… and they both dived eagerly into the lake of warm custard – for that is what it was.
Surfacing some distance apart, the two hollered to each other their joy at their instantaneous feelings of vitality, health, and well-being, for they were truly invigorated – which feelings can arise after a swim, even in warm custard, but this was different.
Small cuts, bruises, scars, and their, recently, ever-present sunburn, all disappeared – gone, and gone for good. The healing powers of the warm custard were, to put it lamely, amazing!
Fully rejuvenated, and feeling twenty years younger, the pair travelled on upon their quest, telling the tale of the yellow lake and its properties.
Thus, people began journeying from near, and then far, to bear witness by personal immersion into the healing warmth of yellowness.
As more and ever more people used the warm custard to heal small wounds, injuries and more serious ailments – even, in one instance, to replace a missing limb – the warm custard began to cool, and a shade of green tinged the golden yellow surface. The, until recently, sick and wounded also commented upon the slight sourness that they tasted when they inadvertently swallowed some of the warm custard.
But, the people came in their droves.
Until, soon, all the healing powers of the Yellow Custard Lake were exhausted. The lake had cooled, turned a murky green all over, and bubbled strangely in places. It had become a swamp.
In olden times, this was how swamps were formed. And if you ever now see a lake of warm custard on your travels…
…jump on in…
… before it becomes a foetid swamp –
for nobody wants to immerse themselves in one of those, do they?