Continuing the serialization of my epic fantasy novel, Tickling Butterflies, with new fairy tales every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Enjoy the latest fairy tale:
The Giant and the Rocks
(Containing the tragic tale in which John the Cute learns the importance of telling the truth.)
When John the Cute was nine years old, his mother took him to the nearby town of Furryville. While his mother visited friends, John the Cute played in the yard and befriended a giant called Megaboy.
Megaboy was as big as the town of Furryville and used to sleep on top of the mountains to the west. Come daylight, he would always take exactly three steps, and come to stand on the outskirts of town, where he would talk to the friendly citizens. Megaboy was easy to like and everyone felt he was a good friend.
Wherever Megaboy went, he carried huge rocks in his arms and would never let them go. Even when other people wanted to shake his hand, Megaboy would say that his hands were busy holding the rocks, and would not put them aside. Even when someone in town carried something heavy, Megaboy could not help, because he insisted that he could not let go of the rocks.
When John the Cute asked Megaboy why he was holding the rocks, Megaboy said, “Because I like them.”
Later that day, when John the Cute and his mother left Furryville, he asked her about Megaboy and the rocks. She gave him a different answer. “Megaboy is ashamed of being a giant. He doesn’t like it. When he holds the rocks,” his mother continued, “he thinks that maybe we’ll think it’s the rocks that make him so big and heavy.”
John the Cute did not understand. He wanted to tell Megaboy the truth, that everyone knows he is a giant, and that everyone likes him.
His mother told him that Megaboy could not bear to have his secret revealed. He would be insulted, and leave Furryville out of shame, never to return. That is the reason, she told her son, that no one tells the giant that they know he is a giant, and why no one insists he drop the rocks.
One day, Megaboy, while standing on the edge of town, sneezed, and accidentally let go of the rocks. The rocks destroyed the town of Furryville and half the people in it died while the other half was injured.
On that day, John the Cute learned the importance of telling the truth, and vowed that in the future he would always tell the truth.
This has been the tragic tale in which John the Cute learned the importance of telling the truth.
(To be continued on Thursday…)