Once upon a time, there was lonely letter. It had started as a lonely sound.
But rather than stay as a lonely sound, it attached itself to another sound. Together they both weren’t so lonely anymore.
But now it was a lonely letter.
Lonely wasn’t perhaps the very best word for it, after all.
It was more shy than anything else. After being a lonely sound for so long, it was hard to summon the courage to be read regularly.
So off the page it stayed. Which was really terribly inconvenient for the other letters.
Therefore, they formed a plan. There was one letter who didn’t feel it got enough page time. Under-used, although it was tremendously common.
With the help of this letter, the lonely letter slowly crept onto the page. A noble deed, indeed.
Over the years, its confidence grew, till it wasn’t so shy and lonely anymore.
Now, no matter how much it would like to be rid of its rather showy pair, it’s trapped for life.
So if there is any lesson to learn from this story, it is to quickly quell your qualms, so you don’t become tied to a quarrelsome quack for a quincentenary.
Jena Ren, 2022.