child in woods

Four-year-old Julie,  intent on filling her basket with flowers, wandered from camp, unaware that eyes were peering from the woods.  She walked deeper and deeper into the brush and trees.  Julie – as sweet and innocent as Little Red Riding Hood going to her grandmother’s house.

Fortunately Julie’s Grandmother was not sick in bed; she was in the camp.  Where’s Julie?  She sounded the alarm and campers began the search.  Aha!  It wasn’t long before Grandmother herself found Julie.  Neither was aware of the Wolf who slunk away without a sound except for the hungry growling of his stomach.


Challenge: write a 99 word story using the phrase “peering from the woods.”


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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17 Responses to WHO’S WATCHING JULIE?

  1. this I’m headed off to the wooded mountains for a few days with a hike involved—but I fear a bear rather than wolf 🙂

  2. calmkate says:

    lol a nice take on an ancient fable, glad Julie was safe 🙂

  3. Faye says:

    When the story began I’m afraid in today’s world I was thinking of the wolf not as a hungry animal but as a ‘wolf’ of a different kind. So glad for the positive outcome. Julie is a lovely name.

    • oneta hayes says:

      A two legged wolf would have been quite appropriate. I went this route because of drawing the Red Riding Hood analogy into the picture. The other would have been more scary actually. Too close to reality.

  4. athling2001 says:

    Great take on an old tale.

  5. Charli Mills says:

    A close call and I enjoyed how you mixed the fairy tale with the reality of the situation.

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