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” Malkot, a goblin with long ears, started explaining, “I don’t like life in the village and you don’t either.
” The goblin said and brushed the long robesout from under his feet.
“You got that right, ” Ctunk, another goblin, agreed, nodding, and rubbed his long nose.
“I don’t see how us not being happy heremeans we need to leave, ” Zeng said and frowned.
This goblin had a number of little bumps onhis head as though he had been hit on the head recently, and he rubbed them gently.
Malkot and Ctunk sighed.
“If we leave, then we won’t get hit oryelled at, ” Malkot said again.
“My mechanical suit needs three to work.
We can leave the goblin village and go tothe human village.
So, you and Ctunk won’t get hit all thetime.
” “Won’t humans just hit us too?” Zeng asked and rubbed the swollen bumps onhis head, “I mean you’re smart, Malkot, and I trust you and Ctunk, but I don’t understand.
Humans don’t like goblins.
Why wouldn’t they just hit us too?” “That’s the beauty of the suit, Zeng, ”Malkot said.
“We’ll be hiding.
They won’t know we’re goblins.
” “But I don’t know how to speak human, ”Zeng said.
The other two sighed again.
“You and I will be in the suit hiding, ”Ctunk explained, “Malkot will be the one speaking.
” Ctunk and Malkot wait.
Zeng seemed to be thinking a lot harder thanhe had ever before.
It had only taken an hour of explaining toget this far with Zeng and it looked like he might finally get it.
“Oh, okay, ” Zeng finally said.
“But won’t we need jobs?” Malkot opened his mouth and then realizedthat he hadn’t thought about that.
“Yeah, but you have a knack for findingmagical herbs, and I know how to make potions, and Ctunk is good with tools, ” Malkot said.
“I’m sure we can just set up a shop tosell potions to make a living, and while we do that I do have some human money we canuse.
” “You do?” Ctunk asked.
“How much do you have?” Malkot was a little embarrassed.
“I’m not actually sure, but I think itshould be enough for a little while, ” Malkot said, but he wasn’t sure.
He knew he had a total of 200 coins, but therewere three different types of coins and that was a little confusing.
Zeng thought for a bit more and a few minutespassed.
“Okay, let’s go, ” Zeng consented.
The other two cheered [cheered in celebration], more in celebration that Zeng finally understood the situation than to Zeng agreeing to leave.
They left the village that night and startedtheir journey to a large human town.
They walked along the road in the suit Malkotbuilt, so they could practise using it.
It had three spots, one for the main driverwho operated both arms and was the head, and one for one left leg and helping with theleft arm, and the other for the right leg and right arm.
It took a lot of practice to use it right, and Malkot was happy no one was around because he definitely thought they looked like theywere about to fall out of a tree.
You see, when goblins drink, they like todo it in a tree, and when they drink too much they can often fall out.
When they finished for the day, every nightMalkot would make some adjustment to help out with making the suit work better whileZeng went out to collect herbs and Ctunk collected food and water.
It was a good thing the village was a longway away because it took nearly a week of using it and practicing to get it workingjust right.
In that week they had managed to gather enoughherbs and made enough potions to sell when they finally got to town.
They felt they had a good chance, since theydid pass by a few humans, and even though they got a few weird looks, none of the humansattacked them.
“Good day, there uh, ” Malkot was prettysure the human he was talking to was a man.
Is there a place to, uh, ” Malkot’s vocabularywas limited, “eat and sleep?” “Yeah, there’s a tavern over there, ”The man said and gave the walking monstrosity a strange look, but pointed to a sign thatread “The Sleepy Sow” that had a picture of a pig with drooping eyes and its head lulledto one side.
“Thank you, ” Malkot said and then whispereddown to the others where to go.
They walked to the tavern and Malkot was, after a few attempts, to get the door open and they walked inside.
The tavern was not busy and there were quitea few open tables.
“What do we do?” Zeng whispered up, in goblin.
“Do we just sit down?” Ctunk asked in a fevered whisper, also ingoblin.
Malkot thought hard about what to do but wassaved by a lady wiping down a table.
“Just sit anywhere you want, ” she saidand stood up and turned around.
“I’ll be right with you?” “Thank you, ” Malkot said and then directedthe others to sit at a table in the corner of the tavern.
It took a little while but the lady came upto their table.
“How can I .
you?” The barmaid asked as she looked at the suit, with Malkot’s head sticking out.
“We would, ” Malkot caught himself, “Iwould like three bowls of .
” his arm moved with a little wooden creak and pointedto what someone else was eating, “That, ” he finished.
“Sure, that will be six copper, ” the barmaidsaid, and her voice was questioning, but Malkot didn’t catch that since he was still newto using the human language.
“Just a moment, ” the arm was swinginginside the suit, and Ctunk held up the money pouch as the hand clutched the bag and thenslung it out.
The bag slipped out of the mechanical handand dropped to the table.
“Sorry, wormy fingers, ” Malkot said.
The barmaid squinted at Malkot and smiled.
“I haven’t heard that before, ” she said, picked up the pouch, pulled out 6 copper coins and put the pouch back on the table.
“Normally we say butter fingers.
” “Oh, right, ” Malkot said, quickly realizingthat he made a big mistake, “Butter fingers.
” “I’ll be right back with your soup, ”she said and looked at the suit with an appraising squint.
Unfortunately, Malkot was too busy tryingto pick up the pouch with the suit’s hand to notice.
When she left, Ctunk just reached out andpulled the pouch back inside the suit.
“We should have practiced using the hands, ”Ctunk whispered up.
“Yeah, ” Zeng whispered up as well, “It’shard to use the arm if I can’t see.
” “I’ll have to do some adjusting laterso we can work that out, ” Malkot said, trying out the hand motion on the suit, and stoppedsuddenly when the barmaid headed their way with a tray with three bowls of soup on it.
She put the three bowls of soup down and steppedback a little bit.
“So, where did you come from?” She asked.
Malkot froze for a moment as he tried to thinkup something to say.
“We, uh, I came from the forest.
” Malkot realized he didn’t know thewords for the different directions and then swung one arm to point at the direction theycame from.
“I don’t know of any settlements in thatdirection, ” she said.
“Is it a big place?” “No, I lived mostly alone, ” Malkot saidand his nose was twitching at the smell of the soup which smelled really good.
“Oh, what made you decide to come here?” She asked.
“I wanted to make money and find a placeto live, ” Malkot said.
His words were a little slow as he reachedthe peak of his human speech.
“Oh, what can you do?” She asked, and Malkot could feel Ctunk andZeng trying to peek through the robes to see where the smell of the food was coming from.
Malkot kicked them to have them go back totheir stations.
“We – I… make, ” And he had to thinkhard about what were the right words in human to explain what they were going to do, “Medicinefrom plants.
” “We do need a good potion maker here, ”she said and looked down at the soup.
“What’s your name?” “Malkot, ” he answered before he thoughtabout it, and then growled at himself in anger for not thinking up a human name in advance.
“I’ll leave you to your food then.
” She turned to leave.
“Wait, ” Malkot said.
“I need a place to sleep.
” “We do have a few rooms, and they are threesilver a night, ” she said.
“How many nights do you need?” “Five, ” Malkot said and he swung his armback in to try and get the pouch again.
This time he was able to put it on the tablewithout it falling out of the machine’s fingers.
The barmaid picked up the pouch, and she pickedthrough the pouch and was able to find 15 silver.
“Just one room?” She asked before putting the pouch back onthe table.
“I am one human, ” Malkot said and triedto smile.
“Right, ” she said, looking at the middleof the cloak covering the suit.
“I’ll lead you to your room when you’vefinished with your soup.
” She left and the moment she turned her back, Zeng and Ctunk grabbed a bowl of soup and pulled it inside the suit.
“Hand me up mine, ” Malkot said quietlyin goblin.
Zeng handed up the last bowl and they alldrank the soup down noisily.
It was so good that they didn’t even botherto hide for a second or two, but once they realized they were out of the suit they quicklyfinished the soup and put the bowls back on the table.
“I’d be willing to stay here just forthat, ” Ctunk said quietly.
“That was delicious.
” “I know, ” Zeng whispered.
“What do you think was in it?” “I don’t know, but I know the meat wasn’tsquirrel or deer, ” Malkot whispered down.
The barmaid walked towards the table fromacross the tavern.
“Quick, get back to your places, ” Malkotwhispered frantically down to the others.
“Did you like the soup?” She asked, smiling.
“It was very good, ” Malkot said, smilingfor real this time.
“Would you like some more?” She asked.
Malkot thought about it but didn’t wantto pay for more since he wasn’t sure how much money he really had left.
“It would be on the house, ” she said, and Malkot looked at her blankly, trying to figure out what she said.
“It would be free, no charge.
” Malkot understood that and really wanted more, but wasn’t sure if he could get a bowl more for each of them.
He suddenly realized that humans must noteat three bowls of soup and still want more.
He tried to whisper down to his friends ingoblin, as quietly as he could.
“She wants to know if we want more?” Malkot whispered in goblin, trying not tomove his lips.
“Yes' was the quick whisper back from bothZeng and Ctunk.
“Yes, w-I would, ” Malkot said, nodding.
“Okay, three more bowls on the house, ”she picked up the bowls and left for the kitchen.
The moment she walked away, a man walked up.
He was large, covered in hair, scowling, andhad a large sword on his hip.
Malkot froze and didn’t know what to do.
They must have been found out.
Zeng and Ctunk also froze.
They didn’t bring any weapons and didn’tplan on fighting this soon.
“Hi, I’m Bert.
I understand you make medicine, ” Bert said.
This was the largest human they have seenso far, and Malkot froze.
He heard the words but the words mulled inhis head for a few seconds before he realized what was actually asked.
“Yes, we have medicine, ” Malkot said, forgetting to use the singular term this time.
“You see, I have a stomach ache, somethingfierce, and was wondering if you had anything onyou that would help, ” Bert said and rubbed his stomach.
“Your stomach?” Malkot didn’t understand the word at firstbut once he saw where the man was rubbing, he caught on.
“Something for your stomach.
Just a moment.
” Malkot kicked Zeng and fervently whimpereddown, “Do we have a stomach ache cure?, ” as quietly as he could and swung a woodenarm into his suit.
He looked up at the man and laughed nervously, and Zeng and Ctunk searched through the potions they made and put a stomach aid into the hand.
“It’s in the hand, ” Zeng whispered up.
Malkot pulled the hand out of the suit andreached the wooden arm out towards the man with the bottle of what looked like a slightlymuddy brown mixture.
The man took the bottle and uncorked it andinhaled deeply.
His eyes grew wide for a moment, then he drankthe bottle down.
After drinking the entire content, he sighedin relief and set the bottle down on the table and then pulled out a money pouch.
“I know those can’t be cheap.
And that worked great and actually didn’ttaste like garbage, ” the man said as he pulled out a gold coin, then placed it onthe table with the bottle.
When the barmaid returned with the soup, Bertwalked away and gave the barmaid a nod before he left the tavern.
The barmaid put down the three bowls of soupand left.
Malkot was still frozen with a dumb smileon his face.
The three goblins took a while before theywere able to muster up the courage and eat the soup.
They were starving before, but the thoughtthat they were caught really shook them and it took them awhile to finish the soup.
When they finished these bowls the barmaidled them to their room for the night, they walked like they were about to fall out ofa tree, and once the door was closed, they all popped out of the suit as fast as theycould and sank to the floor.
“I thought we were going to die, ” Ctunksaid and sank to all fours.
Zeng crawled up on the bed and started takinglong deep breaths to soothe himself.
“You were in the suit, ” Malkot said, “Hewas massive! I think he could have ripped the arms offa troll, and then beat the troll to death with them.
” “The disguise worked, ” Ctunk said finally, “If it didn’t, we would be dead.
” “Yes, yes, ” Malkot said quietly, “Ithink we just need to get used to all these people and then it’ll be fine.
” “When are we going to collect herbs?” Zeng asked.
“When we need them, ” Malkot said, “It’slucky we had that potion.
” “We need to leave the suit to collect herbs, ”Zeng said.
Ctunk and Malkot’s eyes widened.
“I don’t want to meet that man outsidethe suit, ” Zeng said.
“We’ll have to do that at sunset, ” Malkotanswered, “and pray we don’t see that man while we’re getting herbs.
” They were greeted by the barmaid when theycame to the main room after their first night’s rest.
They were told they got breakfast free, andafter eating were told they could try and just set up a blanket outside.
After breakfast of something called ‘pancakes, ’the goblins head outside.
They set up a little blanket outside the tavernand sat the suit down on it and put out a lot of the potions and poultices, all of whichhe pulled out of the suit when no one was looking.
Malkot made a few small slits so Ctunk andZeng could see a little bit.
“So, these are coppers, ” Malkot said, looking at the copper coins, “and there are ten copper coins to a silver coin, andten silver coins to a gold coin.
” He was a little wary since the man that wasbuying a healing potion was also carrying a large club and a shield.
“Hey, wait a second!” Someone yelled out from behind the crowd, pointing to Malkot and drawing a sword, “Isn’t that a gob–” The person was gagged and dragged off to oneside where Bert and a few other people whispered quietly to the person before letting themgo.
The person then bought a potion before theyleft.
Actually, everyone that bought from the goblinstoday were armed, and Malkot was very alarmed at first, but no one attacked them and bythe end of the day, they were up almost three hundred gold coins.
Malkot congratulated himself on crafting theperfect disguise.
The humans were none the wiser.
But how long can they keep the ruse up? Now, the goblins were able to upgrade froma blanket to a small cart the next day.
Malkot built the rough rustic looking cartthat night while Malkot and Zeng slipped out of the room to get herbs from the forest.
They snuck out and found that the streetswere empty.
They were able to take care of everythingunder the guise of darkness.
After a few nights of heading out to get herbsthey found that the streets were nearly always empty.
“You put this, ” Malkot tried to rememberwhat it was called.
“Poultice?” the Lady said.
“Yeah, poultice, ” Malkot said, “puta hand full in water first so it will not be dry, and then squeeze it so it doesn'thave too much wet, then put it on the hurt and wrap it.
” “So, you want me to soak some of the herbsin water and then squeeze out the excess water and then put in on the injury and wrap it?” The Lady asked.
“Yes, ” Malkot took mental notes aboutwhat she said so he would be able to remember it later.
It seemed like almost everyday, Malkot waslearning new words.
Their healing potions were their best-sellingitems and the most expensive.
Adventurers were coming to town to buy themup and some days, they even brought in over a thousand gold.
“You know, Malkot, ” the barmaid said aftera few months of them staying at the inn.
“We really appreciate you being here forso long, but if you are going to stay in town you might want to buy a house or a shop, andthere is an empty building on the edge of town.
I think I could find out who owns it and youcould buy it from them.
” “We-I (sound as if Malkot mistakenly said“We” and then corrected himself by saying “I”) could buy a house in town?” Malkot asked, surprised.
“Well, yes, ” the Maid said.
“I believe you have enough to buy it.
” “Do we want to buy a house here?” Malkot whispered down to the others in goblin.
“Yes, ” they both whisper up.
“Yes, it would be nice to get a house, ”Malkot said .
It was a few hours and Malkot was at the cartwhen he was approached by a lady holding some paperwork.
“I understand you might want my old store, ”she said.
“It’s still in decent shape but mightneed a little fixing up.
” “Yes, we would like a place, ” Malkot said.
“It has three rooms above the shop and aback room behind the main shop, ” she said, and put the papers on the cart, “I’m askingfor ten thousand gold for the building and the land it’s on.
It does have about ten acres of land thathave been fenced off.
” Malkot knew that was a lot of money.
“Yes, ” Malkot said.
“Let us check to see if I have enough.
” The three spent the next twenty minutes countingout the gold from inside the suit and putting it on the cart.
“That all seems to be in order, ” she said, and then pulled out a quill and ink and signed the paper.
“Now just sign the paper on the other line, and the shop will be yours.
” She put down the quill next to the page andthen turned around for no apparent reason.
Malkot quickly signed the paper with his regularhands while her back was turned since he doesn’t have that kind of control with the mechanicalarm, and then coughed.
The lady turned around, smiled and pickedup the sacks of gold coins.
“Well, it’s all in order, ” she smiled.
“It’s all yours.
” “Thank you, ” Malkot called out.
They were ecstatic; they now had a place oftheir own.
The goblins relocated all the items to theirnew shop.
It did need a few repairs and the land wasfenced off, but the fence was in poor shape, and the roof was leaking and needed some newshingles, and the latches on the doors needed to be fixed, and the tables were a littlerun down.
The goblins ended up buying wood, paint, andpaid the blacksmith for nails, new hinges, and latches.
“You fixed this shop up really fast, ”their first customer said when they opened up the shop for business.
“Could you possibly do some repairs on myhouse?” He chuckled.
Malkot thought about it and then whispereddown to Ctunk.
“He’s asking if we could fix his house?” Malkot whispered.
“Ask what he wants fixed, ” Ctunk whisperedup.
“What needs to be done?” Malkot asked.
“My roof is leaking.
I think I need some shingles replaced, ”the man said, a little taken aback.
“He said his roof leaks, ” Malkot whispereddown.
“It might take a little while, but It couldbe done in a few days, ” Ctunk said.
“Yes, ” Malkot said.
“But it will take a few days.
” “Sounds good, ” the man then bought a potionfor headaches and left.
“I’ll come back to pay for the roof.
” “Ctunk, Zeng, ” Malkot said down in goblin.
“I think we should all learn human so wecan take turns on the shop.
I’ll fix the suit so two of you can runit when it’s sitting down.
” “We’re really close to the forest, ”Zeng noted, “I think I could actually sneak all the way to the forest if we need moreherbs.
I think I could even do that during the day.
” “Starting tomorrow, ” Malkot said, “wecould all take turns doing different things, and we would only need two people here atany time.
That way you can get herbs, I can make potions, and Ctunk can fix things when we need to.
” The next few days the goblins all startedtaking turns running the suit.
They had a sudden surge of customers and Malkotand Ctunk ran the suit while Zeng ran off to the forest to get more herbs.
It took longer than expected for Zeng to getback, but when he did return, he was smiling and had a huge bunch of herbs.
“What took you so long?” Ctunk asked.
“Oh, it was fun being out in the sun again, ”Zeng said.
“We found a lot of herbs in the forest.
” “We?” Malkot asked.
“I, ” Zeng said softly.
“I found a lot of herbs.
” He was still smiling.
The other two frowned but didn’t say anything.
They worked at the shop for a while and theyfound that they started having slow days, when almost no one needed anything, so theydecided to close the store for two days a week.
That gave Ctunk a chance to fix items thatwere brought in by the townspeople, Malkot time to make potions, and Zeng time to collectherbs, and then all time to practice speaking human.
Malkot was better than the others, but Zengwas picking up the language really quickly, much faster than Ctunk.
Zeng also seemed to know words that neitherMalkot or Ctunk had heard before.
He was spending a lot of time collecting herbs, but did sometimes come back, exhausted, without herbs.
When asked, Zeng would just say he must havebeen in the wrong part of the forest.
They really wanted to plant medicinal herbson the land they now owned, but it was one thing to be in the forest getting herbs duringthe day, but they would be seen in their own backyard for sure.
“I always thought Zeng was slower than othergoblins, ” Ctunk said one night while helping Malkot make some more potions.
They were running low on healing salves.
The shop was closed.
“You know, I thought so too, ” Malkot saidwhile melting down some bee’s wax in a pot.
“Maybe, since he’s not getting hit onthe head all the time, his brains are getting better.
” “Maybe, ” Ctunk said, and was measuringout some oil in a cup, “But he always did have a way of getting into trouble.
” “Yeah, ” Malkot said, adding some of theoil and stirring, “But we’ve got a good life here, and I don’t think he would doanything to change that.
I mean, he’s happier than I have ever seenhim before.
” “Well, save that one time he was with thechief’s daughter, ” Ctunk laughed.
“The chief’s daughter was a smashed finger, ”Malkot laughed too.
“All you had to do was wait and you wouldwake up with her in your bed.
” “He woke up in her bed, ” Ctunk laughs.
“That was how he got caught.
The only other time he smiled so much is whenhe was playing with the little ones.
But he insisted on playing nice versions of, rock dodge, stump, hide, and stick bash.
The children loved him, but everyone elsethought he was too soft.
” Something clicked in Malkot’s head and hestopped stirring for a moment.
“Have you noticed that Zeng leaves to collectherbs shortly after the same few kids come in the shop?” Malkot asked.
Ctunk thinks about it for a moment.
“No, that’s dumb, ” Ctunk said finally.
“Human kids wouldn’t play with a goblin.
” “Yeah, you’re right, ” Malkot said, andthey continued making the potions.
Zeng comes back about an hour after dark.
“I got a lot today, ” Zeng said happily.
“You didn’t find anything yesterday, ”Ctunk said.
Zeng frowns, “I had to go deeper in theforest today.
” “We will need to help you for the next fewweeks, ” Malkot said as he separated the different herbs into piles.
“What?” Zeng asked suddenly, “Why?” “Winter’s coming, the trees have alreadystarted changing colors, ” Malkot answered.
“If we don’t get all the herbs we can, we won’t have anything to sell until spring.
” “We’ve got herbs in pots, ” Zeng sayssoftly.
“Those are for emergencies, ” Malkot responded, “and they won’t be enough to cover some of the needs that the village has.
We’ll close the shop in a few days to helpout.
” Zeng dropped the herbs and looked around theroom, seemingly to find another excuse.
“Zeng, ” Ctunk starts.
“Is something wrong?” “No, ” Zeng said quickly and sadly.
Ctunk and Malkot knew something was wrong.
They finished sorting the herbs and went tobed, and Zeng seemed down the entire time.
The next day Zeng was the first one up inthe shop and he slammed the front door when Ctunk came down.
“What were you doing?” Ctunk asked.
“Nothing, ” Zeng said quickly.
“Just making sure the door works.
” “Hmm, ” Ctunk frowned and walked acrossthe room.
Ctunk raised an eyebrow and then tested thedoor.
It stuck a little bit being opened and closed.
I’ll fix that, ” Ctunk said and openedand closed the door a few more times.
“I’ll just need to take a little woodoff the door.
Thanks for finding that.
” “Uh huh, ” Zeng said, slinking away.
Malkot came downstairs.
“Good morning, ” Malkot said in human.
“Let’s put the potions on the shelves.
” “I’ll help, ” Zeng said, and hurriedto the back room to help bring out the potions.
It took a little while to fill the shelves, and they noted the potions that they didn’t have in stock and will need to make later.
The shop was open for a few hours in the morning, and they got lunch at the Sleepy Sow before finishing the day at the shop.
Malkot insisted that they find herbs, andheaded out into the woods for a few hours.
They walked outside in the suit to make surethat they wouldn’t need to worry about being found out as goblins.
Once they were well enough into the forest, they sat the suit down and walked deeper into the woods.
It was after about one hour and the threehad wandered quite a way away from the suit, and the light was just about all gone as thesun had finished setting.
Fortunately, goblins could see in the dark, so they could still search for herbs.
They would have searched for a lot longerbut something happened.
“Hey!” A voice called out in human.
“Malkot!” They recognized the voice of Bert.
All three goblins looked up, and there thelarge man was, standing next to the suit, and looked at it.
The man held up a lantern and frowning.
“What do we do?” Ctunk asked.
“Maybe he won’t notice, ” Zeng said hopefully.
Both Ctunk and Maklot sighed.
“It doesn't have a head, ” Malkot saidsoftly.
The man turned towards the woods and heldup the lantern.
“Goblins, are you there?” Bert yelled.
“We’re found out!” Zeng yelled and dropped his herbs and ranoff.
Malkot and Ctunk took a little longer butyelled out as well.
The man ran out into the woods towards thesound of the yelling, and the goblins scattered, but Zeng ran toward their shop.
“No, don’t, ” Ctunk yelled and ran afterZeng, and Malkot followed after the two.
“Stop!” Bert shouted from behind them, and they cantell they are being pursued.
They three reached the shop and just closedthe door when Bert started pounding on the door.
“He’s going to hit us, ” Zeng said andcovered his head.
“Hit us?” Malkot said, “I that was the big human weran into when we first came to this place! He’s probably going to kill us!” “Hurry, upstairs!” Ctunk sai, d and ran upstairs followed by theothers.
The front door sounded like it got kickedin and the three duck into the first room, and since the beds were large they were ableto all squeeze underneath it.
It sounds like something was dropped on thefloor downstairs and then the man stomped up the stairs and opened the door and heldout the lantern.
“My stomach is killing me, ” Bert said, “and chasing after you hasn’t helped.
” The man lifted the bed off the three goblins.
“Do you have any more of that medicine forstomach aches?” Bert said, holding his stomach.
“You’re not going to hit us?” Zeng asked, holding his head.
“Why would I do that?” Bert asked slowly, “You’re the best potionmakers for miles.
” “I thought humans killed goblins, ” Malkotsaid.
“Well, ” Bert said and grimaced, “I have, but normally only if they are attacking people.
Oh, I brought your silly suit back.
” “Suit?” Ctunk asked.
“Yes, that silly thing you wear around townwhen you’re trying to pretend you’re human, ” Bert said.
“Can we talk about this later? I really need that medicine.
” The three goblins got up and walked down stairswhile the human shadowed them.
The human suit was on the floor in front ofthe counter.
Malkot found the stomach medicine, and gotup on a stool behind the counter.
“That will be five silver?” Malkot asked.
“Sure, ” Bert said and paid for the medicine.
He quickly drank the medicine and sighed withrelief.
“I’m glad you’re not killing us, buthow did you know we were in a suit?” Malkot asked.
“You never covered your face, ” Bert said, “it was a wooden man with a goblin head, everyone in town knows you are goblins.
” “What?” the three asked at the same time.
Bert barked out a thunderous laugh.
“Zeng, ” and Bert pointed at Zeng, “playswith the kids and collects herbs from the forest.
Ctunk, ” and he pointed at Ctunk, “youdo the house repairs at night.
And Malkot, ” and he pointed at Malkot, “Youmake the potions and medicine and usually be the head of the suit, but all three ofyou have been the head of the suit at some time, and you each use your own name whenwe talk to you.
” The three goblins stared at Bert for a moment.
Then almost at the same time hit themselvesin the head.
“Look, if you want to wear the suit, that’sfine, ” Bert said, “but maybe tomorrow you can try just being yourselves.
I’m sorry about the door and scaring you, and thanks for the medicine.
” He tosses down a few more coins onto the counter.
“That’s for the door, ” Bert said, andthen left the shop and closed the door.
“Zeng, ” Ctunk yelled, “You were playingwith the kids!?” “They’re nice and it’s fun to play withthem, ” Zeng said back.
“Ctunk, ” Malkot said loudly, “Pleasefix the door, and we should all just go to bed.
” Ctunk repaired the latch for the door andthey all went to bed.
The next day they talked about what happened, and tried running the shop without the suit, but kept it close by if they needed it.
They were surprised that all their normalpatrons didn’t even seem to care or even notice that they weren’t in the suit.
Some of the people even noted they are gladthe goblins finally felt comfortable to be themselves.
The goblins even, finally, turned their backyard into an herb garden, but with winter coming, they wouldn’t have herbs until spring.
They ran the shop for the next week as goblins, and even went to eat at the tavern a few times as themselves.
There were times that people from out of towndrew their weapons when they entered the shop, but there was usually a townsperson in therethat would berate the person and tell them to put their weapons away, and any fight wasaverted.
“I wish I knew humans were this nice, ”Ctunk said as he worked on fixing a box someone brought in.
“I thought my suit was a perfect disguise, ”Malkot said, and glared at the suit they now kept on the corner of the shop.
“I’m glad I don’t have to pretend towork when I’m playing with the kids, ” Zeng said.
“You should still be working on findingherbs, ” Ctunk said.
“Well, ” Malkot started.
“It’s still better here than where wecame from.
Wait a second, ” Malkot turned to Zeng.
“The kids!” “What?” Ctunk and Zeng asked at the same time.
“That’s why Zeng knows so many words wedon’t, ” Malkot said.
“I guessed that right after Bert told us, ”Ctunk said and went back to work.
And soon this became the goblin’s new routine, their new normal life.
Finally they could be themselves, their trueselves, in their new home.
My heart! Such a wonderful happy ending for the goblins.
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