I begged the man not to eat my little one. I promised to do him a good turn and so he threw my darling back into the sea.
I watched him from under the deep pool. He sat on the rock above me and became very quiet. The water became so still that I could hear what he was thinking. How was he to cross the sea?
Well, I knew how to help him do that. I stretched myself into a long bridge that went all the way across the water to the other shore. The young man walked along my back until he came to the foot of a great oak on the other side.
Pike Who Answers a Need in Koschei the Deathless, Russian Fairy Tales Collected by W.R.S. Ralston. Vintage Postcard by Nikolay Kochergin.