Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson for January 10, 2016
Alice: Look! What's that? Mom: What? Mom: Oh, it's just a pile of snow. Alice: It's so big. Petey: They call it Old Mount Soot. It forms in the parking lot every year whether it snows or not. Alice: Mom, can I climb on in? Mom: No, it's dirty. Petey: Oh its ice, begrimed slopes dwell tiny, dirt trolls called the Sooti. They sneak down and carry off unwary bargain-hunting shoppers to their doom. Alice: Really? Petey: That's why you find abandoned shopping carts everywhere. Alice: Wow. Nature is so cool. Mom: Look! Here's a cart, and somebody's left all their cousins in it!