The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the air is much warmer now. So... WHY does our village run the ice festival NOW instead of in the coldest part of winter where everything would've remained more solid? -- Anon Guest
"But this is the middle of winter," insisted the grownup. "It says so on the calendar."
"We're tobogganing down mud," insisted Galiena. "The crocuses are out. Birds are returning from the south. It's not winter."
The officious officer Thoralf Rutsk sneered down his nose at her. "You don't know anything from anything, little child. You're not even ten."
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