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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Canada (01/29/09)

TITLE: The Tale of Jean Dubroise
By Teresa Lee Rainey
02/04/09


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Come listen close Canadians.
Tall tales of evil wait.
For those who wander from their faith
Can claim the cruelest fate.

There was a man named Jean Dubroise.
He never worked a lick.
Yet lived a prosperous life, he did.
What was his wicked trick?

Jean had no friends or family.
No help to work his land.
What strange and secret sorcery
Would work at Jeanís command?

Strange sounds came round, sure every night,
From Jean Debroiseís estate.
His neighbors knew a Godly man
Should not still be awake.

Most neighbors would avoid Jeanís place
And shun him in the town
Yet on a dreadful, drunken night
Poor Alphonse wandered Ďround.

Poor Alphonse thought through Jeanís estate
Heíd dare through darkness creep,
And brave the blistering evil noise
While Godly men did sleep.

Soon overhead a noise was heard.
A huge canoe flew by
And landed by Jeanís lovely home
Where Alphonse hid to spy.

The Devil leapt from that canoe
While wielding one huge whip.
He snapped his whip and called his crew
Werewolves worked without lip.

Alphonse supposed those werewolves were
Men under magicís spell.
He also saw that Evil Jean
Had sold his soul to hell.

Now Alphonse prayed the Devilís crew
Not find his hiding place.
At last the workers flew away.
There was no time to waste.

Quickly he rushed to his town priest
And told of what heíd seen.
His priest devised a sacred plan
To cleanse that evil scene.

With Evil Jean in town that day
The priest sent several men
To sprinkle Jeanís entire estate
And rid the place of sin.

Those Godly men stood watch that night.
The Devil flew back Ďround,
But could not stand on sacred soil.
He leapt straight off the ground.

Sad, frightened werewolves tried to flee.
The Devilís mood was black.
Believing Jean had pulled this trick,
Caught him and wonít come back.

The townsmen caught the tortured wolves
And brought them to the priest.
A knife prick made those werewolves men
Who fell straight to their knees.

But what became of Jean Dubroise?
Still no one knows the toll.
Perhaps, with Jean, the Devil flew
Down through The Devilís Hole.


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Sara Harricharan 02/09/09
This is quite a story! You had some good suspense here. Thanks for sharing!
Mona Purvis02/09/09
Very entertaining. A great story and so much fun to read.
Mona
Jan Ackerson 02/10/09
Oh, excellent! I love this type of tale, and you did a wonderful job of putting it into verse form. Highly entertaining.
Sharon Kane02/12/09
Well what an unusual entry and what a great tale! Your retelling is very atmospheric, creepy even. Glad I know which side I'm on!
Teresa Lee Rainey02/12/09
This entry was very fun and last minute.

I must give credit to the author, S.E. Schlosser, at http://www.americanfolklore.net/ata.html
for the original re-telling of this Quebec, Canada spooky story.