Friday, April 12, 2013

Beware the Wolves

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The previous story was about dogs, so it makes sense in a way that the next story, "Beware the Wolves," should be about the dog's wild cousins.

This story owes a not-inconsequential debt to Angela Carter's "In the Company of Wolves."  I chose to write this brief story as a folktale in its own right, in part because the timeless setting and simple, frank language helped to balance out some of its grisly unanswered questions.

This Red Riding Hood story is a coming of age tale.  It's also a story about family secrets.  And, of course, it's about wolves.


Excerpt:
The path is well-worn and not as dark as Red was expecting. There are no wolves.
The sun is nearly down when Red reaches Grandmother's house. The moon is visible in the darkening sky, a pale sphere that hugs close to the treeline.  No smoke rises from Grandmother's chimney, no candles flicker in her windows.
Red knocks at the door.
Come in,” Grandmother says in a rasp.
Red hesitates.  She doesn't remember Grandmother's voice being so deep and strange.  But Grandmother is ill, she reminds herself. And, after all, it has been a very long time.  She opens the door.
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