Three brave rats embark on a voyage across a vast lake that is rumored to be haunted by a monstrous cat.
Music: “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy
Video Description: “The Lake of the Nightmare Cat” Trailer. Duration, 51 seconds. “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. A cat seen from right side at an angle, sitting upon a rock in the midst of waters. The cat appears like a cougar, but with green thorny ridges along the back and tail. The tail is long, and loops of it emerge from and descend into the water. The cat’s glowing green eyes look forward. Clouds hang in the overcast sky above. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along the upper right forelimb. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythic Fable,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Three brave rats embark on a voyage across a vast lake that is rumored to be haunted by a monstrous cat.” Lines from the story appear in sequence at bottom, the last two lines appearing at center: “But at the very bottom of the lake, where even sunlight cannot pierce, the waters are blacker than my fur, and quieter than the falling of a feather to the ground. But these waters churn, my friends. They churn with the unquiet souls of all those poor beasts who drowned in the lake, and even some who died upon the shore or in the surrounding wood. They are trapped in eternal torment.” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now.”
Welcome to Year 10 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. For Year Ten, every month’s stories share a genre or theme, some anchor point that the reader can rely on. But within that, there are strange concoctions brewing. The genre’s merge, archetypes collide, mythologies mash…welcome to the Year of Fusion.
January Base Element:
🦀🐌 BEAST-UARY! 🐲🐙
Base element for January: Beasts! Beasts of myth, legend, nightmare, and dream.
Fusion Element: Geometry
The inspiration for this story is the digital drawing I did of the “Underwater Panther,” also known as Mishipeshu, among other names, a creature in the folklore of the indigenous people of the Great Lakes region. The creature is said to look like a cross between a cougar and a dragon, with a prehensile tail made of copper, a sharp sawtooth back, and horns or antlers. (For my story, I did away with the horns.) It’s also said the creature can cause storms, waves, and whirlpools.
(Source: Great Lakes Guide)
As for geometry, it’s what the intrepid heroes of the story use to map and follow a route across the lake to an island full of precious treasure. (Hmm, lot of bodies of water in this month’s stories.)
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