It was St. Patrick's Night at Meilori's.
Hibbs, the cub with no clue, was hiding there from Ratatoskr, the Asgardian Squirrel.
As if hiding from that rascally rodent was possible.
Hibbs got smacked in the back of the head with a snowball so hard that for a moment he became TWO cubs!
Ratastoskr found that so funny he forgave the cub for trying to hide from him.
The squirrel scampered up beside the fuming Hibbs as the cub rubbed the back of his wet head.
"Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day, fur-face?"
Hibbs tried to think of a way to tweak the nose of this snowball ambusher and smiled, "Because real rocks are too heavy."
Ratatoskr pouted, "No fair! You're not supposed to know the answer."
Hibbs smiled wider. "I have one for you now. Knock. Knock."
The squirrel scowled, "Who's there?'
"Irish you a happy St. Patrick's Day,"
And so tickled was Hibbs at the look in Ratatoskr's eyes, he fell giggling on his back.
The squirrel popped to the table to his right and snapped back his own question.
"How did the Irish Jig get started?"
The Asgardian Squirrel had not noticed the small man in green with murderous eyes sitting at the table who rumbled,
"Faith now, but the answer is clear: too much to drink and too few restrooms.
And ye scrawny rodent, ye made me spill me drink. Now, I'll be spilling yer guts!"
Despite their long history of bickering, Hibbs thought of Ratatoskr as a friend so he waddled up to the table.
"You get my pal over my dead body!"
Hibbs realized he might have possibly phrased that a bit better as the leprechaun rose evilly to his feet.
"Sure now, but that can be arranged."
A shimmer of snowflakes and stardust slowly formed into the regal Turquoise Woman,
who held the First Hawk of Creation next to her icy heart.
Her voice was winter given life. "Do you know why I love to eat leprechaun?"
First Hawk, later to be called Little Brother by Hibbs, cawed, "Short ribs!"
And off ran the yelping leprechaun with First Hawk flying happily after him.
Ratatoskr turned to Hibbs. "What do you get when you cross a short-legged leprechaun with a hunting hawk?"
Hibbs shook his head mystified.
The squirrel laughed, "Not Fast Enough Food!"
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