Chapter 1 The Meeting
Horace is a giant. A really big giant. He is so much
bigger than the other giants that everyone is afraid of
him, even though he is very nice. When he sees
someone, he always smiles and says hello. His teeth
are so big that his smile frightens them and they run
away, so he lives in the woods all alone. He has lived
alone since he was a teenager, and he is now 297 years
old. That’s not old for a giant though. He has short,
black hair, a short beard and a mustache. If you ignore
his size, he looks like a very kind person. But since his
size is so hard to overlook, most people don’t know he
is a nice guy. More than anything, he wishes he had a
Tiny is an elf. A really small elf. He is so much
smaller than the other elves that everyone teases him
and makes fun of him. They have done this his entire
life, all 24 years of it. He has no friends. He wishes that
if they were going to tease him, they would find
something else to tease him about. He thinks to
himself, "Why can’t they tease me about my stringy
blond hair that needs a cut, or my little pointed ears, or
the way I walk or talk?" One day he gets fed up with
the teasing, so he decides to live in the woods all alone
where no one will be around to tease him.
When he’s alone in the woods, he stops to listen for
voices. Nothing! Pure silence. Well, maybe not silence,
but no people sounds. He is very happy, but gets bored
easily, so Tiny decides to climb a tree so that he can
see the sky. He climbed and climbed until he reached
the top. While he was sitting there Horace happened
"Hello there big guy," Tiny says. "Would you mind
stepping to the left? You’re blocking my view of the
Puzzled by the little man’s reaction to seeing such
a big giant Horace asks, "Aren’t you afraid of me?"
"Why should I be? Are you going to tease me about
my size like everyone else?" replies Tiny.
"No, I won’t tease you. Everyone is really small to
me, So your size isn’t that different from up here.
Aren‘t you going to scream and run away like everyone
else?" asks Horace.
"Well, everyone is a lot bigger than me. If I was
scared of all the people bigger than me, I’d be scared
silly all the time," said Tiny. "Say, what are you doing
out here in the woods?"
"I live here. Everyone is so afraid of me, they won’t
let me live in a town. So I just stay out here alone. I
would never hurt anybody, but they don’t care. Why are
you out here?" Horace asked.
"I want to live out here so that no one ever picks on
me again. They always call me names and push me
around, so I’d rather stay out here alone," said Tiny.
"That’s not nice. Those people are mean. If I had a
friend, I’d never let anyone pick on him," said Horace.
"Well, if I had a friend I’d show everyone how nice
and sweet he is," Tiny said.
"Hey, maybe we could be friends. We could live in
the woods together and travel together and…" Horace
"Just hold on a minute, how are we going to travel
together? I couldn’t keep up with you even if I ran,"
"Then I’ll carry you. You could ride on my shoulder
or in my pocket. Then you would always be taller than
everyone but me, and nothing could block your view of
the sky. What do you say?"
"That sounds great! Say, I’m getting hungry. I know
where a giant bird’s nest full of eggs is, but I can’t
reach it," Tiny said, a little embarrassed.
"No problem, I bet I can. I know where there is a
lake with cool water for us to drink, but it’s surrounded
by mountains bigger than I am. I can’t fit through the
gap," said Horace.
"No problem! I bet I can," Tiny said.
So Horace got the eggs from the high nest. It was
no problem for him to reach. Tiny got the water by
dragging a giant water skin tied to a big rope and filling
it in the lake. When it was full, Horace used the rope to
pull it out again. They ate and talked and laughed until
it started getting dark. Then they decided they had
better find a place to sleep. They found a clearing with
soft grass and stopped there for the night.
They became the best of friends, traveled all over
and had a great many adventures together.