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By Mark Van Steenwyk, Joel Hedstrom
This inventive retelling of the legend of Saint Francis and the Wolf explores what it ability to be a peacemaker in the middle of violence and the way to revive a fit dating with production. Settle in and skim a story of teeth and sword, of beggars and lords, of outlaws and wild beasts. it's a tale of moment possibilities and the ability of love.
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Rabbits smelled of thistle and burdock and soil. Deer smelled of coneflower and rye. Humans had the strangest smell. They rubbed their hands in all manner of strange things. No two humans smelled the same, but they had smells in common: iron, wheat, fire, and, underneath it all, the sickly sweet tang of fear. This man smelled of wheat and fire, but there was no smell of iron or fear. In its place were the scents of the forest: willow and pine, raven and stone. The snarl fell from the red wolf’s mouth.
There were five outlaws. They sat around a campfire. One was fat, one was thin, one was bald, one had long blond hair, and one wore an oddly pointy hat. Sister Wolf waited in the shadows, listening. She had learned much of human speech from her time with the Beggar King. She was waiting for the best moment to attack. As she waited, she overheard their conversation. “I’m getting tired of cabbages,” said the bald outlaw. ” “Fair enough,” replied the bald one. The outlaw with the pointy hat took a bite out of a cabbage and said, “We can’t keep living this way.
The people of Stonebriar, especially the poor, loved visits from this holy man. The Beggar King was a friend to all creatures. Most animals of the forest feared humans, but when the Beggar King walked through the forest, birds would land on his shoulder and offer a joyful song. Rabbits and squirrels would run near his feet in hopes of getting a scrap of bread. 19 20 The Beggar King heard rumors about the Blood Wolf that threatened the peace of Stonebriar. He felt compassion for the people. Appearing before the council of village leaders, the Beggar King offered to help save Stonebriar from the savage jaws of the Blood Wolf.
A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk, Joel Hedstrom