42. The Rabbit and the Hyena

Hyena had chased Rabbit to his house. "I'm going to eat you, Rabbit!" she yelped.
"Rabbit's not here," came a voice from inside the burrow.
"If you're not Rabbit, who are you?" Hyena asked.
"I am He-Who-Vomits-the-Blood-of-His-Victims!" shouted the voice angrily. "And how dare you disturb my sleep like this! Who are you?"
Hyena replied cautiously, "I am Hyena."
"Ah, I am glad you have come, Hyena! You're just in time. I ate a whole family of Hyenas for breakfast, and now I'll have Hyena for lunch!"
Hyena turned tail and ran, while Rabbit sat safely in his burrow, laughing.
[an Ila story from Zambia]

Inspired by: "Hare Scares Hyena" in The Ila-Speaking Peoples Of Northern Rhodesia, Volume 2 by Edwin Smith and Andrew Murray Dale, 1920.
Notes: You can read the original story online. The original doesn't give any narrative context for the confrontation, so I had to imagine that myself. 

1 comment:

  1. Gullible Hyena has fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book where Rabbit pretends to be someone else to fool his foolish enemy!