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May 23, 2009
Two-legged Elephant and Giant Squid met at the bar to play chess. [They’d invited Turtle, but Turtle was late; Energetic Bird flitted around the rafters, oblivious.] “Oh go already,” urged Giant Squid—his strategy (circling Two-legged Elephant’s King on the periphery, striking Pawns and sacrificial Knights at will) relied on distracting Two-legged Elephant, drawing an error. But Two-legged Elephant remembered Giant Squid’s every move and how he himself averted attack; these memories rendered Two-legged Elephant virtually unbeatable. Giant Squid—sensing imminent defeat—departed the bar in favor of the ocean where, still, he was the biggest thing. [Oh so predictable.]