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Underdogs

Geonn Cannon

Smashwords Edition

Supposed Crimes LLC

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Copyright 2012 Geonn Cannon

All Rights Reserved

ISBN: 978-1-938108-01-3

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This is an old story.

You've heard it countless times, starting in your childhood. Some of it changes, but the details remain the same. A young girl, innocent and brave. A sickly grandmother who lives in the woods. An encounter with a wolf. Everyone knows how it ends, the encounter in the grandmother's house and the heroic woodsman who comes to her eventual rescue. No one questions the obvious errors in this story. Why does the grandmother live alone in the dark and frightening woods? What sort of mother would allow a young girl to travel through these woods on her own with no protection other than a simple red shawl? Despite these obvious inaccuracies, the story remains largely unchanged through the centuries since it was first told. This is to be expected.

Lies rarely change.

The truth is far less sordid and lacks any sort of moral. There was a little girl who lived in a village near the woods. The name of her village does not matter, nor does the country where she resided. Unlike stories, names change constantly as battles are lost and wars are won. The woman in the woods is not her grandmother but a dear family friend. She is not ill with any disease even a modern doctor would recognize. The girl is given a basket of fresh bread and sent down a dark trail on her own. It's a trip she must take on her own, her mother says, though the girl is frightened.

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