Five Sentence Story - The First BathThe hunter chose to make his last stand on a tree limb which sagged over a raging river. Amused by the man's desperation and eager for a meal after spending the last few hours at play, Wendigo dug his claws into the bark and joined him. The man waited until his attacker was within reach and then struck first, seizing Wendigo's wrists and flinging both of them over the side of their perch. Water surrounded Wendigo for the first time since the spirit had taken to possessing human hosts and he shrieked in pain, flailing with clumsy strokes for the riverbank. Dripping and miserable he sat on the rocks, hissed at the greater predator which had taken his prey, and swore to himself, Never again.
Coyote Monologue - Puma BoyHello good sir, could I interest you in donating to the noble cause of helping me support my poor disabled ward? Every coin in the coffer counts toward-Wendigo, no! Stop it! Drop it!Eewww. Now even a convenience store robber wouldn't want those. Go ahead, then. They're yours.See the cards life has dealt him? And me by proxy, for having the patience for him when no one else did. Oh please, can't you spare just a little something? Just enough to cover the costs from last minute's, uh, incident, perhaps? Just enough so as we don't have to go home in the negatives? You see there was this little boy with an ice cream cone, and his mother was very upset, and they wouldn't take an "I am sorry" in exchange for it, and that came out of my pocket! Oh what am I saying, it all comes out of my pocket.I asked the government for help once, you know. They rejected him like everyone else in this wicked world before I came along. Said they didn't count Puma Boys under minorities or disabiliti
Prosopagnosia"You have your mother's eyes.""Really?"
Second Change Spirit Ch. 6 - Third ImpressionSpider paused in packing supplies for the trip to stare at a tee-shirt Coyote had selected. It was lemon yellow with a pattern of white flowers and neon green leaves. A quick check revealed that the matching shorts were just as hideous, substituting the yellow background for robin's egg blue and the green for magenta. "Coyote," he called to his unseen companion, "what are these ugly things for?"Coyote emerged from the men's room and strutted into view with his new costume in place. It was a pity the restaurant was closed, he thought. The human staff and customers would have provided a more entertaining reaction. Gone were the days when it was considered normal to go about in deerskin shirts, breechcloths, and leggings. The elaborate beadwork provided an elegance that almost made it possible to overlook how the ill-fitting clothing hung off his scrawny frame. He pulled his belt up and grinned at the garments in Spider's hands. "Oh, I thought it was appropriate," he said. "He's a winter
Rabbit Learns About MortalityIn the Beginning Times, before the animal spirits went into hiding, Rabbit was the most selfish being that had ever lived. He did not see humans as children left behind by the Creative Spirit to be raised and taught to find their place in the world. He saw a source of entertainment and a means to get out of working for his living. There was nothing he liked better than showing up at a village to demand feasts and dances be held in his honor. As one of the First Ones, he believed it was the duty of mortals to serve him.Each passing generation of humans grew less tolerant of his antics. They saw how hard the other animal spirits worked, and decided to hold him to the same standards. First One or not, no one could expect everything to be handed to him without work. Even someone as irritating as Coyote had something to offer in the form of creative ideas for solving unusual problems. Rabbit was crafty, but he never gave so much as an idea in payment for what he demanded.One day Rabbit's
I rarely have a chance to photograph wildlife, so I practice with the skittish neighborhood cats. This one climbed into a thorny bush to hide from me. I will call it Z for the white shape on its leg.
Documentation of individuals thus far:
Sooner (intact male, pet) Fearful Longhair Tabby (?, ?) Black and White Cat # Who Knows What (?, ?)