So you want to know about the elves? Yes, they were real. What are they teaching in school these days? They were as real as the grass under your feet and the yellow daisies in the field.

I knew elves — was closer to them than most were. I was a young lad, newly drafted into the army. I was ready to fight the Darklings, but couldn’t handle a sword. My balance is worse than a donkey on a log and my hands shake under pressure. But I was good at…