EXCERPT FROM POSTED: STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE CONTACTING OF, AND NEGOTIATION WITH, GENIUS LOCI
Proposed NY-376, HPWL, A
Mediator: Frederick Gladstone
Compiler: Una Reed
An indirect approach was necessary. Several weeks of attempts were an absolute [redacted] waste of time because I was working under the [redacted] assumption that an offering (or 20) and a call would be enough. As they’ve always been. [redacted - see my letter to you on the 5th - U.].
It was only after exhausting the local residents’ patience, and offering every category of item I could imagine at every species of tree I could identify, that I noticed that the only thing taking interest in my activity was a small field mouse. It sampled the foods. It scurried off with the silver. [redacted - London, I’ll require some reimbursement - U.]
When it finally dawned on me I sat, put out some grain beneath a birch, and attempted to communicate when the little guy inevitably showed up.
[See Report NY-376, HPWL, B for details regarding the communications.]
The mouse lead me to the fox, the fox to the stag, and the stag to the [redacted] Genius Loci. And for the record, each entity demands the same respect you would give to the one above it.
Also for the record, should Mae or anyone else ever have to deal with a field mouse - they’re [difficult].