Little Red was going to her grandma’s house in her red cape that was supposed to protect her from the bad men the men that wanted to hurt her. Little Red had never seen a bad man in the forest and she thought it was sort of silly; she had seen plenty of men in the city they looked at her and she was told to be afraid but she was sort of curious. Here in the woods there was nothing just Little Red and her grandma and her grandma’s house with scones in it there were always scones in her grandma’s house and she didn’t know what to do about all the scones any more than she knew what to do with the men. Blueberries in some of them.
Grandma said “Take off your cape Red” when Little Red got to grandma’s house, and that made sense because now here in the house there was no danger she could take off the cape and be safe so she obeyed. Grandma was reading something Little Red couldn’t see the title of it but it looked serious.
“Eat a scone” said Grandma but Little Red ignored that as politely as she could because she didn’t feel like eating a scone. She had brought a basket with wine in it, sweet juice of fermented grapes and Grandma drank some now and it stained her mouth so that it looked like she’d sucked on a painting of a Red Delicious.
“Where did you get such big teeth” Little Red asked and Grandma smiled and said
“When I was your age I looked just like you”
Little Red didn’t know what to say but still she tried to look polite
“I looked just like you but I didn’t know the things you know and life was much easier then”
“How did your skin get so loose”
“There were rules and that made things simple, we followed the rules and they told us what to do”
“How did your face get so long”
“You took off your red cape Red”
“I don’t need it here Grandma”
“Your shoulders are bare, aren’t you ashamed”
“I thought it was safe here”
“I had shoulders just like yours and they’ll hurt you”
“My shoulders feel fine Grandma, the basket wasn’t that heavy”
“Come here I want to touch your face Red”
“I don’t think you should Grandma”
“Come here I want to feel your skin and those shoulders”
“How did your claws get so sharp you’re scaring me Grandma”
“I want you to always be good and never get hurt”
“No one will hurt me Grandma I wear my cape always”
“That’s good Red eat a scone you’re too thin”