Or -- hmm -- maybe a little old man. (Gotta think about that one.)
Except that I was thinking maybe it had better be split up.
Except that (watch the author waffle!) it seems that the situation would split neatly in half. And in what sort of fairy tale does the hero meet up with two little old men in the woods?
Hmm. I think I will make them women, because they first meet up with the -- not heroine. But that doesn't change the appropriate number.