The world has become a safer place over the last couple of years.
Perhaps many people became tired of strife and combat and settled into do what people do best: make money, drink wine, and argue with each other.
Moreover, since 2010, I have heard of no sightings of Horse-Boy.
Children were fascinated. Adults quivered. The world's jockey clubs held emergency meetings. What or who could be behind this apparition? Was this a twisted centaur? Or was it sent from outer space?
After no more reports, the world calmed.
However, I fear I must disturb it one more time. For certain frightened Italians have alerted me to a new sighting.
This, in a part of Veneto called Lost and Found Sas, shows that Horse-Boy might have grown a little, but his sense of the dramatic has diminished none.
I am not currently at liberty to reveal how I obtained record of this sighting. I do know, however, that Horse-Boy didn't want to be spotted by the car and tried to escape, but only in the wrong direction.
I can also reveal that, to those who know of his existence but not his provenance, he is not called Horse-Boy, but Maurizio. The locals hope that this nicknamed personification will make him mingle more often.
Is this a ruse whose meaning we have yet to discover? Is there some deeper cause that Horse-Boy is trying to espouse? Animal cruelty, perhaps? Or the Mafia? Severed horse heads do, after all, have special significance in certain areas of culture.
I await more news from Italy and will update, should it be useful.
I wonder whether one of Venice's fine investigators -- Guido Brunetti, perhaps -- will be sent to solve this difficult mystery.
Clearly, this being is less mythical than the Loch Ness Monster and more underground than the finest pop-up restaurant.
What is he doing? What does he want? Does he refuse to eat burgers in case they contain horse meat?
To these and other questions, I hope we will soon have answers.