The Fourth Billy Goat Gruff Version 4 Texas Once upon a time, in the hill country of Texas, there lived a family of goats named Gruff. They loved climbing grassy hills to eat their fill of sweet grasses away from the mesquite trees. One hot sweaty summer day, the goats happened upon a small tributary of the Colorado River. It was filled with clear cool rushing water. It tasted so good after their long journey. On the other side of the stream was an old stone bridge which crossed a deep gully and led to a hill covered in tall green grass. They were ravenous after their long journey to find water to drink and sweet grass to eat. “Z-Z-Z-Z-Z...” they heard a sawing sound. Someone was snoring out here in the middle of nowhere? The oldest Billy Goat Gruff followed the sound to see if it came from friend or foe. He found a large grotesque troll sleeping and drooling on a rocky ledge beneath the arch of the bridge. You see, the Billy Goats Gruff had heard rumors about trolls living beneath bridges in these parts of Texas, but they didn’t believe in such things and they had never seen one. There were land trolls, and water trolls. Then there was an especially large evil troll who lived on land but had to be close to water. This was that type of troll....the especially large evil one. A sign near the bridge read: Do Not Tresspass. “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum...here lives the Terrible Taraglum. Ye who trespasses will be my meal.” The old Billy Goat Gruff noted that the troll was sleeping very heavily, like he had just eaten a large meal. His snoring was so loud, he figured that the 3 of them should be able to get across the bridge safely and get safely up the hill, if they were very quiet. ” one by one the three goats “Trip, trap, trip, trap cautiously crossed the bridge trying not to wake the troll. The last and smallest Billy Goat was in the middle of crossing the bridge when “BEEP- BEEP”, his cell phone alerted him to an incoming text message. The troll woke up, jumped to his crusty green feet, and sped off to capture his intruders, but he could not catch the Billy Goats Gruff. The Billy Goats Gruff sped up the hillside to safety. They stayed up there for a whole day eating and taking turns napping. Then they got thirsty. They looked around for another way down the hillside to get some water, but there wasn’t a way. The whole hill was surrounded in dense briar with thick thorny stems, all except for the path that led to the bridge. The oldest Billy Goat felt it was up to him to come up with a way to descend the hill safely since the two adolescent Billy Goats Gruff were preoccupied eating, napping, listening to a book on their ipod or playing games on their iphone. They were oblivious to the dangers and problems that faced them. The old Billy Goat went over to the younger goats and asked them for help. Would they use their iphone to hook up to the internet, check their location on maps and also check the news in the area? As the young Billy Goats Gruff were surfing the internet, they were getting distracted and bored. They couldn’t find anything that would help them get down that hill and safely past the troll. So, “just for kicks” they went to www.entertainmentworld.com There they saw that Warner Brothers Pictures was having a casting call in Llano, Texas for the part of the troll in their making of a movie called Spiderwick Chronicles. “Spiderwick Chronicles !”,both kids hollered. They had just finished listening to that book on their ipod. They started thinking about their dilemna, and how they knew a troll they’d like to get rid of. So, they sent a text message to the troll named Taraglum, telling him about this casting call and how he’d be perfect for the part. Well, Taraglum had been rather bored lately and in need of an adventure. So, he went to the audition and he got the part of Mulgarath. He got his script, rehearsed and did very well in the movie. But it came with a price. In the movie, Mulgarath, was a nice troll. Taraglum had to give up his evil slimmy ways and through the movie he transformed himself into someone quite pleasant. He actually liked having friends, cooperating with others and doing nice things for people. When the director called out “That’s a Wrap” and the movie went to the big screen, everyone fell in love with Mulgarath, the nice troll, who could transform himself into anything he wanted. He turned himself into the fourth Billy Goat Gruff and changed his name to Ruff! Everyone lived happily ever after drinking the cool water and eating the sweet green grass.
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