This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.
A wonderfully written animal fable. It very much reads like a Russian folks tale with a twist. We all know the stories of the clever fox and this story plays nicely off those stories. It has the linguistic repetitions that one expect of something with oral history. “A lesser creature might…” I really liked how the story played with my expectations. As many folks tales it is a gruesome story, though less graphic than most fairytale, but it is at the same time also a very sweet story about friendship, loyalty and thinking on your feet. Defiantly recommend.
Collection: Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2013 Edition: A Tor.Com Original
Published: June 4th 2013 by Tor.com
Read: January 22, 2014
Length: 5573 words, short story
Format: ebook, part of a collection
The author: Female, white, USA
The protagonist: Fox, ugly, clever, animal, straight
Setting: fairytale forest, second world fantasy