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“Follow My Lead” in Old Legends and New Fables

Whenever something comes up about “you know you’re in a specific author’s story when,” I generally have two answers. One of them is “you know you’re in a Dawn Vogel story when there are things in the water that want you dead.”

“Follow My Lead” in Old Legends and New Fables is sort of one of those stories. It started with me looking for more things in the water that want you dead that I hadn’t already written about. In case you aren’t aware, there are a LOT of legendary things in the water that want you dead. (Also, real things. Also, the ocean in general is not friendly. Also, water is dangerous.)

In this instance, I found the stromkarl. And while perhaps the stromkarl in my story is a little more gentle than some iterations of his legends, there’s still some sinister stuff even in this story. It’s a bit of a Devil Went Down to Georgia vibe, only in this case, the devil will give you fiddle playing skill, as long as you’re willing to make the appropriate sacrifices. And if you’re not? Well, then the stromkarl might want you dead.

Despite the sinister background and the sinister theme, this story is actually pretty sweet, when it comes down to it. But it does have the lurking darkness of legend sneaking about in the background!

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