…Continued from “A Storybook Halloween“…
So as I was saying, Granny was just sitting in bed waiting for someone to come visit her, as sick people are prone to do…
but she most certainly wasn’t expecting a wolf.
“Oh dear me!” Granny cried.
and she sprang from her bed in terror.
For even those who are very old and very sick can become quite spry and hasty when there is a wolf at their heels.
But alas, she was no match for a fast and hungry wolf.
He caught her, and tied her up in the closet to save her for his dessert…
and Little Red Riding Hood would be his supper.
He put on a hat and shawl and crawled into bed, for he had a sneaky plan: to trick Red Riding Hood into thinking that he was her Granny, and not, in fact…
a mean. sly. horrid. cruel. dastardly WOLF.
Just as he curled up under Granny’s covers, Little Red Riding Hood arrived.
“Hello, dear Granny!” she sang with a smile…
and walking up to Granny’s bedside, she presented the basket of goodies that her Mother had sent.
But when she looked at Granny, she thought something seemed a little…strange.
“Granny…what big eyes you have today…” she said.
“Well, the better to see you with my beautiful dear!” replied Granny.
“And what big ears you have!” said Red Riding Hood.
“Oh, well, the better to hear you with, silly!” replied the wolf, growing more nervous – and hungrier – by the minute.
“And…what big teeth you have!” said Red Riding Hood, leaning in closer to figure out what in the world was wrong with her Granny.
The Wolf knew his time was up.
In his vicious wolf voice, he lunged forward and growled, “the better to EAT you with, my dear!”
I’m afraid it all would have been over for Little Red Riding Hood and her Granny if something quite extraordinary had not happened next.
A most handsome woodsman who was out hunting for his supper happened to walk by at that very moment and heard the Wolf’s growl and the little girl’s shriek.
He burst through the front door and presented something even sharper than the Wolf’s teeth…
a sturdy and trusty axe!
The Wolf tried to weasle his way out of the Woodsman’s grasp and ran as fast as his feet would fly…
but just as Granny was no match for the Wolf…
the Wolf was NO match for the handsome, manly, ruddy (and married) Woodsman.
With his own trickery, he was tied up and sat waiting for his deserved death…
while Little Red Riding Hood and the Woodsman laughed at his foiled plan.
And what happened to Little Red Riding Hood and the rest of the characters after this fateful day?
They lived happily ever after, just as they should have.
Except, of course, for the Wolf, who was made into a batch of hamburgers, providing a very fine supper for Little Red Riding Hood’s family right after this picture was taken.
Costume details and outtakes coming up tomorrow!
This telling of Little Red Riding Hood and all photos are property of Mrs. Gore’s Diary and Benjamin Grey Photography.