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In the eighth month on the twentyseventh day, during the eleventh year of the first century of the second millennium of the Oobla SenchterHakkt, the Specks of Rilonate woke up to find a strange being of gigantic size asleep in Screnchy Park. There was a pond by his head where hehad drooled while he slept. A crowd of Specks gathered around the titan as the morning hours went by. The larger the crowd grew, the morethe Specks talked among themselves. The hubbub finally became so loud that the giant awoke and sat up. The giant showed his great teeth andgrowled at them from deep within his huge body. The Specks fed him for fear of being eaten alive. The giant could easily have thrown three orfour of them into his mouth at once. He was very bizzare looking, even for a giant; he was like nothing they had ever seen before. His head hada ring of flesh on it that started almost at the very top then looped down and joined the head again at the jaw. Three Specks, one on top of theother, could have stood up inside the ring. He had huge lips with which he covered his enormous teeth, while the Specks had no lips at all. Abovethe lips, almost to the top of the face, were two ballshaped things that had one dot within each of them. The giant seemed to use them to observethings, since the dots moved and pointed at whoever was speaking to him. His torso was short for his size, while his legs were extremely long. Outof his chest stuck three spiked horns.
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For days upon end the Specks tried to speak to the giant to find out if he was friend or foe, to no avail. His form of speech sounded toolow-down, deep and loud; it reminded them too much of the rumbling growl that came from deep within his body. The Specks did not not like it andthey did not understand it. They could not even tell where one syllable ended and the next began; and comprehending sentences was totally impossible.To avoid hearing him speak, the Specks fed him constantly. The Specks of Rilonate did not keep a guard posted where the giant was staying; theycould never have overpowered him. In any case, the giant never treatened them. King Rilonate had in mind to win over the giant's confidence so thathe might be employed to stomp on the Specks of Rod. King Rilonate often went to Screnchy Park to speak to the giant. He wanted to impress the giant, so he had the best acrobats from the Rilonate Circus come visit him. The king commanded the unicyclist to do loop-the-loops inside the ring on the giant's head, while a high-diver did trick dives off his huge lips into a barrel of water at the giant's feet. During these demonstrations of thecircus performers' expertise, the giant did nothing but stand still and smile. Even while there were trapeze artists swinging from the three spikesthat stuck out from his chest, the giant stood like a stone sculpture with a silly grin on his face. King Rilonate redoubled his efforts to continueto try to communicate with the giant once he saw that the giant would not harm the circus performers as they climbed and swung upon his body.
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Day after day, the king came out to where the giant was to try again to communicate his desire for the giant to walk over and stomp on the Specks of Rod.The giant smiled a lot at the king; he nodded his head when the king nodded his head; he shook his head when the king shook his head. When King Rilonateslapped his own forehead, the giant slapped his own forehead. When the king mimed walking, and pointed in the direction of the Kingdom of Rod, the giantstood up and did a dance. King Rilonate was furious! While the giant was still dancing, the king ordered all the Specks of Rilonate to throw things at him.Since they were feeding the giant all the time, the only stuff they had at hand was food, so they threw that at him.
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The giant tried to eat as much of the food thrown at him as possible, but he could not keep up with the furious pace with which the Specks were throwingit at him. He turned and walked away from them and headed in the direction of the Kingdom of Rod. Since the Specks of Rilonate had thrown so much food at thegiant, no matter where he turned he stepped into it. With each step, more and more food gunked-up on the bottom of his feet. The Specks of Rilonate cheered andclapped and jumped up and down when the giant continued in the direction of Rod! The giant turned back to look at the Specks, so they stopped their cheeringand got ready to throw more food. But the giant did not come back; he continued on the way he was headed, toward the Kingdom of Rod.
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So the Specks of Rilonate had a great celebration! They hoped that as soon as the giant arrived in the Kingdom of Rod, he would smooshthe Specks of Rod who were such a bother to the Kingdom of Rilonate. King Rilonate gave a rousing speech:
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Well, that's that for the great giant! I suppose we owe a dept of thanks to the goofy colossus, for he will shortly be stepping onthe Specks of Rod and making so much mush of them! His immense foot will crush our ancient foe in an instant. Squashed beneath his mammothbulk, those unspeakable wretches will be reduced to the vile scum that they have always represented. We are now delivered forever from theirconstant whining, taunting and hectoring. That feeble minded titan is our national hero! A doltish whopper, he shall be the greatest of allfigures in the history of Rilonate. There is none equal to his blockheaded enormity on all of Ogdilla, but he did finally come through for us.A stupendously dump gargantua, it is well, nevertheless, that we are rid of him. And I suppose we ought to be thankful that the half-witted behemoth did not stomp on us too. I cannot think of any reason why he would come back here... can you?
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Meanwhile, the Specks of Rod heard the giant before they saw him. His every step made a hollow drum sound on the debris-covered surfaceof Ogdilla. They gathered into frightened groups, becoming more and more agitated as the booming steps grew ever louder. Finally they saw him!They saw his big ring-head, his big lips, and the spikes sticking out of his chest. But what most impressed them were his feet. Actually, whatmost impressed them was what they saw stuck to the bottom of his feet. All that food that he had stepped on looked disgusting, but the Specks of Roddid not know that it was food. The Specks stood in stunned silence. They knew that the giant had come from the direction of the Kingdom of Rilonate.Their imaginations took over from there.
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The Specks of Rod were convinced that the giant had stomped on the Specks of Rilonate and made mush of them. As the giant got closer andcloser, word went through the crowd that the giant had finished off the Specks of Rilonate and was now coming to their kingdom to stomp on them.Some of the Specks ran away screaming; but most stood still, knowing they could not out-run the fearsome giant's feet. Then one Speck of Rodstarted clapping. At first, the Specks next to him thought he was crazy, but then they started clapping too. Soon a small group was clapping.Then most of the crowd was clapping and cheering and jumping up and down as the giant approached. They had figured that if the giant thought theywere glad that the Specks of Rilonate had been stomped to pudding, then he might spare them and consent to be their hero.
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When the giant reached the front of the crowd they whooped and hollered for a few minutes more. Then the crowd parted and King Rod madehis way through to the front. There, before his people at the giant's feet, he made a speech: Oh, Great Giant! Thank you, Mighty Colossal AlliedThing, for stepping on the Specks of Rilonate and making so much mush of them! Your immense foot has crushed our ancient foe in an instant.Squashed beneath your mammoth bulk, these unspeakable hidiots (hideous idiots) have been reduced to the evil scum that they have always represented.We are now delivered forever from their constant whining, taunting and bantering. You, Magnificent Titan, are our national hero! Oh NecromaniacalWhopper, you shall be the greatest of all figures in the history of Rod. There is none equal to your fabulous enormity on all of Ogdilla. You,Tremendous Gargantua, shall be second only to myself, unless of course you would rather be number one. By the way, we thank you, Phenomenal Behemoth,so very much for not stomping on us too. I can only offer our humble Kingdom to you, Amazing Monstrosity, as compensation for the wonderful deedyou have accomplished today. It is not a kingdom worthy of your monumental grandiosity, of course; you won't like it much. You will probably notlike anything we offer you, since it is all tiny compared to your gigantean size. But of course, anything we have is yours, but I don't know whatyou would do with it. I say, do you understand me?
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The giant smiled at the Specks of Rod, who smiled back, until he spoke to them. To the Specks his voice sounded slow and deep and slurred.They looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. The Specks of Rod decided to go back to what they were each doing before the giant arrived.As they left they kept looking over their shoulders to make sure the giant was not lifting one of his big feet to stomp on them. He did not movefrom where he stood and maintained his smile until they were out of sight.
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