The Cashmere Gnome Door Committee has been hard at work this weekend looking for a resolution to our Riverside Center dilemma. We looked at relocating the door. It was not ideal. After much deliberation (and even a little bit of singing - see the Story of the Gnome Valley Soda Fountain for details on why), we gnomes have decided the time just isn't right. The very best place for our door is where it is right now - in the Cashmere Riverside Center Foyer, magically hidden from view. Someday when human belief in the Gnomes of Cashmere is strong enough, we'll reveal the door. Until then, if you believe, be sure to say "I wish to see the Gnome door!" anytime you enter Riverside Center. Maybe your belief will make all the difference.
Sometimes making progress is just plain hard. We gnomes built our beautiful Gnome Riverside Music Center and we want to reveal its door to our human neighbors! Unfortunately, right now, we can't. It's not the City of Cashmere's fault. The City of Cashmere is very supportive of our door project (look for another door on city property soon!) and all Cashmere gnomes, in fact. But we do have an obstacle. A human obstacle. Our human obstacle sadly believes other humans will hurt our door, so does not want it directly exposed. We think that's so sad! And so not fun!! We'll be looking for other options - perhaps we'll move our Riverside Music Center to a different location (that would be a lot of work...it has a lot of underground rooms)...or perhaps we'll simply keep that one hidden until the time comes when humans trust each other just a little bit more...
Today we revealed a fourth door...MINE! I'm the only gnome (so far!) who has decided to reveal the door to their own personal residence. In revealing it, I'm also revealing my boat locker and my oh-I'm-so-proud-of-myself! trophy which I won with Tao (my human hero!) by my side. Yah, yah, yah, it's true he doesn't know I was actually with him, but that's just a technicality!
I need to get cracking on my story. I was supposed to have it done a while ago. Did I mention I'm a procrastignome?
We all gnew that revealing our Magical Vault to the humans was risky. We gnew it would reduce our protection against trolls. What we didn't realize was that, although we are more exposed to trolls now, we have humans helping us!
This week a blasted troll tried to break into the vault again. He was able to tear a small piece of the protection lock off it. But his attempt was THWARTED by a kind-hearted human, who appeared out of nowhere - startled the troll, who dropped the lock and bolted for the hills. The human picked up the broken piece of lock, brought it into the Cashmere Valley Bank lobby and the staff there was nice enough to get the piece back to us, the Gnomes of Cashmere!
Our experiment is working!! We love humans!!
A third door has been revealed! This one is at the venerable Gnome Valley Bank (back entrance). In addition to their already revealed Magical Vault of Everything, the Jenssons have bravely decided to also reveal their Safely Deposit Box Vault Door. They figured the reveal would be good advertising as they're running a special on the boxes this month - they're free to rent as usual, but if you rent one during the month of August, you'll receive a year's subscription to the Gnome Valley Record gnewspaper! What a deal!! And they think it'll show those trolls a valuable lesson: Hallo Trolls! We're not afraid of you!!!
Oh the drama! Yesterday was such an exciting day. Torgen and Thelma Jensson, after much deliberation, agreed to reveal to humans the door to the Magical Vault of Everything. So just before a late bedtime for them (around 9am), they removed the invisible spell from the door and *Presto* it could be seen by all humans.
THEN! In the wee hours of afternoon, while all gnomes in the valley were sound asleep, someone tried to break into the vault!!! Of course, we immediately suspected the Nahahum Troll Klan, because they have certainly tried to break in before (the last time they tried they broke the concrete below the left corner of the door).
But, alas, we think it might have been just a well-meaning and curious human who had probably never seen a gnome door before and so tried to open it.
We learned a very valuable lesson through this experience. It turns out that gnome protect spells don't protect gnomes or their things from humans. It's been a bit of a shocker for the community to realize this. It appears that humans are the only creatures against whom gnomes do not have natural protective abilities. We really hope this experiment to reveal our doors doesn't result in our destruction. But if it does, we will have no regrets. It was time for the humans to gnow we are here and we care about them. Hopefully, they will care about us in return.
p.s. we fixed the door & put up some extra protection and an alarm box.! Yeah for Teodor & Milly Jensson (Torgen & Thelma's children). They worked all through Friday night and stayed up 1/2 of Saturday to complete the repairs. Hopefully that'll do the trick, at least for a while anyway. That vault door is awfully old. Perhaps it needS to be replaced. *sigh* nothing last forever I guess...including magical vaults of everything!
Oh, Ulrik! You're my hero! OF COURSE, you would be the first brave gnome to reveal your door to the humans. You were always SOOOO brave (and handsome)! Just teasing! You know I love you. Hats off to Maynard too! Maynard, I know you're the real brains behind the Gnome Hardware operation (and having to always put up with ol' Strike. Poor you!.
I am Neva Zella Whipple Fairhair, IX. I am the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great granddaughter of the first gnome king of Norway. I live in Gnome Valley USA (which to humans is called Cashmere, WA)