“Little mouse, little mouse what has happened?”
The mouse poked his ears out from the hole he chewed through the alter and replied to the statue, “I have created a nest for myself from gold and silver flakes. It is time I feel comfortable.
I am just a mouse who asks no further questions regarding the mystery.”
The statue replied, “That gold and silver is not for you, little mouse. You must take them to that desperate artist so he may purchase brushes and paints.
But there is something far more pressing than this. There is a young woman in the village.
She is beautiful, little mouse, a natural beauty that attracts cardinals and yellow finches to sing her beauty in the morning and build nests near her home.
Her smiling eyes brings happiness to many young children, however little mouse, she is unhappy.
“A handsome suitor has asked that she attend an important social dance to celebrate a visiting Bishop.
She needs a new dress, little mouse, but she cannot afford anything but the clothes she wears to sell red roses in the market.
You must take two flakes of gold, travel to the village and give them to her tonight. You will find her by the fountain at the center of the village where she sells her roses.
“Please little mouse, you must hurry, the dance is in two days. If you leave now she will have the time to purchase and hem a new dress.”