elves live in  the land      
     beyond the great  dam.       
   it was  built  in the late sixties.  
     the  elves came to us then.    
 they  were  very  manipulative,  and  we 
 came to trust them.           us 
 kids  would play down  at the water even 
 though we were not allowed.        
    sometimes  the  sluice  would close 
 entirely,  and  the  river at  the  dams 
 foot would dry  up,  revealing the rocky 
 water  garden  that  had   been   hidden 
 beneath,  and we would go there.     
       before  the  dam opened again, 
 there would be  a signal, but the  elves 
 would  make us not hear it, and suddenly 
 we  would find the water rising, already 
 at our knees.                
   by  then the  elves  would be gone.