June 12, 2000
For many long years
he had laboured, long in thought
and in action. Each figure was meticulously chiseled, each word
meticulously pronounced until both sounded nearest to perfection.
In secret he had worked, hoping to finish this Great Work in peace.
they were to be, undaunted by fire, friend, or foe, unyielding to the
and strong even in defeat. For this aim he had worked. But
even as he lay down his tools and thought to himself, “These are good,”
a great sound came from the deeps of the cave in which he and his
“AULE!” the voice thundered.
The Smith fell silent.