Are you looking forward to Christmas?
I am. I love this time of the year - when we can slow down, relax, spend a lot of time with our loved ones and watch some fairy tales. I bet you are familiar with the story about the little girl dressed in a red outfit who went through the wood to visit her sick grandma. But have you ever thought how the story would be different if it was told by the wolf?
The Wolfs Tale
You all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, right? Well, I'm sure of one thing. You don't know what really
happened. No one does, except me. I know people don't believe in fairy tales these days, but the Riding Hood story happens to be true. I should know. You see, I'm the wolf. And the rest of them-the girl, the woodsman, all the other people-they got it wrong. All wrong. They think I killed and ate old Granny. I didn't. I wouldn't have harmed a hair of her head, but when I tried to tell them so, of course they couldn't understand me. So the woodsman cut me open. Oh, how that hurt. I can remember the pain; it was horrible. Even now I have
nightmares about it, and I shudder8 and cry out in my sleep, until I wake up screaming.
They didn't kill me, you see. They thought they did, but they didn't. I can't be killed that way. It has to be something else. A silver bullet, that's the only thing that will work. A silver bullet,
for a werewolf. Because that's what I really am. I was attacked by a werewolf one night, years ago. It bit me, and infected me with its curse. I'd give anything to be free. I'd rather die than live like this, changing every full moon into a monster that no one can control. I'd give anything to be what I used to be. A harmless human being. A little old lady, who was kind to everyone.
Red Riding Hood thought she knew all about her dear granny. But she didn't. No one does.
Only me . . . and, now, you.
© Louise Cooper
Reprinted with the kind permission of the author and Oxford University Press
First published in 'Short and Scary' by OUP
What if ... ?
If Aladin didn't have his magic lamp, he wouldn't experience such amazing things.
If the Seven Dwarfs buried Snow White, the prince wouldn't find her.
If nobody helped the Mole, he wouldn't have pants with big pockets.
If Stormtroopers knew how to aim, the rebels would lose the war.
If Tom wasn't so clumsy, he would catch Jerry easily.
If Rákosníček lived in Sahara, his pond would run dry.
If Frodo wasn't a half man but a mole, he would dig a tunnel to Mordor and destroy the ring of Sauron secret.
If Maxipes Fík did some sports, he wouldn't be so overweight.
If Karlík had diabetes, he couldn't go the chocolate factory.
If they locked their wardrobe, they wouldn't find Narnia.
If Nemo had a GPS locator, his father would find him faster.
If Bob and Bobek did not have a hat, they would be homeless.