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Week 15 Microfiction: Cryptids

Bigfoot: For the past 400 years a 6 to 15 tall Sasquatch roamed the woods in the Pacific Northwest. Some say he is a remnant of Neanderthals other find him an anomaly. His quiet movements have kept him safe, but records have shown high pitched cries in the area. The Abominable Snowman and Yeti are kin to the American Bigfoot. He has been sighted but never caught. In Bluff Creek California a video was taken of a creature strolling through the forest. Why does Bigfoot wish to be hidden? Does he know something we don't? Probably. Chupacabra: The Chupacabra, chupar which means to suck and cabra which means goat, is a blood sucking reptilian creature that targets livestock. There are reports on farms in Puerto Rico of a vampiric creature targeting and draining blood from sheep and goats. People have described this cryptid to  have the lower body of a kangaroo and the upper body of a primate with crab claws. Every found DNA match and photograph of alleged Chupacabra have been coyote-l
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Week 13 Reading Notes A: King Arthur

Photo by  Omar Prestwich  on  Unsplash This story is part of the King Arthur unit . Story source: King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table by Andrew Lang and illustrated by H. J. Ford (1902). A long time ago there was no king in Britain. Every knight tried to get the crown for himself. Merlin the magician decided that on Christmas they should all meet. They saw a large stone in the courtyard that said whoever could pull the sword from the stone would be the king of England.  They decided on New Year's Day a tournament should be held to see who could remove the sword from this stone. Sir Ector brought Sir Kay and his foster brother Arthur for the tournament. Kay realized he did not have his sword and begged Arthur to grab it for him. When Arthur came back the sword was not Kay's, but the sword from the stone. Sir Ector told Arthur this made him the rightful king, since this sword was enchanted and none could draw it that was not born a king. They put the sword back in and tried a