A Bath Perhaps?-An Ongoing Tale Chapter 23

Good morning.  Coffee is on and the fire burns hot. 

James returned from patrol and they saw nothing. They heard plenty, but I suspect it is the natural sound of the area. There is a peculiar howling sound that comes from the forest that really demoralizes the guards. We need to hunt whatever it is and see if they are tasty. Perhaps

It’s a Pequin. That is what the Heron call them.

I am sure Jeptha has seen one. He roams the woods nonstop. 

Storyteller: the Beast starts making his way to the Campfire from the woods. There is an unmistakable smell.

Hey there you nasty goat! Where have you been?

The Forest

You stink very badly! Have you thought about a bath?

The fish do not like when I bathe.

I like when you bathe, Jeptha. Look at you, you need to trim that beard or cut it off. It looks wretched, Jeptha.

I am BEAST!

Yes you are. Jeptha, what is that carrying on out there? Sounds terrifying like a scream. Is it a Pequin?

I eat the Predator. It is Red Meat. It is very flavored. They sit in trees and will jump on you. Their skin hurts when you touch them.

Were you over this way the other day, Jeptha?

WHY ALL THE QUESTIONS? I WANT TO SIT AND BE STILL. YES I WAS HERE. PEQUIN IS TASTY. I LOVE PREDATOR MEAT.

Jeptha, it is ok. When you are out hunting, will you bring a skin back so we can know what we have out there?

I do not want to SHARE! I found it! It is mine!

Are you out courting a Heron girl, Jeptha? 

WHAT IS COURTING?

Spending time, Jeptha. You be careful over there, Jeptha. If you go into her home, they may say you are married to her.

I CANNOT MARRY. I AM BEAST. SHE IS NICE TO BEAST. NOTHING MORE. ARRRRRGG

YOU ARE MAKING ME MAD!!!!!!!!!!

You are right Jeptha, you are friends. Be sure others are around when you talk to any women in the village over there. 

WHERE IS GRUMPET?

I bet Grumpet is around. She is probably hiding from you because you smell like death. TAKE A BATH!

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

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