| One old
rat, Codger Squeak, said hed been grozzified way
back in his youth. Fortunately for him, the clouds had
parted just as a Grozzy was coming to pick him up and the
moonbeam which fell on him saved him. No Grozzy will stay
above the ground when its light, even moonlight,
and theyd scuttled back into the mines hissing and
yammering in a most unpleasant way said Codger.
Hed been found by his dad next morning, still grozzified and unable to move. And so hed remained for days till the wise Dorwoman, who lived over the border in Domusland, had been brought in to look at him. She knew a thing or two, did old Widow Dor and her herbal dressing had brought Codger to his senses again.
tried to tell his dad what had happened. He didnt
believe him and went so far as to order him never to
speak about it again. Nevertheless, Codger stuck to his
story. He knew what had happened and he wasnt going
to change his story for anyone ... not after he grew up,
anyhow. And the older he got, the more he elaborated his
tale. He could hold younger rats spellbound for hours
telling of how hed been grozzified at their age and
what it felt like.
The older rats claimed they didnt believe him. It was highly significant, though, that none of them would go out at night without a well-lit lantern. On very dark nights they didnt go out at all, but kept the darkness well outside behind locked doors.
Despite Codger Squeaks story and other tales which sprang up, Nero Squinks remained unmoved. As I said, hed little imagination when it came to believing in things like Grozzies, though hed once imagined his voice supreme.