• MiSTed: The Tale of Fatty Raccoon, Chapter XX (1 / 1)

    From Joseph Nebus@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 18 19:55:07 2021
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    TOM: The departure of Xander Cage.


    CROW: o/` Go round and round, round and round ... o/`
    [ MIKE puts his hand on CROW's shoulder.]

    One fine winter's day Fatty Raccoon

    MIKE: Who *had permission* by the way. He wasn't just swiping days off of winter.

    came upon the queerest tracks
    in the snow.

    CROW: It's just the Gay and Non-Binary Rail Road. No big deal.

    They were huge---a great deal bigger, even, than

    TOM: Maybe they were Big Bear tracks? Did you think of that?

    which Fatty had sometimes seen, for once in a while,
    before the weather grew too cold,

    MIKE: After the weather grew that tall, though.

    and he fell into his winter's sleep,
    a bear would come down into the valley from his home on Blue Mountain.

    CROW: That is a lot of comma-splicing.
    MIKE: Everybody's got to have some writing quirk.

    But these were six times as big as bear tracks.

    TOM: Is that six times in diameter or in area?
    MIKE: Six times in duration.

    And Fatty felt
    a shiver of fear run up and down his back.

    CROW: I won't believe he's scared until his tail spirals like a barberpole, just like in the cartoons.
    TOM: Jimmy Rabbit?

    He followed the trail a little way. But he was very careful.
    He was always ready to scramble up a tree,

    CROW: Bringing his frying pan, some melted butter, a little shredded cheese, some onions and chopped peppers and he's set to scramble a tree for you.

    in case he should suddenly
    see the strange animal---or rather, in case the strange animal should
    see HIM.

    MIKE: The strange animal's the only creature in the forest who doesn't hate Fatty!

    The great tracks led straight toward Farmer Green's house.

    CROW: [ As Fatty ] Farmer Green has one of those walking houses?

    Fatty did not want to go there.

    TOM: Too many painful memories of saying something awkward.

    So he hurried home to ask his mother
    what he had found. Mrs. Raccoon listened to Fatty's story.

    MIKE: [ As Mom ] This is more of a scenario than a story, Fatty. Where's insight into how people act?

    "I think it must be the monster that almost caught me in the
    road last summer,"

    TOM: Ooooooh, yeah.
    CROW: Oh, this is it! This is where all the threads of Fatty's life come together!

    said Fatty, meaning the automobile that had given
    him a great fright.

    MIKE: It wasn't that *great* a fright. Just a pretty good fright.

    "Maybe he's come back again to catch Farmer Green
    and his family ... Do you suppose he's eaten them up?"

    MIKE: [ As Mom ] Oh no, child. When Farmer Green's eaten it'll be by finance capitalism pushing him into debt, the right to own his equipment or even his seeds, at the same time industrialism demands ecologically suicidal chemical spraying alongside
    climate change.

    Mrs. Raccoon was puzzled. And she was somewhat alarmed, too. She
    wanted to see those strange tracks herself.

    TOM: Mrs Raccoon doesn't get to do a lot of fun things for herself anymore.

    So she told her other
    children not to step a foot out of the house until she came back.

    ALL: [ As Fatty's siblings ] Yes, Mom ... *again*.
    MIKE: You figure Fatty ever has to stay home while Mom deals with Fluffy's issue?

    then she asked Fatty to run along and show her where he had come upon
    the monster's trail.

    CROW: [ As Fatty ] It'll be easy to find because I left it on the ground!

    Fatty Raccoon felt very important,

    MIKE: From his moustache on down.

    as he led the way across the
    swamp and into the woods. It was not often that he could show his
    mother anything.

    TOM: He's been showing her something every two chapters all book!

    And he was so proud that he almost forgot his fright.

    "I guess you're glad I have sharp eyes," he said, as they
    hurried along.

    MIKE: Fatty's got a smooth technique in fishing for compliments.

    "If the tracks are as big as you say they are, your eyes
    wouldn't have to be very sharp to see them," his mother told him.

    TOM: Ouch!
    CROW: Major smackdown from Mrs Raccoon.

    Mrs. Raccoon never liked to hear her children boast. She knew that boasting is
    one of the most unpleasant things anyone can do.

    CROW: Next to eating potato chips with your mouth open.

    "Well---maybe you don't think I saw the monster's tracks at
    all," said Fatty.

    TOM: [ As Fatty ] Maybe I don't even exist! Mom, you'd tell me if I didn't exist, right?

    "Maybe you don't think I heard him screech---"

    CROW: [ As Mom ] I think you think it's important whether you think I think you heard him screech.
    TOM: [ As Fatty ] Yeah! ... ... What?

    "When did you hear him screech?" Mrs. Raccoon asked. "This is the
    first you've said about SCREECHING. When was it?"

    MIKE: Was it in the screechery zone? We can get them ticketed if they were outside the screechery zone
    TOM: Fatty showed his Mom the monster last summer! Why doesn't she know about the screeching?

    "Last summer," Fatty answered.

    TOM: [ As Mom ] Last summer?! How long did you *take* to get home?

    Mrs. Raccoon didn't smile. Perhaps she was too worried for that.

    MIKE: She's trying to figure out. How does this involve the Tramp Raccoon, Jimmy Rabbit and his imaginary brother, Jasper Jay, Farmer Green's son, and a flivver?

    "It may not be the same monster," she said. "It may not be a
    monster at all."

    CROW: [ As Fatty ] Don't tell me it's our own ids being projected against us *again*!

    But by this time Fatty was sure he was right. He was sure he
    knew more than his mother.

    TOM: Ah, raccoons that age, think they have the whole world figured out.

    "Why can't we go right over to Farmer Green's and take some of
    his chickens?" he asked.

    MIKE: Why *mayn't* we go right over to Farmer Green's and take some of his chickens.

    "The monster has probably eaten him by this
    time, and all his family, too."

    TOM: Feels like Fatty is being an accelerationist with this monster issue.

    But Mrs. Raccoon would do no such thing.

    CROW: [ As Mom ] 'That's a Snuffy Smith thing to do, child. We stay classy.'

    "Show me the tracks," she said firmly.

    TOM: She wants to get some prints for Raccoon Scene Investigations.

    And so they went on
    into the woods.

    "There they are!" Fatty cried, a few minutes later.

    MIKE: Told you they were in the ground!

    Mother! They're even bigger than I said."

    CROW: Oh no, the monster's gaining weight!

    He heard a funny noise
    behind him, then. And when Fatty Raccoon looked around he saw that his
    mother was actually holding her sides, she was laughing so hard.

    TOM: Literally a funny noise.

    "Those are Farmer Green's tracks," she said,

    CROW: And over here is Farmer Green's beatboxing.

    as soon as she
    could stop laughing long enough to speak.

    MIKE: This seems funnier to Mrs Raccoon than to me.
    TOM: Thing is this dialogue is a complicated pun in Raccoon.

    "What---as big as that?" Fatty pointed at the huge prints in the

    CROW: [ As Mom ] Oh, you're right. Not as big as *that*. Say hi to the monster for me, bye!

    "Snowshoes!" Mrs. Raccoon said.

    TOM: Is she explaining or is she avoiding a cuss word?

    "He was wearing snowshoes---great frames made of thongs and sticks,

    CROW: [ Snorting ] Thongs?!

    to keep him from sinking into the

    CROW: Between the thongs and the tank-ini he's completely safe!

    So that was all there was to Fatty's monster.

    CROW: Thongs, a tank-ini and a great big set of novelty sunglasses.
    [ MIKE puts his hand on CROW's shoulder. ]

    Somehow, he was disappointed.

    TOM: Fatty was looking forward to being eaten by a monster.

    But he was very glad he had said nothing to Jasper Jay
    about his strange animal.

    MIKE: [ As Groucho ] Weeird animal.

    For if he had, he knew he would never have
    heard the last of it.

    CROW: Is it Jasper or is it Fatty who's holding on to the turkeys thing?
    TOM: Jasper Jay will be portrayed today by Ben Murphy.

    And Fatty was glad about another thing, too.

    MIKE: [ Holding his arms up for attention ] Oh, oh, here it is, guys. The thesis of the book! What we should know about life as a young raccoon in the wild!

    He felt very
    happy that his mother had not let him go after Farmer Green's

    MIKE: [ Clapping ] A message for all time!


    TOM: *That's* what we end on? That's *all*?
    CROW: There's also that cute ringed tail dangling from the end, that's something.

    End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of Sleepy-Time Tales:


    Tale of Fatty Raccoon, by Arthur Scott Bailey

    TOM: Imagine if after all this we learn his name's Scott Arthur Bailey, would that be wild or what?


    TOM: Let's blow this popsicle stand.
    CROW: Done.

    [ MIKE picks up TOM and ALL file out. ]

    [ And we're done! ]
    Joseph Nebus
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