The Rat and the DollSome time ago there lived a Rat of fine whiskers and a finer tail who stumbled across a small porcelain Doll in a farmer's rubbish heap. Entranced by the Doll's beauty, he carried her home with him and, to the amusement of his fellow rats, instated her as his wife. Finding that she was of little assistance in his daily rambles for food, the Rat placed her upon a slight ledge of the barn in which he lived and brought her an offering of sustenance each day, as well as flowers and other pretty objects with which to enhance her loveliness.The Rat and the Doll5 years ago in Fable Me This
One day the Rat returned from his foraging to find the other rats throwing pebbles at his Doll. "Stop!" he cried. "Why do you abuse my wife? What has she ever done to you?"
"She does nothing at all," said the other rats, "and that is the problem. How has she proven herself worthy of the attention you grant her, or the offerings you provide?"
"Her beauty proves her worth," claimed the Rat.
But at that moment, a gust of wind swept the Doll off her perch an
The Crane WifeThe Crane Wife5 years ago in Fable Me This
The Crane Wife
Does that bird
think of bygone times
as it flies singing...
- Princess Nukada
There on the poor man's doorstep,
an arrow biting into my wing,
I flew into the arms of decision
my cries calling clouds,
even to the brow of Moon:
I would not be this;
kindness come to me,
and songs of a different flesh,
irresistibly new. That was why,
sped to health, I fled only to return
to the poor man's doorstep
a bird no more, a woman of silk.
And how the bamboo blinds
quivered with the storms of Spring;
how Wind shook Moon in the p
Truth and FalsehoodOne day, Truth and Falsehood met at an inn, both weary from their travels. "My old friend!" cried Truth, "Come, allow me to buy you a drink." So they drank and exchanged stories of their travels. As they talked, Envy walked into the inn. Upon seeing Truth and Falsehood, Envy grew jealous of their friendship. Envy decided to find a way to make them hate each other. Now, it so happened that Greed was staying at the same inn. Envy met with Greed to form a plan. "Look at those two," Envy hissed. "They can't be friends, they never agree on anything!" Greed was only half listening. Envy knew this, but was ready for it. "Of course," Envy said softly, "we need to stop it. It is unnatural, like a bird with no flight, or a fish that can't swim." At this, Envy pulled out a bag of gold coins. Greed's heart began to race, fingers itching to just grab the bag, to caress the gold with loving fingertips. Envy smirked triumphantly, the plan was working perfectly. "Now, this is what's going to happen,"Truth and Falsehood6 years ago in Fable Me This
The Worm and the EpiphanyAlas, the worm was blind. Making its way through fertile earth, never meeting a soul, not even its own. Not knowing kith or kin, it didn't seem to bother him as, day by day, he burrowed his tedious way through mulch and mire; heeding not the dark or the cold. Not needing to ask the question that never would tire because it never grew old. He was not simply "you" -- he was "it" who did not exist.The Worm and the Epiphany6 years ago in Fable Me This
So on and on, as often goes with a worm, it continued the clandestine tryst to turn the soil. It was what he had learned, or was born having known. Was he born -- and born to toil? -- flashed a thought in the dark. Had he not? He never thought to ask it before.
Then suddenly, the worm broke through the crust of ground! It squinted hard into a blinding light, and basked in the shade of a sunflower whose head bowed low with curiosity, and promptly doused the worm with a shower of dew. And
The Black FoxThe Black Fox6 years ago in Fable Me This
Once upon a time, in a forest where three streams merged into a small, fast-flowing river, the locals say a shadow took life in the form of a black fox.
So shiny and thick and smooth was the coat of this black fox, it was said that hunters who caught sight of her were driven mad with the desire to own her pelt.
The best hunters for miles around chased after this elusive prey, but none succeeded. Indeed, many of them chased after the fox, deep into the darkness beneath the ancient pines, and never returned. Some believe they came across misfortune. Some believe they were taken by the fox into the fairy realm. Some have even more sinister theories to relate.
In a time when the autumn was crisping the leaves and turning the air cold, a young man went into the woods to gather firewood to sustain his family through the oncoming winter.
His bow was slung across his shoulders, and he carried an axe to cut wood, but he had no intention of killing any living creatures this day, and after many l
Fable: Lion and HyenasA lion had a deep hatred of hyenas, and he would roam the savannah and ruthlessly hunt down and slaughter any that he saw. For a while, the hyenas feared him, until one brave individual rallied them all together and proclaimed that they should fight back.Fable: Lion and Hyenas6 years ago in Fable Me This
The next time the lion began to maul one of the hapless animals, the others emerged from the long grass and tore at the lion's flanks. He tried to defend himself, but there were so many hyenas harrying him from all sides that he was at last forced to retreat. Covered in bites and scratches, he wandered through the plains shouting, "Help me! Those hyenas have always had it in for me!"
Men claim persecution often when they are no longer allowed to persecute.
The Teacher's SuccessorOnce, at a certain time, in a village with no name there was a teacher. As he aged he knew he would need a successor to take his place when he died. He decided that his smartest student would be his successor. Of all his students, three young boys were the smartest.The Teacher's Successor5 years ago in Fable Me This
One day, the teacher brought the three boys up a hill that over looked the village. On the hill were three grand, majestic trees that stood at the same height.
He assigned each boy a tree, then said, "Get rid of your trees and you must tell me who did it the right way."
The first boy ran home and brought back an axe. After a few swings the tree was cut down. "I am right because this is the way to get wood to make our homes."
The second one ran deep into the forest to a raven's nest. He took some seed from his pocket and offered it to the raven. The raven swooped down and exchanged the seed for an elixir. Running back, the second boy doused the tree with the elixir. The tree writhed then turned into a flock of swans that fle
The Peacock and the FoxThe Peacock and the Fox5 years ago in Fable Me This
The Peacock was one day striding along very proud of his beautiful feathers. As he went by all the animals, they bowed down to him. And so went with all the animals, except one. As the Peacock passed by the Fox, he noticed the Fox did not bow down to him. The Peacock cleared his throat: "aham!"
The Fox, who although was not better looking than the Peacock, was very smart pretended not to hear anything.
"Perhaps you haven't seen me" said the Peacock.
"Actually I have" replied the Fox.
"Well, as I pass, everyone bows down to me."
"Really? I didn't know."
"Well then, what are you waiting for?"
"There's just a small problem, I don't know how to bow"
"Oh, that's odd. You just have to bend like so..."
And when the Peacock bowed, showing the Fox how to do so, in a swift movement he gobbled him up, and for the rest of the day, he felt no hunger.
No Country for Old CrittersBein' an owl, I reckon I see most things that other woodland folk are just too blind to see. Can't see the forest for the trees, an' all that. Mostly simple stuff, nothin' worth writin' a book about. But I seen a couple things, mind, as could make a creature ponder its rightful place in the world. I seen a rabbit once't, possessed by the devil (or an adrenal excess) who done broke the nose offen the fox what was chasin' 'im. True, it's an unusual twist to see sich a thing happen, but that weren't nothin' compared to how that same rabbit feller got his nose broke by a female what he done decided to make friendly with. Glories of nature, spring . . . phooey. March madness, that's what it is.No Country for Old Critters6 years ago in Fable Me This
Now, if he's wise, a creature might take a lesson from this here yarn. Might learn somethin' how danger'll getcha most easy in your own backyard. Another might see in this story as how despite all 'pearances no one is ever truly helpless. Me, near as I can figure I jus' reckon as how women is the mos
The Pigeon and the PheasantsThe Pigeon and the Pheasants6 years ago in Fable Me This
The Pigeon and the Pheasants
Once there was a pigeon who wandered around a pheasant coop, looking for bits to eat. It noticed that every everyday the farmer would feed the birds and shoo him away. One day the pigeon thought, I'll pretend to be a pheasant and get as plump as them too! He found some old feathers, put them on, snuck into the coop and feasted heartily. A month later the farmer came out to collect some birds for dinner and selected the pigeon as well.
Don't envy a person for what you THINK they have.
The Spider And The FlyOne day, a fly got caught in a spider's web. As the spider came down to wrap its prey in web, the fly did some quick thinking.The Spider And The Fly6 years ago in Fable Me This
"What a beautiful web you have made" commented the fly. "The design is simply breathtaking".
"Thank you" replied the spider, rather flattered. But she began to start spinning anyway.
"Your eyes!" cried the fly. "You have the most beautiful eyes of any creature I have ever seen. So red and shiny-"
The spider smiled, but did not stop in her spinning.
"You are so beautiful, you are fit to be queen" said the fly, now rather panicky.
"In fact," he continued, "my great-great-great grandmother has the most beautiful crown, made of real spider silk. It would fit you perfectly."
"A crown?" asked the spider, pausing now.
"Absolutely!" agreed the fly. "You must believe me, it is the most beautiful crown--encrusted with dew drops from a rose and the eyes of a butterfly. None but you are fit to wear it. I could bring it to you, if you would let me go for a moment to get it.
The Rabbit and the CloverThere was a little rabbit who had perfectly curved ears and the fluffiest, whitest scut his colony had ever seen. The elder favoured him, because someone with so beautiful attire could only have a beautiful soul, and the young adored him and wanted to win his benevolence.The Rabbit and the Clover5 years ago in Fable Me This
One day, a female came to him and said:
"I found the last clover growing before the winter, just there, and I want to give it to you, because you are both equally beautiful."
The little rabbit followed her to the place she had indicated, and indeed there was the last clover, and it smelled delicious.
"Thank you," he said and nuzzled the female, who ran away then.
Looking at the clover, the rabbit said to himself:
'This clover is really just as beautiful as I am, and I will not eat it right away. There is still enough other food and this one deserves admiration.'
He settled down next to the clover and started eating the grass that grew around it.
Before night fell, the female came back to the spot where the clover grew
Centipede and CaterpillarA centipede and a caterpillar were one day traversing along a path when the centipede stopped for his companion. "Look at you." Centipede said. "Your tiny legs are few while my many legs are longer, and can carry me great distances. Were it not for your bulk, I would carry you and we could arrive out our destination sooner. It is a shame that you shall never be able to match me." Caterpillar heard this and began to climb up the nearest plant, and called down, "Go on ahead. In a few weeks' time, I will see you at our destination." Centipede merely shook his head and continued on his way. Not too long after, Centipede heard Caterpillar's voice call out to him. Centipede was astonished to see that Caterpillar had transformed into a butterfly! "Caterpillar, is that you?"Centipede and Caterpillar5 years ago in Fable Me This
"Yes it is, and I will be on my way. Were it not for your bulk, I would carry you with me. It is a shame you had to judge me before." And with that, Caterpillar flapped his wings and went along his way to wait ahead for Ce
The Widow and Dame FortuneA young widow, having just left her husbands grave, was overcome by grief as she walked and thus became lost in a forest nearby. Alone with her thoughts she grew angry at the death Fortune had given her husband so early on in life and cried out, ''Must thou be so cruel as to take innocent lives as easily as plucking a daisy from the earth?''. Upon her shout, Dame Fortune appeared to speak with the lady.The Widow and Dame Fortune6 years ago in Fable Me This
''If you believe me to be cruel then how must you feel about yourself?'', and vanished as suddenly as she came, leaving behind her a beautiful, black daisy. The widow looked with wonder upon the daisy and was so enchanted by it's beauty she plucked it from the earth to keep for herself and therefore died, as Dame Fortune had tricked her by linking her life with the daisy.
Moral: What you may find unacceptable in others you may find within yourself.
The Mocking-birdOnce there was a mocking-bird who regularly visited the property of an elderly woman who loved to feed the local birds. Birds of every kind would flock to the woman's garden, and she would put out all the different treats that the various species enjoyed. The mocking-bird delighted in the company and the good food. He liked to tease the other birds by mimicking their voices and making fun of the way they squawked and chirped. "Please stop!" They begged him, but he would answer: "You have no sense of humour!" Gradually fewer and fewer of the birds would come to the woman's garden because they were tired of being ridiculed, until the mocking-bird was the only visitor. The old lady realised what had happened and refused to put out any more food for the mocking-bird and shooed him away with harsh words. From that time on all he could do was sit in the trees at the edge of the garden and watch as all the otheThe Mocking-bird5 years ago in Fable Me This
The Farmer and the FlowersA farmer was courting a girl who lived in the city. She was beautiful, but very stupid. The beautiful girl from town told the farmer, "If you truly love me, you will shower me with beautiful things." So the farmer decided to plant flowers instead of crops, for that would impress his love. His brothers warned him, "If you do not plant vegetables, then you shall have none for when winter comes." He ignored their advice. When it came time to harvest, he presented the beautiful girl with his bounty of flowers. She was impressed, but the flowers soon wilted, and she moved on to other suitors. Meanwhile, the farmer was left without food in the winter. He then truly realized that you only reap what you sow.The Farmer and the Flowers6 years ago in Fable Me This
The Fox's Dinner A hungry young fox once chased after a plump rabbit, intending to catch his dinner. However, just before the fox could capture his prey, the rabbit disappeared into its warren.The Fox's Dinner6 years ago in Fable Me This
Being young, the fox was unsure of how he might force the rabbit out of hiding, and decided to seek advice. He ran to his mother's den, explained his trouble and listened carefully to her instructions. To be doubly sure, he also visited his grandmother and asked for her opinion. Still worried that he did not know enough, he further enquired of his uncle. Then he lay down and carefully thought through what he had been told.
At last, feeling confident in his newfound knowledge, he returned to the warren and found that the rabbit had moved on.
Much knowledge cannot replace swift action.
The Owl and the SquirrelThe Owl and the SquirrelThe Owl and the Squirrel6 years ago in Fable Me This
Owl had the most amazing memory. He stayed up all night memorizing, so he would be the smartest of all. "Is Iceland or Greenland green?" he would ask, and of course nobody could ever remember which was which. "No one has a better memory than I," Owl always said.
Squirrel was very impressed by Owl's memory. "I wish I could remember things like Owl" she said to herself. Every year she would bury acorns, and every year she could never quite remember where she had hidden them all. After looking and looking, she would finally give up and go play with her friends or tell stories of funny things that had happened recently.
One day Owl couldn't sleep because Squirrel and her friends were laughing so loud. "What are you making all that noise for?" he grumped. "We were just remembering the time Raccoon got stuck in a tree," Squirrel replied. Owl was surprised and asked "Whe
The Onyx FlowerOnce upon a time, in a place so very far away, a beautiful yet dissatisfied woman lived.The Onyx Flower6 years ago in Fable Me This
She was so beautiful, that the other people in the area began to wonder how one mere mortal could possess such celestial beauty. There were rumours that she was a fairy changling, that she'd been blessed by a wizard at birth, that she'd bathed in magical healing waters as a child, even that she was an earthbound goddess. Still, nobody could figure out what was true.
The beautiful woman, of course, was aware of how beautiful she was. She'd walk through the town every day, her mahogany curls swishing across her back, and watch people as they stared in awe and wonder at her alabaster skin, her shocking blue eyes, her dazzling red lips, at every beautiful bit of her. The woman also did everything in her power to make sure that with every passing day she only became more and more splendid looking. She would sit in the forest at dawn so the mist would give her complexion a natural glow, and she'd eat the
hey Kumeyaay Food And Shelterhey6 years ago in Fable Me This
Kumeyaay grew fields of grain and sqaush.They also hunted rabbits and woodrat.
They also eated berries, fresh fruit,and they hunted for deer.
The Kumeyaay found shelter in
Fable - The Banker SquirrelIn a dray of squirrels, each worked together to collect acorns for the winter, and while they hibernated, they would huddle together and stay warm. One autumn, the cleverest squirrel decided he didn't have enough food, so he tricked one of the other squirrels to climb up a treacherous tree which leant over a chasm. When the squirrel fell, the clever one took his acorns for the winter. The clever squirrel did this year after year, getting fatter and fatter so he tricked more and more squirrels to their deaths. Yet, one summer, where no squirrels were left to gather food for him, followed by a winter, where he would shiver, cold and alone.Fable - The Banker Squirrel6 years ago in Fable Me This
Betray those who trust you, and soon, no one will be left to betray.
The Arrogant FoxThere once was a young fox, part of an infamous family within its woods. They were merciless, always going after the helpless animals around them. The young red fox thought greatly of itself. One day the young red fox saw a hunter walking within the woods. "Fight me hunter. I'll kill you and bring you back to my family." The young fox said to the tall man. The man chuckled, "Or perhaps I will take you to MY family." He threw a net over the young fox with ease and slung him over his back. The young fox started to panic. "Help me family!" it cried, but the other red foxes, who saw this happen just ran away, too concerned with their own lives. The young fox started to weep. A small rabbit came forth out of the woods. The rabbit jumped on the hunter, thinking it harmless he just chuckled. But the rabbit, clever and swift, climbed his leg to his arm, and his arm to his face. The rabbit scratched at the hunters face. "Stop it! Stop it!" The hunter cried, and dropped the young fox,The Arrogant Fox5 years ago in Fable Me This