"“You know,” he said with unusual somberness, “I asked my father once why kenders were little, why we weren’t big like humans and elves. I really wanted to be big,” he said softly and for a moment he was quiet.
“What did your father say?” asked Fizban gently.
“He said kenders were small because we were meant to do small things. ‘If you look at all the big things in the world closely,’ he said, ‘you’ll see that they’re really made up of small things all joined together.’ That big dragon down there comes to nothing but tiny drops of blood, maybe. It’s the small things that make the difference.”
“Very wise, your father.”
“Yes.” Tas brushed his hand across his eyes. “I haven’t seen him in a long time.” The kender’s pointed chin jutted forward, his lips tightened. His father, if he had seen him, would not have known this small, resolute person for his son.
“We’ll leave the big things to others,” Tas announced finally. “They’ve got Tanis and Sturm and Goldmoon. They’ll manage. We’ll do the small thing, even if it doesn’t seem very important. We’re going to rescue Sestun.” ."