The Skunk and the Raccoon
The skunk and the raccoon did not always look like they do now. They used to be very good friends. One day the skunk came to the raccoon’s house and suggested they go fishing, the raccoon agreed, so the two went to the shore of the lake, where they kindled a fire and began fishing. The raccoon was much more adept at fishing than the skunk, and soon began building up a pile of fish, while the skunk had barely caught any. The raccoon could see that the skunk was frustrated, and suggested they stop. But the skunk insisted they keep fishing, since he was determined to catch more fish. So they fished a while longer, with the raccoon continuing to be successful, and the skunk still barely catching anything. Eventually they did stop, with the skunk very angry at his lack of fish. The raccoon suggested the skunk clean the fish while the raccoon gather more firewood. The skunk, in his anger, began throwing the fish around violently in the raccoon’s absence. He continued mistreating the fish, even when the raccoon returned. The raccoon tried to calm the skunk down, but the skunk, in his anger, hit him in the face. In defense, the raccoon pushed the skunk away and he fell into the fire. This is why to this day, the skunk has a white burn mark on his back, and the raccoon has his black eyes.