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Tuesday, August 14, 2012



Fairytale Madness BlogFest!

(hosted by Cassie Mae, Mark, Leigh, & Morgan)

AUGUST 13th – 17th

Being part Lakota, I couldn't resist fracturing a myth of Coyote, the Trickster Hero. But Coyote, being Coyote, refused to be put into any catergory.

He insists he exists in a category all by himself. He wants no prizes, for he thinks he is the prize to the world:

One morning in a Time that could have been but wasn't yet might still be, Coyote paddled his canoe furiously down the River Lethe.

He glanced cautiously over his shoulder many times. At the shore a blonde ghoul, yes, children, ghoul, called out, "Oh, sir! We are being chased!"

Coyote snorted, "Me, too, ghoul. Every legend for himself I say."

The young gypsy beside the ghoul laughed, tossing a ball bearing up in the air. "I say that you would hate a hole in your canoe."

Coyote smiled wide with all his sharp teeth, "I like you."

Coyote looked at the ghoul skeptically. "Will you make a meal of me if I let you in?"

The gypsy laughed, "She already had her fill of finger sandwiches ... Trojan fingers."

Coyote winked at her. "I begin to like you, too, The Wentworth."

The ghoul gasped, "You know me?"

Coyote laughed as he pulled up to the shore, "I always know what I need to ... unless I don't."

A splash of water, a swirl of skirt, and a leap of legs later, and the gypsy and the ghoul sat behind Coyote.

"Oh, you are naked!" squealed the ghoul.

Coyote nodded happily, "Under my fur I surely am."

The gypsy grunted, "You've lost one of your tails, too."

The ghoul frowned, "What do you mean 'one,' Victor?"

The gypsy laughed, "Well, Alice, he is sitting on one tail but the bushy one seems to have slipped its moorings."

Coyote sighed, "Don't remind me."

The ghoul named Alice grew sad. "How did that happen?"

Coyote laughed bitterly. "There I was fighting a river monster when the most beautiful fox woman strolled on the shore with her canoe to stare at my wonderfulness."

The gypsy named Victor arched an eyebrow. "That's what you call it, huh?"

Alice slapped his arm and said, "Do go on, sir."

"Well," said Coyote, "the monster must have never seen a naked fox woman before and bellowed, 'Another one!'"

Coyote smiled at the memory. "I took the opportunity to drive my spear into his heart."

He shook his furry head. "I turned to the fox woman and said, 'Thank you for the distraction, Another One.'"

Coyote snorted, "She told me her name was not 'Another One' but Inari and took my lovely tail."

Coyote chuckled, "So I took her canoe and came away with wisdom as well."

"What wisdom, sir?" asked the ghoul named Alice.

Coyote turned and winked at her. "The problem for us two-leggeds is that too often we let monsters tell us who we are."


  1. I really enjoyed this story Roland!

  2. You've got the magical touch, Roland. Really enjoyed your story.

  3. Thanks, Siv:
    I believe most of the other blogfesters have passed this story by. Coyote is beginning to mutter. Never a good sign! :-)

    I've missed you here. My hours as a rare blood courier give me so little time to visit my friends. :-(

    Sometimes Coyote is otherwise ... which makes for even better stories! :-)

  4. Loved the repartee! Terrific tale (no pun intended,) and refreshing change from the old Grimm stories. Well done.

  5. A great retell. I l enjoyed the conversation and humour in their dialogue. :D oh and a great last sentence.

  6. Looooove the message, Roland... so fabulous. Thanks so much for participating! I thoroughly enjoyed this! <3

  7. Thanks, D.D.
    I have always been fascinated by the tales of Coyote, the Trickster. You might like Patricia Briggs RIVER MARKED which stars Coyote in a novel role.

    What faerie tale is complete without a wry moral? Thanks for liking my effort.

    I'm glad you enjoyed this. So is Coyote. Victor, the humble soul he is, knew you would! LOL.

  8. I love reading Coyote stories! He's always got the wittiest lines.

  9. At least Coyote can learn from his arrogance. Great to read something different in the fest!
    A2Z Mommy and What’s In Between

  10. Hey,

    Definitely different - and definitely Great :)

    LOVED this line: "A splash of water, a swirl of skirt, and a leap of legs later, and the gypsy and the ghoul sat behind Coyote."

    Thanks for sharing a little of your immense imagination with us, Roland :)

  11. Deniz:
    Coyote insisted on having the wittiest lines!

    Thank you for following me on Twitter. Coyote is that rare Trickster hero that actually can learn from mistakes. Thanks for appreciating my different mythic tale!

    You're very kind. After the gruelling kind of day that I had today, I certainly appreciate your nice words. Wish me luck, for I am still on call all night!!

  12. Such a spellbinding feel to this... I felt like I was sitting around a campfire listening to it. Very nice!

  13. Thank you, Nick:
    That was the feel I was going for. I wrote THE BEAR WITH 2 SHADOWS entirely as if it were being told by the campfire. It is a fun way to write. Your words made my afternoon!

  14. Cassie Mae:
    Coyote insists I had nothing to do with the awe. He literally is ... awesome! :-)