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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Udea

I approached the terrifying man-eater who crouched before the fire. “Peace be with you, grandfather,” I said, and then I asked him for a burning coal. I had to ask. I had no choice. My own fire had gone out.

“Do you want a big lump or a little lump?” he asked.

“Why, what difference would it make?”

“If you have a big lump you must give me a strip of your skin from your ear to your thumb, and if you have a little lump, you must give me a strip from your ear to your little finger.”

One sounded as bad as the other, so I said I would take the big lump. The man-eater cut a strip of skin off me, and I went home again.

Little did I know that he once he had a taste of my blood, he would follow me.

Then again, so did the good raven.

Udea in Udea and Her Seven Brothers, The Grey Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

Udea