If that name gave you trouble pronouncing it when young then you are not alone. To date, I rather just call him/it Rump. This is a tale of a father who “carelessly” used to brag about her daughter and what she was capable of doing like removing bunnies from a hat, to making a frog sing angelically. Needless to digress allow me to relate this tale accordingly without any emphasis on gender but since the tale was told as the daughter being, well, a female, so let’s stick to this ideology even though the emphasis can relate to both male or female.
She had a father who couldn’t keep his mouth shut. A typical dreamer, a very optimistic one to add who viewed his daughter as the sun that warmed the deep waters, typical of any father’s pride of their children although this one really knew how to stretch the yard. His audience, however, had a different opinion. Either she could do a lot of nothing apart from looking pretty or she was one hell of a work bee but from the neighbors’ response (the audience) it was rather obvious she was no work bee.
The father religiously (I assume) stood on the corner of the hood and do his bragging ritual about her while nobody could give two cares in the world but on this very day a stranger listened and went to tell the king how there is this girl who could change straw to gold. That was the story of the day. I can only imagine what other stories he told about her but hey, it’s none of my business!!
This story reminded me of a friend of mine (let us call her Rachel) who typically could scan through your CV and pick a few things and if she found a job opening related to what you do, she could quickly make your CV her own and recite it till she owned it like a borrowed sweater.
After the king summoned for her, she went to the king’s palace where she was given a room filled with straw. The king ordered her to change the straws to gold or else face excecution. The king could not afford to look bad.
On this very day, she recited the “wrong” CV for a job that required some management skills which came with an average package if she could bring in the numbers. After doing a wonderful presentation she got hired and it was time to measure words for deeds. I knew she knew nothing in those lines but I just had to grab the best seat in the house and watch how this would spin out just for fun.
Month one was heading to a close where a dwarf in the office spotted her agony, promising her to change straws to gold if only he (imp or dwarf) had something in exchange which for sure she had something. Clients started streaming her direction as the dwarf disappeared behind scenes, doing what he does best. Numbers looked really good and so did her paycheck. She had hit her quarterly target by month two all thanks to
Clients started streaming her direction as the dwarf disappeared behind scenes, doing what he does best. Numbers looked really good and so did her paycheck. She had hit her quarterly target by month two all thanks to dwarfy.
She has given up all hope until an imp-like creature appears in the room and spins the straw into gold for her in return for her necklace (since he only comes to people seeking a deal/trade). When the king takes the girl, on the next morning, to a larger room filled with straw to repeat the feat, the imp spins in return for the girl’s ring. On the third day, when the girl has been taken to an even larger room with straw and told by the king that he will marry her if she can fill this room with gold or kill her if she cannot, the girl has nothing left with which to pay the strange creature. He extracts from her a promise that her firstborn child will be given to him, and spins the room full of gold a final time.
Source from Rumpelstiltskin story
Time flies, Rachel is confirmed to join the firm and its heading to the end of one year where the employee of the year award goes to yours truly, Rachel, of which she takes it with so much joy and pride, of course giving that one minute vote of thanks of all her hard work and determination. The dwarf listens but he doesn’t care cause he already struck a deal.
Due to her impressive record, she is promoted to management, no longer doing the donkey work but hovering around the office floor drinking tea and looking at reports, demanding meetings and going for “training”.
Afterward, she moves to a new apartment, gets a bigger car and now seats with the elite, even forgetting the deal she made with her dwarf that if she got her promotion, she could move him to become her very own Personal Assistant (PA). A very sweet spot to move strings with nobody ever pointing a finger at you.
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As the story goes, she did not deliver and as “sneaky” as Rump thought he was he decided to give Rachel a test, failure to which he could expose all there is to her. After thinking and thinking over and over again what to do, she decided to almost give up until she discovered that she is way up there to be threatened by a worm and that is how the little man lost his job, career and almost his life.
Robert now scouts around doing odd jobs. Cleaning leftovers, dusting old machines, at times when very lucky gets to clean the boss office where he now works for another small sized company. He lives to tell his peers how he helped Rachel but no one believes cause clearly, she is way above her cloud that even the mention of her name can land you in trouble.
Such is life!!