I could see no way of regaining my hat, and mentioned this to Cathy. She said that’s not the spirit, before going into a deep trance.
Snake Scares Smiggin Senseless
A minute later, I couldn’t believe my eyes, but luckily Smiggin did. Because the emerald hat suddenly turned into a snake, and Smiggin quickly threw it into the air.
It flew a few feet, opening up into a full ten foot length, before coiling back and once again becoming the emerald cork hat I’d grown to know and love. I dived to regain it, and grabbed it barely a foot off the ground.
Smiggin Creates another Hole
I saw some leaves and muddy earth below me, and was looking forward to a soft landing, but then the ground opened up.
I heard a cackle, and looked over at Smiggin, who had regained its composure. By the look on its face, smirking Smiggin had obviously used its ghastly powers to open up another hole below where I was about to land.
The holiculturist had done itself proud with this one, and it was much deeper than the last. I faced falling into a hole from which I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to emerge.