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.
Surely you remember this mythical, but only too real, creature. In 2010,by standing in full view of its passing camera car in Aberdeen, Scotland.
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.