Dhruv’s father has been away from home for work since last month and thus, his bedtime storytelling department has also got entrusted to me. Therefore, every night after our reading ritual, as soon as the light is switched off I am required to tell a story. I repeat the same story every night for as long as the listener wants me to.
In the past few days, I delved into my childhood to fish out a story from my 1 Std’s English Reader book. The story is about a lion and a mouse and how they became friends by helping each other. While I remember the second part of the story clearly, I have made up the first part on my own since I am hardly able to recall that one and being a lazy bum I did not google it.
Story – A lion was strolling around in the jungle when he heard the squeaky cries of a mouse “Help! Help!”. When the lion went closer to the sound he saw a mouse in the clutches of a cat whose mouth was drooling. Just when the cat was about to gobble up the mouse, the lion ran towards them and slapped the cat with his paw. The scared cat ran away and the mouse’s life gets saved. The mouse promised to help the lion in future but the lion dismissed him saying “Look at you! You tiny mouse. I am the king of the jungle. You think I am going to need your help. Hahaha. Run away.”
A few days later, the mouse was passing by when he heard the lion’s meek roars. He moved closer to see that the lion had been caught in a hunter’s net. The hunter wasn’t anywhere in sight. The mouse went near the lion and saw a teary-eyed lion. He was sobbing that the hunter would soon come to take him to the circus for shows. The mouse then cut the whole net quickly with his sharp teeth and freed the lion. The lion thanked him and both of them became friends.
Twists and Turns –
The first night I told the story, Dhruv asked a few questions –
“Who is a hunter? Is he a bad man? What is a circus?”
The second night, after I finished the story, Dhruv gave the ending a fresh twist.
Dhruv – “And then the lion and mouse go for a walk. They see a tiger stuck in the net, the mouse cuts that net too and all three of them become friends.”
Third night –
Dhruv – “While the lion and the mouse were walking away, the hunter returns. He runs after both of them, catches them with his hands and takes them to the circus.”
I see….we are two storytellers in the making here.
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