Mythical Monday: The Colorful Chameleon by Mae Clair

Hi, friends. You might recall a recent post I did in which I *ahem* whined about losing a Mythical Monday blog article on the chameleon. Such an amateur mistake which I thought I had wisely outgrown.

Guess what?

After shuffling through numerous folders on my computer, I realized I hadn’t lost it after all. Apparently, overcome by a moment of mad genius, I saved it with an unrecognizable name in the wrong sub-folder. *shakes head* I have no clue what I was thinking but am going to blame the lapse on Mr. Evening. For a muse, he’s been keeping strange hours of late.

The good news is I’m now able to share how the chameleon attained his color-shifting ability.

According to legend, Chameleon was once a beautiful golden-green in hue. I’m sure there were lots of compliments lobbed his way, maybe even a fan club of admirers, or an entourage that followed him about.  But Chameleon didn’t let the adulation go to his head. He was a decent sort which is why almost everyone looked up to him.

Notice I said “almost” because there are always a few resentful souls sulking about.

Golden-green was probably a trendy fashion statement at the time which is no doubt why Scorpion, Komodo Dragon, Spider, Snake, and Bat banded together to plot against poor Chameleon. They devised a scheme to rob him of his beautiful appearance by introducing colored dye into his system. (Can’t you just hear their nefarious laughter?). So under the pretext of friendship—and probably a lot of false fawning—the five invited him to a party where they spiked his drink.

A panther chameleon resting on a tree branch at night, displaying his colorsAs soon as Chameleon swallowed the foul concoction, his skin changed color, morphing from red to blue, and purple to green.

This is why Chameleon changes color so easily and why Scorpion, Komodo, Spider, Snake, and Bat are often painted as wicked creatures.Personally, I think the Fraudulent Five did Chameleon a favor. I love how the adaptable little creatures are able to change hue so quickly, and wouldn’t mind using the same trick with my wardrobe. Think of the money saved on clothing!

In closing, I had a nice virtual party planned with this post and a lovely tie-in to my new blog décor. But since the blog remodeling is now a thing of the past, I’ll just invite you to have some crab stuffed mushroom caps and a drink. I promise I didn’t spike the punch. Bwahahaha!

22 thoughts on “Mythical Monday: The Colorful Chameleon by Mae Clair

    • Sssh! Don’t tell anyone but I’ll just sneak in a little of the good stuff to amp up that punch. It is Monday, after all, LOL.

      And I agree with you, Flossie. In the long run I think it was Chameleon who outsmarted the others by becoming such a handsome lad with his array of colorful scales!

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  1. Thanks for an entertaining story! By the way, what happened to you with the file happens to me, too, from time to time. I have to check the billions of folders I keep to find something I’m sure I have somewhere.
    Hm! I told you to be aware of Mr Evening!
    The funny story of Mr Chameleon shows that, in the end, even the most honest and realistic people fall prey to flattery and hypocrite friends.
    I totally agree with your wish for something similar in renewing the color of our clothes. It would come in handy.

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    • I actually felt better when I realized I hadn’t lost the post, Carmen, but then I was like….”what the heck was I thinking?” Glad I’m not the only one who shuffles things around on the PC and then forgets where they are, LOL.

      I like your moral for the Chameleon story, too!

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  2. Love this story! Chameleons are so cool, but now I’m wondering how the cuttlefish and octopus got their camouflage abilities. Glad you found your file–I hate it when that happens. I lost a chapter in my novel once–don’t ask me how–but I’ve gotten kinda OCD about backups. I managed to find the missing prose in an older backup. Whew! Tell Mr. E to stop monkeying with your files 🙂

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    • I do think Mr. E and I will are gearing up for a long talk, LOL. And would you believe I back up to THREE different places? *sigh* It’s amazing what we have to do to ensure we don’t lose our collaborations with our muses.

      Losing a whole chapter sounds horrifying. It’s no wonder you’ve gotten OCD about backups!! 😀

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    • Isn’t the picture cool? I love it because it’s so colorful. Apparently, at night a Chameleon might show his colors more than he does during the day….or so I’ve learned. Glad you liked the story, too. It was worth sorting through folders to find!

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