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A FOX FAIRY TALE | THE WRITER FOX STORY

Updated on July 24, 2013
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A FOX FAIRY TALE

Read the fox fairy tale, an animal folk tale about the Writer Fox. Discover the secret of creative writing with the fox, learning how to write in modern times

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Once upon a time, learning to write was a magical process.

Some will call this story a fox fairy tale, because it is about the little golden fox who lives in the wadi by the little river. And some will say it is an animal folk tale, because it couldn't really be true.

But it is a true tale.

It is the Writer Fox™ bio.

The Writer Fox Wadi
The Writer Fox Wadi

The Writer Fox Fairy Tale

by Writer Fox™

It happened during the last human war, a great hunting season wherein the humans hunted their own kind instead of other animals. The pounding of weapon-fire was circling in the underground tunnels, which connect the dens of the desert fennec foxes.

As the hunting grew louder and, therefore, nearer, the pounding turned into rolls of thunder like the sound of falling mountains. It was then that the human – wrapped in garments from camel skins and bearing a heavy load as if he were a camel himself – slid into our fox hole, for he was being pursued for his treasures, and the greatest of these, it seemed to me, was his own life.

One final, deciding blast brought down an avalanche of desert sand and rocks, covering the entrance and, so the man must have thought, sealing his life forever within the earth. And it was then that he cried out in agony, a wailful cry from the depths of his being, over his presumed fate.

This triggered an alarm in our tunnel system and every fox woke from day-sleep and let out a high, shrill siren, rising and falling throughout the corridors until every male among us encircled the man.

For this had not happened before. No human had ever entered a fox den.

Writer Fox Watching
Writer Fox Watching

More Inquisitive Than Fearful

More inquisitive than fearful, I approached to view this creature, who was then writhing, rolling, twisting and flailing like a wounded rabbit. He began to throw fistfuls of sand over his head as if he were trying to bury himself.

I had never been this close to a human before. Giant animals they are, but without proper teeth or claws, and yet, when they move in a pack, they are the most deadly animals the Great Designer ever made. Humans are known predators, but this one didn't seem to be aggressive and, in his feeble state of mind at that moment, did not appear capable of being a threat to us.

As I moved closer to the human, it occurred to me that he could not see us, for we are nocturnal and humans are not. In a fox burrow there is no light. But I could see him clearly and I watched in the darkness amid the fox-shrieks and the yips and the barks as he suddenly went limp. Then he was very still like a captured mouse. The screams in the fox den echoed throughout our passageways and tortured my ears. The Great Designer gave my family the largest ears of all foxes. Our ears are so sensitive that we can hear a spider walk on sand.

I gave the signal for silence. The human did not move. He was still breathing but he was frozen from fright. Then, in a moment or two, the human moved again and rummaged through the load he was carrying until he brought forth a small white stick that smelled like wax from a bee hive. Then the stick produced a little fire.

Olive Wood Box
Olive Wood Box

Box Made of Olive Wood

The other foxes ran from the firelight and I alone remained with the man. We locked eyes, determining each other's intent. Then the human began to make sounds I could not understand.

I tilted my head and watched him carefully. He held the fire-stick in one hand and searched through his possessions with his other hand, until he pulled out a small box made of olive wood. He put this on the ground between us.

He slowly opened the little box. I sniffed at the contents. It was full of wooden sticks. He picked one up and offered it to me. I bit into the soft wood and I growled a little. The man cautiously took it back from my teeth and stuck it in the sand near my paw. Slowly, he inched it between my toes. And that is when it happened.

The Wooden Stick

The wooden stick in my paw threw sparks and crackled like winter lightning striking a tree. "What is this?" I thought.

And the little stick in my paw began to move and scratch the sand. When the stick stopped, this is what I saw:

The human pulled a white paper and another wooden stick from his satchel. He marked the paper with the stick and this is what I saw:

A magic pencil.

I understood this.

He marked the paper again, and this is what I saw:

The magic pencil writes your thoughts in the human language.

And it was so.

Then the man took his pencil and wrote this:

Writing is the treasure I am carrying. It will outlive me if I can move it to a place of safety.

The human wrote that he wanted to escape the war but that he had to leave the fox den. The magic pencil wrote:

I will help you.

The Wadi Between the Two Rivers
The Wadi Between the Two Rivers
The Acacia Tree Entrance
The Acacia Tree Entrance

A Place of Safekeeping

So I led him through our labyrinth in the underground, far away from the battle.

It was a slow journey.

And though the man was moving on all fours as if he were one of the little foxes, he clearly was not one of us. I had to dig out the way, making his crawling space wider as we went, and this threw out a storm of sand dust that made the human cough and sputter.

We finally emerged through a hole in a fallen Acacia tree, which is in the wadi near the little river. The man stood upright and then walked away.

I have not seen him since.

What remains behind is the box of magic pencils. I will be using them to write on the World Wide Web, my place of safekeeping, until the box of pencils is empty.

No animals were harmed in making this webpage.


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    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Fascinating and magically creative! ~Lurana

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I love my magic pencils.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      A mesmerizing tale of great depth and meaning. Sharing.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Me thinks Writer Fox, you possess more than magic pencils in your bag of tricks....perhaps talent, creativity, imagination and just darn good writing. What fun to read and done so well.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you so much, Phdast7 and Tillsontitan for reading and commenting on the Fox Fairy Tale. Welcome to my wadi!

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      shofarcall 3 years ago

      What an amazing tale. Can't help feeling there is a great and hidden truth in here somewhere. Shall go and chew the cud.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      The picture of the wadi and the caves above are

      קומראן

      (Qumran). What was hidden there for safekeeping? The Dead Sea Scrolls.

      Welcome to my wadi and my writing den.

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      shofarcall 3 years ago

      AHA! Thanks for the welcome to the wadi and the writing den.

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      LaurieNunley517 3 years ago from Deep South

      Ah. Lovely. I think there's something more that I'm missing! Dead Sea Scrolls, Magic Pencils...hmmm. Thanks so much for the story.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you for your comment, Laurie. I know this is titled a fairy tale, but it's a true story.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A FOX FAIRY TALE THE WRITER FOX STORY a unique idea for a hub and the photos are so lovely. Brilliant writing and focused piece of work.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, DDE. I know you love fairy tales!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a sweet tale! I enjoyed it, and it's very creative.

      The foxes are so adorable!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Foxes rock.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I really enjoyed reading this tale of mystery and magic. Will there be a sequel?

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Every day I live the sequel. I know it says this is an animal fairy tale, but it is a true story.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Intriguing, mysterious and enjoyable....Jaye

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Jaye. Glad you enjoyed my bio.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

      I love this magical tale Writer Fox. Voted-up, UABI, and shared.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I am a fox fairy tale.

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      May your pencil box never be empty. :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, but someday they will be gone.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      How awesome can you possibly be, Writer Fox? This is such a brilliant, well-told fairy tale. Those magic pencils can rescue us from the darkest of places. Write on, gifted one! Up and more, and sharing your wisdom.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      So very clever. Magic definitely flowed through it.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you Flourish and Anna. Welcome to my writer's den and may your box of pencils always be full.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Interesting, and Beautiful.

      All pencils are magical. Pens, typewriters, paint brushes, and computer systems are, too. when put into hands animated by the divine faculty of imaginative creativity.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hey B. Leekley, I totally agree. Awesome comment.

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      Martin VK 3 years ago from Copenhagen, Denmark

      Beautiful and creative Hub. It was interestingly surprising. Voted up!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thanks Martin. Now you know my secret.

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      What an adventure you took me on little fox ... wink

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      And the adventure continues, Ziyena . . .

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      What an original way to introduce the reader to your bio. Be it a fox fairy tale or an animal folk tale, it's a creative and foxy adventure into the world of Writer Fox.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Glenn! Now you know all my secrets.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Magically creative. You are quite a gifted writer and a talented illustrator. Nice to meet you here.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you PegCole, but this really is a true story and I really do have magic pencils.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I believe every word. I can't imagine why anyone thinks this Biography has been created from your vivid imagination.

      In fact, I remember you. I was there. Will vouch for you. We just need to speak privately for a moment.......Up+++pinned & tweeted

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Paula. I'm so glad you read my bio. So many humans just don't understand me. But, I'm beginning to understand them more and more. Thanks for vouching for me and I really appreciate your comment and your sharing. You're one of the good people!

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      rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay

      This is such an impressive piece of writing. You certainly are writing from a place of depth and inspiration. I love finding the creative jewels hidden in the pages of the HubPages creative writing community. You've told us a lot about yourself with this writing, well done.

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      rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and found it full of the creative elements that make someone want to read through to the end. I'm sure it reveals more than can be understood by a casual reader. Well done.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Rebekah. I think you are a kindred spirit. May you find your own magic pencils. Here is the secret formula: Sharpen. Apply to Paper. Write.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A great tale writer fox. I enjoyed every word. Oh and my dog wants to know where to get some of those magic pencils too.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thanks Jodah. Tell your dog there's a long waiting list.

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      Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 2 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

      What an adorable story! It's the foxy with moxie!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I like that, Jane. It rhymes!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love your Fox Fairy Tale. May the Fox never run out of magic pencils.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I think the moral is all animals need the magic pencils!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you for that blessing, Phyllis, and may your fingers be able to tap your keyboard and your eyes see the monitor until you are 120.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Stephen (Dressage Husband), I think so, too. Imagine what your horses would have to say!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Stephen (Dressage Husband), I think so, too. Imagine what your horses would have to say!

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      They are pretty vocal without them! We would just be in deeper trouble! It is amazing how well they can let you know what they want and they are very impatient. Glad to see you are back and kicking!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I know that's true, Stephen! I hope to read more articles about your horses when I have more time next week.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I would like a blessing, Writer Fox.

      Oh, and some of those magic pencils, if there are any left.

      Enjoyed!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hello Colorfulone:

      One thing about the magic pencils is that they work best for other content sites (not the ones where you can post only 100 words) and your personal websites than they do on HP. Blessings always follow the righteous.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      awesome story, so you are related to the fox?

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      Amelia Griggs 2 years ago

      Hi WriterFox,

      Have you heard the song "What Does the Fox Say"? If not, the video is a must for you to see, I did a hub on it, title is: The Fox (What Does The Fox Say) by Ylvis

      Enjoy!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Peachpurple and Amelia. I'm glad you found my personal bio here. It's the original 'What Does the Fox Say.' LOL

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Writer Fox - I loved this 19 months ago and I love it even more now. Just wonderful. Our culture has in many ways lost its way...we do not value myths, fairy tales, and parables as we ought too. Sharing. :)

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Theresa - Glad to hear from you again. Share this with any kids or grandkids in your life.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great idea. I have three grand-children (all under 10) and I should have thought of it myself! :) Blessings!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Cool! Let me know what they think about it. (Kids are the best critics!)

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      This was a really great read. I enjoyed your fairy tale.

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      Writer Fox 24 months ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Emese. I hope you find some kids to share this with.

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      Molly Layton 21 months ago from Alberta

      That is such an adorable tale! That is also an adorable tail. How do you get it to look so fluffy?

      Anyway, you wrote a great, funny fairy tale.

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      Writer Fox 21 months ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Molly. I'm glad you enjoyed this story.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wonderful, awesome, fascinating and whatever great words can describe it. It is too much to express in words.

      Thanks for this great wonderful story.

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      Writer Fox 21 months ago from the wadi near the little river

      Now you know all my secrets!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 20 months ago from Essex, UK

      'Writing is the treasure I am carrying. It will outlive me if I can move it to a place of safety' - A profound thought.

      That, and pics of fennec foxes - the cutest animals on Earth.

      Poetic and aesthetic reasons to read.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 12 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hey Fox! Hope all is well with you. I was admiring a picture of a Fennec Fox and remembered your Fox Story and Bio. So, I just had to come read it again. It is even more magical, charming and glorious the second time. I simply must get my own little Fennec Fox and a box of magic pencils.

      Again I say, may you never run out of magic pencils and may you always have a safe place for your writings. Blessings to you.

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