Anton

The written word at Sanity Creek would smart at the loss of Anton. As Stationer, Anton creates exquisite paper and cards. Collaborating with Van Owen, Anton makes announcements and invitations for many public holidays, and some of the less public ones as well. His work nook is the first stop when monkeys have something important to announce, such as new ribbons for sale, or the timing of this year’s radish harvest. And he designs greetings for personal occasions too, often using his own infallible calligraphy and discretion to draft tender notes among affectionate monkeys.

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Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 25

The Fancy World Collection
Number 10

Van Owen

As Sanity Creek Recorder, Van Owen has the responsibility of guarding legal documents (such as the recipes for ladencake and watercress fries) but most of his daily work is spent administering the holiday calendar. Sanity Creek has more holidays than you can fit in a year, so Van Owen is quite busy, arranging them. Botanical days are named for the plants that dot the landscape by the creek, Catalpa day being one of the more memorable because of Bruni’s gold leaves. And days are named for some of the more accomplished and celebrated monkeys, such as Stripey Joe and the Velvet Historian. As Recorder, Van Owen has pledged not to add holidays without consensus, but he can lobby for proposed celebrations. He was crucial, for instance, in getting an entire week dedicated to Princess Feist. And he legalized Natasha’s Eight Day party as a recurring event. Van Owen makes sure that each holiday falls on the same day each year, because as you know, holidays have a tendency to scatter and disappear if you don’t keep watching them. And for each official holiday, Van Owen orders the cake from Citron-Cecile’s patisserie.

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Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 24

The Fancy World Collection
Number 9

Steen

Steen had a great aunt (he could never remember if it was three or four greats) who lived in the metropolis before the Big Wars. This aunt would perambulate the byways, collecting bits of discarded machinery, usually gears and bearings, occasionally finding a piece of metal that defied explanation. Through an oddly shaped family tree, her collection of detritus was handed down to Steen. He polished the collection every week, and when he reached adulthood, he decided to weld it all together to make a bicycle. But an ordinary bicycle would not do. He added five extra pulleys, and invented a bicycle that simultaneously makes espresso while he pedals! His mission is to ensure that all monkeys survive the 3pm slump. His days go like this: 5:30am, arise, start singing, and pedal down to the creek to fill the water reservoir on his contraption. He has concocted a series of levers and gears that grind the coffee beans to the perfect powdery consistency for espresso, steam the water, and fill the demitasse while he’s pedaling. He delivers this brew at half hour intervals, having mapped out each stop for the most effective use of his pedaling, and based on monkey work and play schedules, so that everyone is happy.

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Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 23

The Fancy World Collection
Number 8

Tilly

Tilly hides in the rushes by Sanity Creek and watches. Like the fog, she expands and contracts as needed, and moves without sound around the low places, painting them with gauze. She has a bag that has real tricks in it. Her ears hear, her eyes see, and she can smell enlightenment and unrest from at least ten miles away. Her hands have twenty three hundred ways of holding things. She cleans countertops so she can store her words on them. She shortens things that need to be shortened. In the night, she sleeps, unless she just really doesn’t want to. Tilly has found pockets where there previously were none, in clothing, riverbanks, and in other odd places. Tilly is a poet.

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Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 22

The Fancy World Collection
Number 7

Zata

Zata is the spice queen of Sanity Creek. At her home and atelier, monkeys know they will find myriad spices and herbs, arranged in seductive bundles, aligned with the phases of the moon. New moon calls for judicious, consistent use of garlic shakes and orange oil, while the full moon requires capsicum in its hottest forms, and of course greens like nettleberries and sage. But Zata never dictates what the monkey should savor—she encourages each to season to their liking, and above all, to use creativity and verve while spicing. Her nimble taste buds help cultivate and categorize hundreds of flavor directionals. Food at Sanity Creek would be bland as porridge without her labor. And she is a friend of the Peaceniks, as there are fewer malcontents and increased euphoria when the monkeys use plenty of spices.

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Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 21

The Fancy World Collection
Number 6

Bruni

One day, after years trying to find a way to turn discarded cicada shells into an archaic form of metal jelly, alchemist Bruni, exhausted from 30 hours without sleep, dumped a pan of her concoction to water a houseplant (instead of her customary loganberry tea vitamin plant wash). Little leaf edges flickered, and then turned into white gold. Bruni made another batch so she could try it on a catalpa tree. She snuck out to the tree range along Sanity Creek. She buried the whole preparation at the foot of the largest stately catalpa. She waited. She watched. Eleven months later, in early morning, a white gold leaf fell on her nose. The molecular components of the catalpa had forever changed—and the gold leafed tree was named in Bruni’s honor. So now, each autumn, the monkeys wait for the leaves to fall, and then harvest the gold, which is used to decorate the halls of the Sanity Creek Arts Academy.

Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 20

The Fancy World Collection
Number 5

Song

One day, when Song was swimming in Sanity Creek, he bumped his head on the bottom. What he thought was a rock was actually a giant cluster of gnarled shells. He cracked one off and swam back to the surface. With an iron letter opener, he pried the shell open and discovered the most unusual iridescent green pearl, colorized by the shell’s location beneath a field of watercress. Now Song is renowned at Sanity Creek: monkey brides commission effervescent gowns, spangled with his watercress pearls. (Count carefully, and you will find at least 123 pearls on him!)

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Sanity Creek Sock Monkey
Number 19

The Fancy World
Number 4