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Flabbaert

by Micha F. Lindemans

A red sprite that haunted the neighborhood of Kerselaere, Belgium. Once, two young men were returning home from the fair at Kerselaere when one of them, the brother of the local priest, began to curse and swear, particularly against Flabbaert. This went on for a while until Flabbaert grew tired of it. The sprite seized the youth by the crag and dipped him a few times in the water, and then dashed him on the shore so hard that every rib in the youth's body cracked.

The next morning the priest learned of his brother's mishap and although he did not pity him and said he was rightly served, he proceeded to banish Flabbaert for a hundred years to the shores of the Red Sea.


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