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    Default Story of the Thirster (a Trapper's story)

    If you are ever out in the wilderness and you stop to take a drink of water from a river, stream or lake and you hear something walk up behind you and it is breathing heavily and making animal-like noises don’t always assume that it is a animal. It could very well be the “Thirster”.

    Well a long time ago there was a Trapper who was out checking his trap-line, As he was walking he stopped along the way to drink water from a stream and while he was kneeling down sipping water he heard something walk up behind him very quickly. It was making animal-like noises but it wasn’t like any animal noises that he had ever heard before. He started to feel fearful but he remembered the advice that the Elders had given him as a boy, which was to always control his fear when out in the wilderness and to never do anything hasty when he felt threatened. So the Trapper just knelt on the ground and waited, as he was trying to control his fear and his urge to look up he remembered the old story that was told by the eldest Elder in the Qasgiq (men’s house) about the half man half animal like creature that the Elders only whispered about. The people of the village did not dare speak its’ name out loud in fear that it may hear them. If this was in fact one he had better be very careful not to look at it’s face or call it by it’s name or he would surely be killed or worse yet if he escaped death he would be so terrified by what he saw that he would become one himself, never again returning to his people. While the creature was behind him breathing it’s foul breath on his neck he remembered the Elder’s strict instructions on what to do when encountering a Thirster, he slowly sat down and carefully removed one of his skin boots trying not to be too hasty and ever so slowly reached out into the stream filling it with water, when it was full he stretched his arm out behind him. The skin boot was immediately grabbed from his hand and he could hear the water being drunk very ravenously and feel the droplets as they hit the back of his neck. He then heard the skin boot drop to the ground, time seemed to have stood still as he sat there on the ground waiting. Then without another sound the creature turned and ran off into the brush. He looked back but was too late, the creature was gone. He looked on the ground and could see a very light impression of a track, the smell lingered on even after it was gone.
    As the Trapper was returning back to his village he felt gratitude toward the Elder from whom he had heard the old story and for his wise instructions; When encountering a Thirster out in the wilderness always remember that it's thirst can only be quenched by another. End of story

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    Excellent story. Definatly gave me the creeps too.
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    I am sure that those old Yup'ik storytellers of long ago could have kept even writers like Wes Craven and Stephen King entertained. Wanna hear another "keep looking over your shoulder" story ?

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    Credit for this old story can be given to an Elder from Bethel who told it to me back in the early 90s. He is an excellent storyteller, very creative and skilled. I added a few more details to make it more interesting. Hope everyone enjoyed it too.

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