Saturday, February 2, 2019
Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Yes, I realize I’m a little early. However, Atonement, TN’s porcine residents, Deme and Honeybell heard it is going to be the Year of the Pig. Those two glowing gals wouldn’t leave me alone until they got their own special post.
Straightlaced Saturday will return next week with another Victorian novel.
Actually, I had been trying to write a Valentines story… and getting nowhere. I gave up, but the glowing pigs started their grunt-snuffle-snort in my brain. I was just as stuck when I tried to give them a new story for Chinese New Year. I think my writer-brain accidentally got packed in one of my moving boxes…
Deme and Honeybell still wouldn’t leave me alone though. When I asked how they might celebrate it being the Year of the Pig, one of them said something about “fortune cookies” and the other said “character interview.”
Chinese New Year ― the Year of the Pig
Snuffle-grunt-grunt-snuffle. Snuffle-grunt-grunt-snuffle. Snuffle-grunt-grunt-snuffle.
What was I saying? It’s getting noisy in here. And what’s with all that strange light?
TRG: Oh, of course. Hi, Deme. Or is it Honeybell. I’m sorry that it’s hard for me to tell you apart. Where’s that giggle coming from? Under the table?
Deme pouncing out from under the table: No, that’s Honeybell. Really, you of all people should be able to tell us apart. I’m just a little bit taller than Honeybell.
TRG: So, ya’ll are pretty excited about Chinese New Year this time, huh? I love all of your prancing around. I wish I had as much energy as either of you.
Honeybell: I’ve been reading about the Chinese Zodiac. This isn’t just any year of the pig, it’s the Year of the Earth Pig.
TRG: Oh? It’s not an earth pig because pigs like mud?
Deme: That’s an insulting stereotype. (snorts)
Honeybell: Deme, you know you won the mud wrestling contest at the last four gatherings.
Deme: Grunt-snuffle-snort! Okay, I admit it. Mud is my guilty pleasure. But that has nothing to do with the Chinese Zodiac.
Honeybell: The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. But they also use a cycle of the elements, so there are five different zodiac year pigs ― wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. This year is earth.
TRG. I was born in a Year of the Pig.
Deme and Honeybell together: (Both squeal their enthusiasm) Snuffle-grunt-grunt-snuffle!
Honeybell: Do tell! No wonder you thought of us and brought us to Atonement, Tennessee.
Deme: This is so cool! Which Pig are you?
TRG: (Keyboard clicking. Google search window opens.)
Honeybell: (Looks over Teagan’s shoulder at computer.) Our search engine is called Gruntle.
TRG: You have your own search engine… wherever it is you go when you go home?
Deme: (Snorts) Duh. Of course. We even have Netstyes. Have you seen The Walking Bacon? That Daryl makes me sizzle!
Honeybell: (aghast) Deme!
Deme: So, what kind of Pig were you?
TRG: Wikipedia says I was… an Earth Pig.
Deme and Honeybell together: Grunt-snuffle-snort! Oooh!
Deme: Wow! There hasn’t been an Earth Pig in… well, in a long time. You must be ancient.
Honeybell: (Takes on wise manner and sage voice) Maybe that means you’ve finished a long cycle in life. Now you can start a better one.
TRG: I hope you’re right, Honeybell.
Deme: Oh, she is. When Honeybell goes full-on prophesy-pig like that, she’s never wrong.
Honeybell: Deme, you’re starting to glow. That means it’s getting dark out. We’d better go home.
Deme: Race ya! Last on there’s a rotten boar! Grunt-snuffle-snort!
Honeybell squeals, cloven hooves scrambling to catch up with Deme.
TRG: Happy Year of the Pig, you two!
You can find a brief collection of Deme and Honeybell’s adventures in The Glowing Pigs, Snort Stories of Atonement, Tennessee.
Happy Chinese New Year!
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