The Lord of the Kitchen
by Mel Baggins
The Soup-Pot of Galangal
In the middle of a quiet night in the woods
of Lavender, Galangal walks softly to her kitchen. As she does,
Froegano, a Chippit of WorscheShire wakes and follows silently behind.
They arrive and Galangal takes a measuring cup of water, slowly pouring over the ingredients in the pot. She looks to Foregano.
"Will you look into the pot?"
"What will I see?"
"Even the most skilled cannot tell, for the
pot holds many things. Vegetables well done, pasta al dente, and some
things that have not yet been cooked." And so with fear Froegano
approaches the pot and looks in. Suddenly, he jumps back with a cry.
"I've been splashed! And it's Tomato!!" He shows the stain to Galangal with a frown.
"It is what will come to pass if you lean too
close," says Galangal. She opens the fridge and takes out a sandwich.
"Here, this is cooler." Foregano bites into the sandwitch and a
cucumber falls from the end, soiling his furry feet with mayonnaise.
"My sandwich! What's happened to it?"
"The sandwich is breaking...it has already begun. You know of what I speak, one by one they will all fall!"
"If you ask it of me," says Foregano, "I will return the sandwich."
"You offer it to me freely? I do not deny my
stomach has greatly desired this...in place of a slim elf you would
have a hobbit!" She reaches for the sandwich, but then stops herself.
"No, I mustn't...remember the last time...."
"But I cannot eat this alone!" cries Foregano. Galangal kneels before him.
"Even the smallest stain can soil the clothes
of the Eldar." She moves her hand and reveals a patch of gold on her
silver dress. "This is mustard, the stain of Lavender, and I am its
keeper. This sandwich was appointed to you, and if you do not eat it
all, no one will."
"Then I know what I must stomach, but I'm
afraid to eat it." Just then Foregano's friends, Sage, Millet and
Paprika, come out of the trees.
"Oh, boy! A sandwich!" cries Paprika.