a short story
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The village alchemist was a little old man tottering about his snug, comfortable little house at the edge of the village. It was a mountain cabin, quite ordinary, except of course for the lush foliage growing just outside his front door, come rain or shine, snowy winter or burning summer, and except for the garden back behind his house with the trees that never dropped their leaves or lost their chittering squirrel residents to hibernation. Aside from these simple, reasonable differences accepted by the villagers as natural to his kind, there was rather nothing out of the ordinary to them about his cabin and his fireplace and his stacks of wood and his cheerful, wise, old face, remarkably free from wrinkles, and his white hair and his carved wooden cane and the general way he went about his business among the common folk.