Julia’s 100 word challenge this week is to take a fairy story and re-write the ending. I’ve chosen a Japanese folk tale that I love,
The Crescent Moon Bear
‘But the wise woman told me to bring a hair from your throat,’ said Harumi, shaking with fear.
‘She always does,’ the Crescent Moon Bear roared, ‘now clear off.’
‘My husband will die, he’s been fighting wars for years and he’s . . .
‘Traumatised, yes, I’ve heard it a thousand times.’
‘So you’ll help, please? I’ve brought food.’
‘Look, plucking my hair hurts, I know you’ve been through hell to get here, it’s a test. Just be patient and loving. Eventually your husband will get better. GO!’ he shouted so loud that Harumi jumped, ‘leave my food behind, or I’ll eat you.’
In the original, the bear gives the woman a hair from the crescent moon on his throat. When she arrives back down the mountain the wise woman throws it away and tells her to be patient with her husband.