When the old ghosts appeared at Moxie’s it was not just the regular patrons who were replaced, but various new suppliers also appeared. And not just any suppliers, but included were the local man from the infamous Bulgarian Soda Mafia. The result was that Laura was forced to stock strange mineral waters and sodas license produced in Uzbekistan and only that.
The fact that no one was interested in consuming these suspect beverages is hardly a surprise, who in Norway has heard of Sparkling White Rock, All Star Kola, Cherry Smash , Gund’s Peerless and Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, and licence produced in Uzbekistan at that. But at least the Soda Mafia provided two exceptionally eye-catching soda fountains for the Café bar’s counter. Unfortunately for the spirit Smoldo Bin Lampen, one of those soda fountains was exactly the one in which he had taken up residence after he had to admit that very few of his countrymen seemed to still be using oil lamps.
The transition from the strictly religious Muslim community he was accustomed to to Norway was more than a little hard to handle for Smoldo. Because of an unfortunate incident where a local nobility had been given the wrong limb size by Smoldo and ended up with 8-inch long legs, as Smoldo had misunderstood the nobility’s wish to have a pecker reaching down to his knees, Smoldo was thrown out of the Spirit Union. Without a union card he lost his ability to fulfil wishes of any kind. He could not even wish himself back to his beloved Uzbekistan.
Women’s right to dress as they please, move freely around and to comment on everything and nothing are among the things Smoldo find hardest to come to terms with in Norway, something Laura and Caroline take full advantage of. Disrespectful as they are, the usually call him “the angry little sod” to his face when they polish the soda fountain and he turns up.