As you will be aware, I have a fondness for elves, in particular the Urban Elf. They are far more common than many would imagine but to glimpse one takes time and patience. They are exceptionally fleet of foot when they want to be and are extremely camera-shy. However, I have discovered over time that the Urban Elf is not averse to being sketched, but you have to be quick. You can see some examples here.
This morning I headed down to our local park with the skinny dogs. It was a little after 8am and the air was cool and misty. After playing fetch until the dogs chests heaved and their panting resembled miniature steam trains, we walked across to the woods. We like this area. About an acre of land has been given over to nature, with a copse, and pond, currently teeming with tadpoles, and guaranteed interesting sniffing time (for the dogs that is). Children use this corner of the park as a shortcut to the local school so I took little notice of a child playing near the wildlife pond. She was crouched down at its edge, a stick in her hand, poking around in the shallows. So fully absorbed in her task she failed to notice us until the dogs launched themselves into the water for a paddle and drink. The child squealed sitting back onto her heels and her gaze fell directly upon me. Now it was my turn to be surprised. She had eyes as black as a raven’s wing, a sharpened chin and two delicately pointed ears knifing through tousled hair. I then noticed that her fingers, still wrapped tightly around the stick, were infeasibly long and bony. She leapt to her feet and fled into the cover of the trees with lightening speed. I waited but she didn’t return.
The skinny dogs were somewhat put out to be clipped onto their leads but I had to hurry home so that I could sketch her likeness as faithfully as my memory would allow. However, she has answered a question I have long been asking. Do all elves have long faces? The answer is clearly no, they do not.
Fact or fiction? You decide.