Okay, okay, I swear that this time I'll make a post about something nicer. Here is a story that has a happy ending
or at least it's happy if you're not the random old guy who saw it all
. This is one of my favorite myths because the main character not only is a trickster, he actually gets away with it
without a scratch and gets his life made because of his trolling. If you've read tales with more traditional tricksters (Loki, Coyote, Anansi, etc.) you'll be aware that it's a rare occurrence. Even Bugs Bunny loses sometimes. This awesome dude only loses when he lets you win.
This is the only story where Hermes of the Greco-Roman pantheon gets the leading role. They probably were too scared to let him be main character again when he got older, so from now on he's only the best support character. But that's a topic for another day, how Hermes is such a strange trickster. For now, let's go on with the story.( Turnabout Cattle )