EMPATH: THE LUCKIEST
"Reporter's Inside Stories: An Interview With Handy Smurf"
Story by Vic George
Based on the Smurf concept of characters by Peyo
Reporter: From what information I
managed to smurf from Hefty in his interview, he feels sort of
smurfed down because, at a time when many of us Smurfs lost
our own Papa and Mama Smurfs years ago, Empath's own Papa
Smurf had appointed Hefty as his assistant supervisor who
helped smurf all of us into one united functioning community,
despite some smurfonality conflicts he had. Nowadays, his
efforts are barely noticed because of Empath, who upon his
first visit to the Smurf Village smurfed up for Grouchy when
Hefty was bullying him around. Interestingly, Hefty also has a
discontent for Handy and his inventions, even though the both
of them are brothers born to a Papa Smurf who had both their
talents. Could it be that Handy smurfs Empath in a different
light than how Hefty smurfs him? Let's find out!
(Reporter finds Handy in his workshop, getting greasy fixing
up his smurfplane.)
Reporter: Handy, would you mind smurfing me to
interview you for my Inside Stories?
Handy: Smurf on a minute, Reporter...just need to smurf
this tightened up a bit.
(Reporter stands and watches as Handy grunts and groans
turning a monkey wrench, fastening a nut on the smurfplane's
engine, then exhales in relief.)
Handy: There, that should smurf it! I could smurf some
time for an interview, but I need to check on that engine to
make sure it's smurfing perfectly.
Reporter: This smurfplane invention of yours is
fascinating. I'm just wondering why you don't smurf it out as
often except for those rare occasions.
Handy: (wipes the grease off his hands and arms with a
towel) Well, part of the reason is that this machine does
smurf up a lot of hard work, and it also smurfs up a lot of
fuel, too. I'm glad Recycler helped me smurf up a way to turn
part of Farmer's compost pile of garbage into engine fuel for
the smurfplane, but I don't want to keep smurfing this thing
up there when we don't need to. That really smurfs me, because
I actually invented this thing in the hopes that I just want
to fly it anywhere at anytime, too.
Reporter: You seem to be smurfed with the ability to
build and fix things, even when you don't have a plan for it
smurfed up on a drawing board. What made you decide on
smurfing this as your lifelong ambition?
Handy: I didn't decide on anything, Reporter, I just
was born with the desire to smurf things with my hands. One of
my favorite things to smurf with when I was a baby Smurf was
my own Papa Smurf's tool chest and work bench. My own Mama
Smurf complained whenever she smurfed me there smurfing on
something, saying that a baby Smurf shouldn't be smurfing with
dangerous equipment smurfing around. My Papa Smurf, however,
always smurfed up for me, saying that I was his little man
Smurf, never letting anything smurf in my way of smurfing
something, and he always smurfs those manly grunts, too. Arrr
arrr arrr! (Smiles fondly at the memory.)
Reporter: Your Papa Smurf also admired Hefty's desire
for smurfing his body up, and Hefty claims that your Papa
Smurf admired him more than he did you, partly because he was
born first, even though you and him are twin brothers. How
does that make you feel?
Handy: Hefty and I are always at odds with each other.
He thinks that the best gift he smurfed from my Papa Smurf was
being strong, like that's the only thing that could make him a
Smurf in any Smurf's eyes. He could tell other Smurfs what to
do and get them to smurf it with no questions asked, but I was
the Smurf who could smurf them how to smurf it, and in some
cases how to smurf it better. Without me in the village,
Hefty's job as the assistant supervisor to Papa Smurf wouldn't
have smurfed along smoothly and everything would have smurfed
apart on him. So if he thinks he was loved more by my Papa
Smurf and by Empath's own Papa Smurf because of what he can
smurf, or by being the firstborn of any Smurf here, then that
is his ego smurfing!
Reporter: "Your Papa Smurf", "Empath's Papa
Smurf"...smurfs like nowadays, every Smurf has a hard time
referring to Papa Smurf as just Papa Smurf.
Handy: I know, Reporter. Years ago, I felt lost without
my own Papa Smurf to stand beside me and watch me grow up, and
then Empath's Papa Smurf came and smurfed us all as one big
family, as his own little Smurfs because he was the only adult
Smurf left. I felt so shameful because I had to let go of the
memory of my Papa and Mama Smurf, but now I realize if my
parents didn't help Empath's Papa Smurf become confident
enough to lead a village of young Smurfs by himsmurf, I
wouldn't have felt proud to call him Papa Smurf. Nowadays,
with Empath knowing the truth about his Papa Smurf, I can feel
secure in saying that I had two Papa Smurfs in my life that
truly cared for and about me.
Reporter: Hefty also believes that we don't really need
Empath smurfing in the village with his "third eye" abilities.
I wonder if you also smurf Empath the same way.
Handy: I admit that Empath does make me jealous. I
mean, what other Smurf can actually smurf all the things that
he can, such as smurfing into other people's minds, being able
to smurf a book without opening it up to smurf it, smurf up
things bigger than himsmurf with his own two smurfs, and even
fly without needing a stork? He isn't like Papa Smurf, being a
powerful sorcerer and all, but then again he doesn't even have
to be like Papa Smurf. In any case, I don't think Empath is
unnecessary at all, especially since he smurfed Hefty a lesson
for smurfing on our other brother Grouchy. Without his
presence, I wouldn't have even smurfed of the idea for
building something for flying.
Reporter: Or for smurfing up a mechanical Smurf like
Clockwork, I presume?
Handy: That, too. I mean, Empath only came home once
every ten years to smurf with us for one year, and then the
other nine years we had to smurf on without him. Eventually, I
figured why not try building a mechanical Smurf that can match
Empath's strength and speed, being able to smurf important
things that only Empath could smurf like clockwork, and so the
idea for smurfing Clockwork Smurf was born. The one thing I
never smurfed on was Clockwork being aware of himsmurf and
smurfing away from the village, only to help that teenage
human Prince Gerard smurf control of his kingdom away from his
nasty aunt Imperia. It surprised the smurf out of me, but I'm
proud in a Papa Smurf sort of way that Clockwork smurfed out
far better than I hoped for.
Reporter: I remember you were also heartbroken when
Clockwork was smurfed by a lightning bolt and was nearly
destroyed. But what made you decide to rebuild Clockwork into
his current form -- with the water-smurfing hat and all?
Handy: Basically realizing that my other creation,
Clockwork Smurfette, whom I smurfed as a companion for
Clockwork Smurf, would be lonely without him smurfing in her
life, even though she still smurfs with King Gerard.
Fortunately, some things of Clockwork like his mechanical
"brain" and his heart of gold weren't destroyed, so I smurfed
them from the ashes of the old Clockwork Smurf and smurfed
them into a new body smurfed with the latest enhancements like
full speech smurfability, telesmurfic vision, increased
hearing range like Tracker's, and many other things. But even
with these enhancements, he's still the same old Clockwork
Smurf on the inside. He even helped Empath and Polaris Psyche
smurf out those Chimpanzians who were smurfing us like we were
test subjects in Papa Smurf's laboratory.
Reporter: How do you feel knowing that this "new and
improved" Clockwork Smurf is now the proud parent of a Baby
Clockwork Smurf -- not to mention the leader of a village full
of Clockwork Smurfs?
Handy: I remember feeling stunned when Empath smurfed
me that news after he, Smurfette, Brainy, Polaris, and the
Smurflings attended the wedding of King Gerard. I truly didn't
expect mysmurf to be a "Grandpa Smurf" of sorts at my young
age! (Chuckles at that thought.) I have yet to smurf the
little mechanical miracle he and Clockwork Smurfette had
smurfed together, but I suspect as long as he was created out
of love, this Baby Clockwork would be just as wonderful to
smurf with as Baby Smurf is to every Smurf here.
Reporter: It's surprising that of the many inventions
you smurfed up with, Handy, that only a few of them ever
manage to survive. The weather-smurfing machine, the
smurfomatic smurfulator, the telesmurf, the window-vision, the
smurfmobile, the smurfominium you smurfed up with Architect,
the food harvester -- those inventions are already memories,
not to be smurfed again. But the instant photo-smurfer, the
smurfplane, the Imaginarium, the Clockwork Smurfs, and the
crystal disk smurfer are still around, and even Papa Smurf can
be found smurfing with other wizards on the "mirror-net".
What's with those inventions surviving?
Handy: I can't help trying to create something that
would benefit every Smurf, that would make life in the Smurf
Village less burdensome, even if there are Smurfs who'd rather
smurf things the old-fashioned way. It's just like what Orbit
smurfed, some things were just meant to be smurfed in this day
and age and some things just weren't. Even now, I can see how
some of my inventions like the weather-smurfing machine can
smurf havoc on the environment, or make Smurfs appreciate the
hard work of the village even less like the food harvester, or
simply are way ahead of their time like the smurfominium. The
smurfomatic smurfulator was simply a "dream machine",
something Tapper said I was meant to smurf for only one
purpose and only one occasion -- and I sure smurfed that out
when Gargamel smurfed those tall weed seeds all over the
village and the forest. But if I had to smurf my life over,
all of those inventions would still be smurfed up by me, even
if not a single Smurf would use them except for me.
Reporter: Let's move away from smurfing about
inventions and let's smurf about the one Smurf every male
Smurf thinks about -- Smurfette. One time you and Hefty were
competing against each other for the heart of Smurfette, and
now Smurfette is mostly smurfing around with Empath and
smurfing her own things like the Ray Of Sunshine album smurfed
with your crystal disk smurfer. Do you think Smurfette is
doing something unsmurfy with hersmurf by being around Empath
all the time or what?
Handy: You're asking if I'm jealous of Empath being
mostly on Smurfette's mind nowadays, I can smurf that I am.
But if you think I'm angry with Empath or Smurfette for that,
then nothing can be smurfer from the truth. Nothing can make
me smurfier than seeing Smurfette being happy with whoever she
smurfs her heart to, as long as it isn't with Papa Smurf. And
strangely, I don't see any Smurf who can make Smurfette feel
happy about being hersmurf other than Empath. Personally, I
can't help loving Smurfette, but I would never know what
Smurfette could smurf in me more than any other Smurf besides
Empath. As for her album, I actually enjoy listening to
Smurfette singing, though I wish she would smurf some show
tunes like the ones from that Webber Smurf musical Smurfita,
like "Don't Smurf For Me, True Believers!"
Reporter: You also had your smurfs on that mermaid
Marina who had smurfed up the River Smurf to find a cure for
her ailing father. Do you think you and Marina will ever smurf
together for all time or what?
Handy: I can only hope so. Back then, I didn't even
think I would smurf in love with a mermaid, and then I was
smurfing out my deep-sea smurfing gear with the smurferator by
the River Smurf, and there she was, smurfing her way
downstream unconscious. I couldn't help smurfing like I would
smurf anything in the world for her, and after we helped her
find the cure, I felt heartbroken because she had to leave. We
still smurf to each other from time to time, she lets me know
how things are in Atlantica and how much she still cares for
me, I smurf to her about what smurfs on here. It's a strange
relationship because I have to smurf on land and she has to
smurf in the sea, but in the end I think something will smurf
out between us.
(Handy is interrupted by the far-off sound of plates breaking
from another part of the village, followed by some loud
Handy: Ah, son of a smurf, Greedy's dishsmurfing
machine must be going smurfy on him again! And I thought I had
that darn thing smurfed up, too! (He grabs his toolbox and
starts heading out of his workshop.) Sorry, Reporter, I'm
going to have to end this interview right now and smurf Greedy
a hand with the dishsmurfer.
Reporter: (calling out after him) No problem, Handy.
I've smurfed all that I need for my Inside Story. Thanks,
NOTE: Handy is voiced in the cartoon
show by Michael Bell.