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"The Letter": Morning arrives on the Farm, and Rose Red comes out of the barn after spending half the night helping Weyland repair the tractor, though Bo Peep's sheep has other ideas about what they were up to. Rose meets up with Stinky, the badger, on her way to the farmhouse to relieve Mustard


Quote1 I can see now why the real Riding Hood was so quick to fall deeply in love with you. She still talks about you from time to time -- and not just under questioning. Doesn't know you survived, of course. Quote2
Baba Yaga

Fables #24 is an issue of the series Fables (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 2004. It was published on April 14, 2004.

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Synopsis for "The Letter"

Morning arrives on the Farm, and Rose Red comes out of the barn after spending half the night helping Weyland repair the tractor, though Bo Peep's sheep has other ideas about what they were up to. Rose meets up with Stinky, the badger, on her way to the farmhouse to relieve Mustard Pot Pete for the day. Pete points out there were many complaints last night that he had to file. Most of them concern the old cottage previously owned by Baba Yaga, springing to life after hundreds of years and rampaging around the Farm on it's chicken legs. A posse of animals are still trying to rope it down.

Meanwhile, Snow White is starting to get concerned about Boy Blue. He hasn't been at work for five days, and no one else has seen him since he wandered off with Red Riding Hood.

Boy Blue is currently strapped to a chair, bruised and scarred from five days of torture. The faux Riding Hood admits she's impressed that Blue held out for so long. He successfully ruined her original plan, to stay among the Fabletown community for years, learning their secrets and reporting back the Adversary. Unfortunately for her, he and Bigby Wolf knew the original Red Riding Hood too well to be fooled by her act. So now, she os improvising. "Riding Hood" tells her wooden subordinates that she still has one further use for Boy Blue...

Snow White receives a late night phone call from Bigby. He is at the Canadian Gate to the Homelands, where the Fable guards are all dead. The gate has been opened from the other side. Worse, their are several tracks in the snow that suggest at least three large trucks that were loaded up with something had left from the gateway. Bigby fears it could mean an invasion is heading to Fabletown, and he tells Snow to lock everything down. He will get there as soon as he can, but first, he needs to destroy the gate. Until then, it is up to Snow to hold down the fort.

The Fables gathered together in the Business Office are in a state of panic. There hasn't been a Lock-Down drill in ages, and no one can remember what to do! Snow White speaks calmly to the group, reminding them there is still time to prepare before any battle starts. First they need to send a communication to the Farm, then she'll speak to the 13th Floor witches to discuss their part in the battle.

Her rallying speech is suddenly interrupted by a gunshot. The crowd follows her as Snow rushes to the front lobby to find out what has happened. Jack shouts that they came back, the thugs that beat him up. And when they round the corner, they see the three wooden soldiers, wearing their black suits, with a badly injured Boy Blue draped around ones shoulder. Trusty John has been shot and lies bleeding near the front door. The wooden men toss Boy Blue to Snow White's feet, as a sign of their peaceful intent. They then begin reading from a rolled up parchment, from the Adversary himself. The Emperor, as the Adversary is called by his loyal subjects, has declared that Fabletown be allowed to keep it's independence for now, though in a show of good faith, all magical artifacts taken from the Homelands must be returned. A large battalion will arrive in Fabletown tomorrow to retrieve the items, any resistance will be severely dealt with. The wooden men hand the letter to Snow White. They also add that as new information had just reached them, Pinocchio must also be handed over tomorrow. He is the first crafted, their eldest brother and they want him back in their family, despite his horrible curse of humanity. At last they depart, leaving Snow White and the others feeling a new sense of uneasiness. Snow tells Flycatcher and Pinocchio to take Boy Blue to the hospital, then to come back as quickly as they can. There is much to do.

Later that night, Flycatcher walks into Pinocchio's room to tell him that Dr. Swineheart called. Blue should make a full recovery. Pinocchio doesn't even flinch, as if he didn't hear him. Flycatcher notices him packing his suitcase. Pinocchio tells him he's leaving with the battalion tomorrow. He knows firsthand that wooden soldiers are very tough to beat, they never eat, they never tire, they feel no pain, to fight them off would be incredibly dangerous. And besides that, there is one other reason he has to go. Pinocchio becomes teary eyed as he tells Flycatcher that the wooden men's existence meant his father Geppetto had to have created them... that he was still alive and a slave to the Adversary...



Notes

  • The fake Red mentions that the "real" Red Riding Hood still talks about Boy Blue. This was either a lie to taunt him, or it was simply retconned by issue 41, as the real Red Riding Hood appears to have never even met Boy Blue.

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