Vagn and the She Mouse
apon a time, in the hills of Hollywood, California, there once
lived a family of fairies. The family consisted of a tired,
seventy-five year old grandmother, and two brothers, one who was
charming and seventeen years old while the other was sweet and
eighteen year olds. The two brothers lived with their gruff
grandmother in a small two-story home near the woods. The younger
brothers' name was Thor and he was strongly favored by many of
the young female fairies in town. Thor was tall, buff, and knew
how to work his charm with the ladies. The older brother,
however, was the complete opposite of his younger brother; Vagn
was short, repulsively ugly and, sadly, was hated by all of the
female fairies in town.
Many do not believe that
Vagn and Thor are brothers because of each of their apperance,
but many do not realize the ugly and beauty in the two brothers.
Vagn may have been ugly but his heart was made of gold and he had
a nurturing behavior. He could bring dead flowers back to life
just by the sound of his sweet, longing voice. Thor, on the other
hand, had a materialistic behavior that many did not see, for it
was his dashing good looks that over shadowed his ugly side. Thor
only dated the prettiest of the prettiest girls and only wore
designer clothing like Zhanel and Talph Dauren.
brothers were not only different in personality and looks, but
also in age. Vagn and Thor argued a lot about who was older and
who should and shouldn't do the chores because the other is the
oldest while the other is the youngest. Though, these silly
conversations were not the similairities that Vagn and Thor
shared: They shared a grandmother.
Grandmother Birna watches
over her grandchildren, while their mother and father travel
around the world, collecting valuables. Thor was Grandmother
Birna's favorite grandchild! She babied Thor and enabled his
materialistic behavior with thousand of dollars to spend on shoes
and pamper himself with the finest thing in life. Grandmother
Birna did not see the ugly in Thor, like any other swooning
female, but she did see the ugly on Vagn. Grandmother Birna
despised Vagn! She calls him insulting name and orders him to do
the chores around the house, while never giving him a
Even though Vagn thinks it
is unfair of how Grandmother Birna treats him, he still forgives
her for her biased attitude. Grandmother Birna expected Thor to
be the first and only brother to marry amongst him and Vagn. She
could never picture Vagn in a tuxedo, ready to say his vows to
his lovely wife, but this all changed the day that Grandmother
Birna sent him to water the flowers in the garden. .
It was a
Spring afternoon when Vagn was just walking back inside the house
from washing off the windows. He hadn't even been inside for a
whole minute until Grandmother Birna yelled out, "Vagn, you
idiot! You didn't clean the dishes! Go into the kitchen and get
the work down!"
sighed, "Yes Grandmother." He went into the small kitchen and
started to clean the pile of dishes stacked within the sink,
which he had cleaned that same morning after their breakfast.
Grandmother Birna was handing Thor his fifth and finale chocolate
chip cookie, pleased to feed her grandchild.
Make your brother another batch of cookies!" Grandmother Birna
got up from out of her chair, wobbling over to the kitchen with
her cane in the right hand and plate in the left. "Did ya hear me
boy!" She wacked Vagn within the back of his leg with her cane
and thrust the plate into the sink with the rest.
Grandmother," Vagn frowned and rubbed at the throbbing sensation
in the slope of his leg. Grandmother Birna nodded stubbornly and
wobbled back into the living room to settle back down into her
chair - without the help from Thor who was sitting across from
her, with his feet propped up on the coffee table and hand and
arms folded behind his head.
Grandmother Birna and Thor shouted out an order to Vagn to
make more chocolate chip cookies. Vagn was hustling between the
stove and washing the dirty dishes. When he was finally finished
with the washing and drying off of the dishes and slid a batch of
chocolate chip cookies in the oven, he sighed and walked into the
living room to plop down on the couch and propped his feet up on
the coffee table.
Grandmother Birna's mouth gaped while Thor's eyes widened as
he stared at the other set of feet on the coffee table surface.
Grandmother Birna slapped Vagn's shins with her cane, "Boy! What
have I told you about putting your feet up on the coffee table?
Only Thor is allowed to do that after a hard days work! Do you
curled his legs into his chest, rubbing his shins, "But,
Grandmother, Thor hasn't done anything all day! He doesn't even
have a job-"
you nimcompoop!" Grandmother Birna wacked Vagn again but this
time hitting him in the small of his back, making him wince and
fall off the couch and onto the ground. "Get up! You have no
right to be on the ground! Only Thor can sit on the ground! Now
get up on your feet you lazy child and check on Thor's cookies -
they better not be burnt!" Grandmother Birna continued to wack at
Vagn as he ran past her and fled into the kitchen to check on
Thor's cookies. "Ohh, Vagn," Grandmother Birna cooed as she held
a sly smile upon her sagging pale face.
Grandmother?" Vagn asked, walking around the corner and back into
the living room.
watered my flowers today, Vagn?" Grandmother Birna asked, looking
up into the eyes of her least favorite grandson.
Grandmother," Vagn said sheepishly, shaking his
Grandmother Birna raised an eyebrow as she tightened her grip
upon her cane, "And why not?"
forgot?" It came out as a question because Vagn wasn't sure how
she would take the news. Grandmother Birna hated hearing the
words "no" or "forgot", especially when it came out of Vagns
out there and start watering my flowers!" Grandmother Birna
hissed as her olive eyes went stiff and cold.
nodded, "Yes Grandmother," he said timidly and grabbed the
watering can from underneath the counter skin and walked out the
front door, forgetting to close the door behind him. When
Grandmother yelled out that he better close the door, he walked
back to shut the door and made his way towards Grandmother
Birna's garden. Vagn did not dare say to Grandmother Birna that
"her" garden was techinally "his" garden.
the doctor told Grandmother Birna that she would die within three
months unless she did something that was stress free and brought
her spirits up. Well, Grandmother Birna requested - more like
demanded - that Vagn plant her a garden on top of a hill facing
East. Afterwards, when the seeds were planted and watered,
Grandmother Birna told him that his new chore was to water her
flowers. Vagn did not protest, so for the next six months, he
watered her flowers until they bgean to sprout and bloom. Vagn
was quite silly to think that after her flowers bloomed, that
Grandmother Birna would take up the job of caring for her own
garden. Well, three weeks later after not watering the flowers,
Grandmother Birna decided to take a trip up to her garden and see
how it was progressing. Grandmother Birna was livid when she saw
her wilting flowers! Vagn tried to make sense with his
Grandmother that it was "her" garden and that she should be
taking care of "her" garden. Did his explanation resolve
anything? No. However, he did earn some bruises over his body and
from that day on, Vagn never said a word about "her"
made it to the top of the hill, he couldn't resist to smile at
the dozens of beautiful beaming flowers that created a rainbow
along the grass. Vagn set the watering can underneath spout of
the well and began to pump out glistening clear blue water into
the bucket. The water was like no other! It was fresh from the
Pacific Ocean and it was the only type of water that the fairies
used when caring for their garden. You see, back in the time of
B.C., a fairie named Hinrik was on an adventure to discover the
unknown land (which is now known as America) but that night was a
terrible night for the fairie. Charcoal clouds swam over the
skies and blocked out any light from the shining sun and the
waves began to roar hungerily and the skies began to scream out
thunder. The ship that Hinrik was on had fallen apart into pieces
and Hinrik and his men on board were forced into the ocean and it
was no surprise that his men had died. The fairie, however,
lasted a little longer until an enmorous wave fell over Hinrik
and shoved his head underneath the water.
process, Hinrik had swallowed and breathed in too much water. The
fairie thought his luckcouldn't get any worse until he saw an
object swimming towards him. He couldn't tell what the object
was, for his vision was blurred and when the object came into at
least arms length, Hinrik's silver eyes widened. It was a hungry
shark coming his way and the shark enguled Hinrik and it is known
still to that very Spring day, that Hinrik's fairie blood is what
makes the water so magnficent!
was pumping the water, he began to hum a lovely song to himself
and when he did this, it brought the forest animals come
wandering out and today, a tiny, squeaky mouse came scattering
out from underneath a leafy green bush.
me, sir," the mouse spoke, nudging at Vagn's ankle with her
small, pink nose.
frowned and looked around in hopes to find whatever voice had
just spoken to him, and when he felt a furriness at his bare
ankle and spotted the mouse, he jumped, startled. "A-are you
speaking to me?"
I am," said the mouse, wriggling her fine whiskers.
frowned, he had never seen nor heard a mouse speak before. Oh,
what a sight! "B-but mice can't speak!"
we can not but you see, I am actually a young girl trapped inside
a mouses body," explained the mouse. "Now, would you be ever so
kind to give me a drop of that delicious water? I've asked so
many others but they keep running off for whatever reason." The
mouse said, shrugging her tiny shoulders.
hesitated, gazing in between the water inside the can and the
green-eyed, pleading mouse. "I am very sorry, but I have to water
sighed, "Oh, but please! If you do not give me a drop of that
water before midnight, I will be stuck like this forever! Please,
sir, you are the only way to break this curse!"
frowned and kneeled down to the mouse, "Curse? What curse? Can't
you just visit a nearby river and receive water that
shook her tiny brown head, "I am afriad not. You see, there was
this witch that turned me into this mouse. She cast a spell on me
and if I do not a get a fairie, like yourself, to give me water,
then I shall live in this body for the rest of eternal life! Now
please, sir, please give some water! If you do, I will grant the
treasure of love from another living being and you too well get
married, and I'll give you the power of wealth! Now how does that
Wealth!" The mouse exclaimed with bulging eyes, "Each time you
speak, diamonds and gold with fall right off your tongue with
every word! Now what do you say?"
not believe that a mouse could grant him this propose and if she
could, then he was dreaming! He sighed and shook his head, "Well,
I am sorry, but I am tempted by those promises." The mouses green
eyes widened even more, impressed by his selflessness. "However,
I will give you a drop of water so you can escape that mousy
you!" Squeaked the mouse. Vagn lifted the mouse into the palm of
his hand, tipped the can carefully to one side and leaned the
mouse towards the water. The green-eyed mouse stuck out her tiny
pink tongue and took a small sip of the cool water. "I am done
now, thank you," said the mouse and Vagn set her back on her
feet. "You are ever so kind! By five 'o clock tonight, I will be
back in my normal body! What is your name sir?" The mouse smiled
up at Vagn with admiring, pleased eyes.
is-" Gold and diamonds began to poor off of Vagn's tongue and he
gasped, staring at the pile of polished gold and diamonds that
sparkled on the ground.
just lovely?" The mouse smiled at the pile of gold and diamonds
then looked back into the eyes of the man that had just saved
her. "What is your name sir?" she repeated.
another spill of diamonds and gold slipped out of Vagns
Vagn! You are a kind man and just like these diamonds and gold,
your heart is made of such beauty!" The mouse smiled, "You
could've walked away or let temptation lead you to your success,
but no. You are a good samaritan, Vagn! Catch you later!" The
mouse winked her emerald green eyes up at Vagn before she hurried
off into the woods.
silently sat there for a moment, astonished by what had just
happened. He sighed, grinning toothily, then remembered that he
had to water the flowers and went on with his task.
got back home, Grandmother Birna shot him evil daggers. "You
fool! You took too long to get home! Now Thor's cookies are
burnt!" She threw the tray of burnt chocolate chip cookies into
up and glared at his brother, "You numnut! You had me wait
forever!" Actually, in
reality, it had only been twenty minutes since Vagn had left.
"What took you so long?"
Vagn shrugged, "I'm sorry,
Grandmother. I'm sorry, Thor. I guess I lost track of
time. I'll make another batch right this instant!" He hung his
head while Grandmother Birna and Thor froze in place, taken back
at the sight of gold and diamonds that had just slipped out from
his mouth. They couldn't believe their eyes, gold and diamonds
just came out of Vagn's mouth! Grandmother Birn and Thor slowly stalked
towards the pile on the floor that sparkled and glistened. Vagn
set the watering can on the counter top, put the burnt cookies
down the garbage disposal and started up a new batch of cookies
for Thor. When Vagn placed the tray inside the oven, he turned
around at the sight of two pairs of eyes staring back at
Grandmother Birna spoke softly, "Where did all of this gold and
diamonds come from?"
completely forgotten the gift that the mouse had granted him and
he stared at the gold and diamonds cradled in Grandmother Birna's
and Thor's hands. "I don't know," he shrugged and another spill
of gold and diamonds slipped off his tongue.
Grandmother Birna wobbled over to her grandson and wacked him
in the side of his knee, "Don't you lie to me boy! Where did this
come from? How are you able to speak with diamonds and gold
coming out of your mouth?"
Thor joined his Grandmothers side with envoius narrowed eyes,
"Spill the beans! . . . Or in your case, the
blue eyes darted back and forth between his Grandmother and
brother, he thought that they wouldn't believe him but he decided
to give them the truth. He explained to them why it took him so
long to come back home then told them about the talking
Grandmother Birna was
outraged, "What? This can't be true! You're ugly and you're hated
by many people! This can't happen to you! This has to happen to
Thor, not you!" She turned to her other grandson and
grasped his round, muscular shoulders, "Thor," she spoke gently.
"Go to my garden and hum a song then, I want you to act nicely to
the mouse when she comes out and give her some water!" She glared
over her shoulder at Vagn, "You should be getting married and
you should have diamonds and gold spill out of
your mouth, not this pest!"
glared at his brother then met his Grandmothers eyes and shook
his head, "I don't feel like doing-"
Grandmother Birna slapped Thor across the cheek before he
could finish his sentence and stared up into the boys eyes with a
long pointed finger. "You will go to the mouse and act nicely!
Now go!" She ordered.
and Vagn stared at their Grandmother in surprise, while Thor had
his hand pressed to his hot, red cheek, he nodded and snatched
the watering can and rushed out of the house.
made it to the top of the hill, he placed the watering can
underneath the spout and began to pump, lazily and hummed a
cracky tune while he looked around for any sight of a talking
out at his left was an old woman with an old wooden cane and
dressed in a blue cloak. "Excuse me young man," she said weakly,
"Mind if you give a sweet old lady like myself, some of that
grandma!" Thor waved a dismissive hand, never meeting the old
beggars eyes. "This water isn't for an old bag like you! Shoo and
go away! Go find some other gulliable guy to give you water!" The
old womans eyes widened, not taking kindly to his rude words and
she began to recite a chant underneath her breath. "Go away you
old hag-" When Thor spoke again, toads and snakes rushed out of
his mouth. He screamed in horror and stared at the slithering
vipers and hopping frogs on the ground then he looked up and the
old woman was gone.
screamed all the way home while waterfalls of toads and snakes
came rushing out his mouth. When Grandmother Birna asked what
happened, Thor told her the story and with every word, a toad and
snake slipped off his tongue. Grandmother Birna gasped and turned
around to a bugged eyed Vagn and she forced him out of her house,
while Thor stood and cried.
evening, at five 'o clock, Vagn was perched on a rounded rock
while facing a rushing river in the woods. A light hand rest on
the boys shoulder and he looked up to see a smiling, beautiful
young girl of his own age, with locks of mousy brown hair and
eyes of emerald green. "Hi," she said and sat down next to Vagn,
looked at the girl, amazed that she hadn't run off screaming
calling him an ogre and other mean names after she witnessed his
Gleda," she said, holding out a small hand.
took her hand and shook it. After that, they sat in silence,
staring at the river. Gleda took his face into her hands and she
looked into his eyes before she laid a kiss upon the boys lips.
Vagn stared at her, his heart racing in his chest and virbrating
in his ears with his eyes bulged and filled with complete
surpise. "W-what was t-that for?" He asked,
pointed to the river, "Look," she said with a cheery
hestitated and looked at the reflection in the water. What stared
back up at him was a handsome man with his same blue eyes but
with a handsome face. Vagn couldn't believe his eyes, this
couldn't be him, it just couldn't! He pressed his hands to his
face, massaging his cheeks and running a hand through his rich
hair. Vagn gazed at the giggling Gleda and then it registered
what had just happened.
Grandmother Birna was disgusted by Thor's sudden ugliness and she
forced the young boy out of her house, while he begged and
pleaded with her as toads and snake fell out of his mouth.
Grandmother Birna shooed her now repulsive grandson away from her
house with her cane. She slammed the door shut after seeing that
Thor ran away into the night and she sat in her chair, thinking
about the days events. Slowly, she started to drift off in the
cold silence and that night, Grandmother Birna died in her home
as a miserable old, lonely woman. . .
Moral of the story is "Greed is an ugly thing but kindness is a
beauty, for if you are kind, good things will come your
Based off of the folktale
"Diamonds and Toads",