General Fiction posted December 22, 2017


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a modern fable

A tale of good fortune.

by Paul Bownas

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Once upon a time there lived a tribe of natives in darkest Africa. They were the poorest tribe of all that area, and were shunned by the other tribes.
One day, an American oil company came to do test drills. They discovered a endless supply of oil! The chief of the tribe then consulted their witch doctor to find out how they could let all the other tribes know that they were now the richest tribe in Africa.
The witch doctor (who had been educated at Eton) said," Well, chief old chap, what I suggest is that you send off to the world's biggest jeweller and order a solid gold throne, so that everyone will know that you are the richest chief in all of Africa. Not only that, but it should be encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires so that there is no doubt that you are indeed the richest chief of all Africa!"
The chief agreed and sent off for the throne. It duly arrived and the chief found out that it was too big to fit through the door of his hut.
"What shall we do now?" he asked the witch doctor.
"Well chief, I think you should build a platform over your hut, and hoist the throne up there so that all the world can see you are the richest chief in all of Africa!"
So, the chief hired a mobile crane, and it duly hoisted the huge throne up onto the roof and lowered it onto the platform. The weight was too much for the platform, and the whole lot crashed to the ground. And the moral of this story is
"People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones!"

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Write a short fable-like story where the last sentence starts with: "And the moral of the story is". This can be on any subject, true or fictional, and can be in any voice, as long as the moral is stated in the last line. A new twist on an old fable is also allowed. Be creative and have fun! Maximum word count: 300

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