The Fox and the Bear (a fable for adults)

art, Fiction

What really happened on the day the tortoise beat the hare?


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The Fox and the Bear is live on Patreon!

https://patreon.com/benjamindavis


This project was actually 10 years in the making. I wrote it back in College and I had to read it as part of my final to a class of very serious writers. The reaction was a group full of stodgy poets snapping their fingers (because “we don’t clap here, we snap.”) And my professor saying something like “right,” or, “okay,” or both while I chuckled awkwardly at what I thought was a very funny story.


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Two years ago, I reworked this story into a flash fiction piece that became a part of the Flash-365 project and was published in the art collective, Hijacked Amygdala. When our project ended, Stephanie, who’d been a long-time reader of mine, showed me some of her amazing work and we decided to take on the project of turning The Fox and the Bear into a living breathing ‘Children’s Book.’


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The idea behind this story is that Fables don’t teach relevant lessons. In the world today, where the tortoise would be awarded a participation medal, and the Hare would be paying out 5 million-dollar settlements to quiet sexual abuse victims, and gaming any system is a publicly encouraged pastime, perhaps fables need to grow up a bit. (And having a laugh while they’re at it never hurt anyone.)


It is online at thetruthaboutthehare.com 

To access the story, sign up on Patreon.

*It is only 1$/m but I won’t stop you if you want to do more.


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This tale was brought to life by Stephanie Stickel, a German artist who does amazing children’s book illustrations.

You can find more of her work here:
http://www.stephanie-stickel.de/

 


I hope you all have as much fun reading the fox and the bear as we had in making it.


Acknowledgments:

Moreblueberries: My brother Elliot Davis helped me to format and place all of the text in this story. He did many things on his computer that I couldn’t even begin to lie about understanding and is responsible for weaving my words and Stephanie’s art into a cohesive whole.

KM: My friend Konstantin helped me to turn all of the images into something useable by doing things with computers and programs (that is as eloquent as I am able to put it)

Nikita Klimov: And of course, Nikita, who I’d be helpless with this kind of stuff without, took the story and created the webpage thetruthaboutthehare.com while I sat there and pestered him with “can we do this?” “what about putting that there?” “and how about adding this little thing” and “will they turn like this—yeah, cool.”

Thank you very much to my Patreon supporters for making this possible. If you would like to access this project, please visit: https://patreon.com/benjamindavis

wish you all the best,
Benjamin Davis