The Story Begins

Thanks for joining me as we relive a golden era of storytelling from the early years of the Atomic Age.

I never was any good at this. — Ponyard Kipling

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Spring

A Red Fox Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

“This is not about you!” Red Fox terrorized the models. “It’s not even about me. It’s about the clothes, nothing but the clothes. You continue nattering about your makeup and I have you all wear masks.”

The mission comes first.

An Aye-Aye photo by Henry Miller on Unsplash

Aye-Aye sat down at the outdoor table of the café he reconnoitered earlier and signaled the waiter to come over. He carefully lay the violin case on the table with the fine arts magazine he had bought for cover and ordered café au lait with beignets, “and take your time. I am in no rush.”

What Does a Bear Do?

Brown Bear showed his and his wife’s tickets to the usher. “Are these near the aisle? I may have to get up on occasion to, you know, I don’t want to interrupt the poets too badly. Or should I wait for the finger snapping?”

Weather Prediction

An Ermine photo by Leo Tolstoy on Unsplash

“The rain has started, of course.” Ermine observed. He looked at the opposing line across the soft earth that was rapidly and seemingly eager to soak up the falling water and turn it into something else other than stable ground. “Merde.”

Concede

A Blue Whale Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

“Look, I’ll make you a deal.” Blue Whale said to the Fox working concessions. “If you stop asking me if that’s enough butter on my popcorn and just let the machine run out, I won’t have to keep telling you to add more.”

Model Behavior

A Golden Langur photo by Assam on Unsplash

Miller’s Grizzled Langur paused to speak with the photographer. “Now look, darling, I’m sure you’re absolutely super at what you do, but I assure you, listen to me now, I know exactly what needs to be done. So don’t speak. Don’t direct. And keep the camera focused right here. Do you understand? Of course you do. Thank you, darling.”

Semaphore are Us

A Boxer Photo by Matthew Pilachowski on Unsplash

“So that’s the way of it then?” Boxer read the deciphered message with savage dismay. To the signaler, “Send this back. Belay that crap, we’re for the high seas and will not return to port. With all sincerity, etcetera, etcetera.”