|On the other hand, I sometimes wish I didnt believe in ghosts, because Ive no wish to bump into one or walk through one, or whatever happens when one meets a ghost down dark lanes or in empty houses; for there are occasions when I have to walk down dark lanes and when I find myself at home alone.|| But
back to the Grozzies. These terrible creatures had been
spoken about in Mellowmark ever since anyone had anything
to speak about in that country. The Grozzies were as old
as the Mellow Stones themselves; indeed, some knowing
rats even went as far as saying they had been put there
by the Grozzies to mark out their territory.
Perhaps youre wondering what exactly Grozzies were like. Well, Ill tell you for Ive had dealings with creatures very like them myself. They were like Humanfolk in a primitive sort of way. Some of us to this day have Grozzy characteristics one way or another. I certainly have, but I wouldnt want to be associated with them. Theyd come from no one knew where, blundering, as Humanfolk will do, into the world of animals and mucking it up way back in the olden days.
The Grozzies were supposed to be utterly bad. Theyd mellowed a bit when this story opens, but they were still pretty anti-social by our standards. Theyd gone into the depths of the earth thousands of years before simply because the sunlit world above had grown too beautiful for them.