The Water Nixie is a short, strange, and dangerous tale about beauty accessories of death. If you don’t believe me, just keep reading.
Once upon a time there were two children, a boy and a girl, playing by a well. Seriously, don’t kids know not to play by wells from all these stories? Needless to say, they both fell in. A water nixie lived in the well. She decided that since the children fell in her well, they should work for her.
She made the girl spin dirty, tangled flax and fetch water with a bucket that had a hold in it. She made the boy cut down a tree with a blunt axe. She gave them nothing to eat but dumplings as hard as rocks.
The children became impatient and determined to get away. One Sunday, the nixie was at church(I find this hard to believe) and the children ran away. When church was over the nixie was upset to see that the children had run away. The nixie decided to run after them with her long strides. The children could see that the nixie was after them so they decided to fight back.
The little girl threw down a brush behind her which formed an immense hill of bristles. There were thousands and thousands of spikes that the nixie had the scramble over. She finally did get over, and the little boy threw down a comb. The comb made a great ridge with a thousand times a thousand teeth. The nixie managed to keep herself steady on them and crossover.
These were not all the personal beauty products the children had in their possession; they were not lost, yet. The little girl threw down a looking-glass which formed a hill of mirrors. It was so slippery that the nixie could not climb it. She thought she would go home and grab her axe to chop through the hill. This gave the children enough time to escape. The nixie finally realized that she was not going to get the children, so she went back home.
Who plays by a well? Seriously? Who does that? I remember being very young, and hearing a story of a little girl who had fallen down a well. It was quite the ordeal. It took a lot of people, a lot of hours, to get this little girl out. I remember, that they had to drill a hole down beside the well shaft in order to free her, as she was stuck inside the well shaft. I think she lived and was happy, but I don’t really know. I don’t know why anyone would think it would be a good idea to play by a well or sit by a well. It’s a deep hole in the ground filled with water. What scenario, involving you falling into it, is going to end up good? No, scenario, that’s what.
A nixie is a water spirit that can shape-shift and will often take the form of a human. I just thought you should know. You might also see this same entity referred to as a “neck, nix, nixe, or nyx.” Some people also say that it is a mermaid of sorts. If you see the creature simply listed as a “nix” then the creature is probably male. If you see the other forms, “nixie or nixe,” it’s probably female.
Why is a water spirit going to church? What kind of church was this? I would assume that any creature like this would be pagan, if it possessed any religion at all. Was it going to pagan church or was it Catholic? If the nixie was Catholic, what tenant of that religion said it would be ok for her to keep two children captive and make them do all her dirty work? I don’t think any part of Catholicism condones that behavior, but I could be wrong.
Killer beauty supplies=awesome.
At any rate, this nixie is a hypocrite. She goes to church, but thinks it is ok to keep children captive. I know some of a lot of religions, but I do not know every in-and-out of all these religions. I do know, that most religions, do not teach, in their dogma, that it is ok to keep anybody captive. I really don’t care what religion you practice, or claim to practice, none of them are too keen about imprisoning people just because you can. This nixie was probably going to church being taught that it was not ok to subdue people against their will, and then she goes home and subdues people against their will. That’s the definition of a hypocrite. She was probably getting ready to take a casserole to Sister Jones and everything.
Hypocrites do not win. You will get paid back by God, Karma, or whatever force you believe in. You cannot continue your hypocrisy without seeing some negative effects. It might take some time to catch up with you, but it’s going to happen.
I like the idea that these beauty supplies become dangerous implements. Think about it. Sometimes we say that beauty is pain, right? We do say that. If beauty can be pain, can the implements used to get that beauty also be pain? Of course they can, anyone who has ever burned themselves with a curling iron knows that. These beauty implements cause this nixie a lot of pain and a lot of hassle.
When we think of these entities like fairies, nixies, mermaids, dryads, maenads, and so forth, we think of beauty. We think these female looking creatures are the most beautiful creatures alive. There is something about the idea of the female form not being entirely human that really turns society on. I don’t know how else to word that. If these creatures possess this beauty, are they not also subject to the pain beauty can cause? Because there is no such thing as a psychology class for mythical creatures, I can’t really give you a straight answer on that question. I do think that since we press human characteristics on these creatures, we’re probably also pressing human faults on these creatures. That means they get the whole gamut of humanity’s darker side from greed to anorexia. I do think this nixie probably had a few run-ins with a comb, a brush, and a looking-glass herself, long before any children ever came into the picture.
I’m not so sure about this nixie, but I do like the idea of combs and brushes being deadly. Don’t forget, Snow White also had herself a run-in with a deadly comb.