Keep my brothers in the dark, I do. It is my job. Yes it is. We brownies do not like the light. We fear the light. The light hurts us. It blinds us. It exposes us. Every night we come out. Every night we fix. We fix everything, we do. The gates above rejected us, yes, yes. They told us we were unfit. Unfit! The gates below did not want us. No! I remember! We were too nice, they said. We could not get along with the others, like soap and scum, oil and water. We are caught between!
Some of our cousins, they play tricks. They paid the gatekeeper to stay out. And they pay him still, pay him always, every 84 moons. Bah! The moon is too bright. We hate the moon. We like it inside, in the dark. Always in the dark.
I remember, I told my brothers, I said we should help. Help the stewards. Steward the stewards, that we do! We clean their houses, mend their toys, if only for a bit of morsel.
It is becoming hard. "Droko!" They came to me. "Droko, they humans, they tame fire now to keep the dark away!" So I learn to snuff out flame. I brave it, the light. Droko knows how. This works for many moons, many seasons.
"Droko! They keep flames in glass pots!" I try to break the pots, but they are too far. They put their light pots on the ceiling! Humans are tricky that way. I braved the day, I watched the stewards. Droko learn how to put out the lights. They call it a "witch" but it does not look like a witch to me. It is too small. It stays on the wall. I point it down, the lights go out. My brothers get to work.
They learn, too. Yes, much to learn. Wood toys? They are gone! Now it is all e-lek-tonics. Bah! Make light, their toys do. Make sound! We hate it. But we fix it! We do good! We cut wires, turn off the light toys. Then we fix.
It does not work for long. It was a moon ago. A human, he has toys with magic eyes. I keep watch in the dark, but the eyes, they watch me. In the horrible day, the human went to his toy. His magic eye, it saw me! It showed him on his light toy. I was there, in the dark, but in the light.
"Droko," I says. "This can not be! If the humans see us, they stop us. We know this. They always do. If my brothers do not work, the gates below will take us!" I said this, I did. Stop the human, I did. It was easy. I breaked his toys! I found him asleep. I stopped his air. Oh! I will be with my fallen brothers! But I did my job. Yes. I keep us in the dark. That I do.