Now, the Gnomes fight back.
The Rise of the Gnomes Part Four: The Retaliation
The Prince had been captured. He’d been drawn to the expensive crystal vase in on the top shelf. Gryslette had warned him to stay away, but he couldn’t resist. Such a shiny, glittering object, perched so precariously, just waiting to be smashed. He’d scurried up the cupboard, reached for the vase…and fell into the bag Mother had rigged to snatch him as soon as he touched the vase. The bag cinched closed, dangling there, and the Prince’s red hat floated to the floor.
Gryslette tried to rescue him, but the bag was out of reach. It hung from the ceiling by its drawstrings while the Prince kicked and screamed inside.
Three others also fell for Mother’s traps, hidden around the house and baited with tempting knickknacks, but Gryslette didn’t mind them so much. Only the Prince mattered.
Mother’s laugh, when she discovered her traps worked, still rang in Gryslette’s ears, sending shivers down her spine. Mother locked the Prince and the other captives in a cage and put the cage on the top shelf of the pantry. She didn’t realize who she’d captured, but she was clearly pleased with her accomplishment.
Mother could not be allowed to think she’d won.
Gryslette gathered the other gnomes together. “We must rescue the Prince.” She sent three of them together to get the Prince from the cage.
They didn’t return.
When Gryslette looked in the pantry, there were three new prisoners in the cage.
She called the gnomes together again. “Destroy everything in the house! Dishes! Clothes! Furniture! Watch out for traps, but leave nothing untouched until Mother lets our Prince free!”