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Story for the day/Nov 18 (2000)

Auxiris 18 Nov 00 - 05:05 AM
Auxiris 18 Nov 00 - 05:07 AM
Naemanson 18 Nov 00 - 06:06 AM
GUEST,leeneia 18 Nov 00 - 09:22 AM
katlaughing 18 Nov 00 - 10:21 AM
Auxiris 18 Nov 00 - 11:29 AM
Amos 18 Nov 00 - 11:36 AM
catspaw49 18 Nov 00 - 12:15 PM
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Subject: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Auxiris
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 05:05 AM

Dear friends, once upon a time there lived a farmer named Little John. He and his wife lived together in a small village and, even though they were poor, they always managed to get by. Every morning, Little John harnessed up his mule and went to work in his fields nearby and, as he walked along, he'd say to himself, "Oh, I'm so tired of scraping and skimping all the time; I wish I could find a way to make lots of money! It's such a weary life to be poor, watching every penny, patching clothes and making do" and so on. He was indeed becoming quite obsessed with the idea of not having enough money.

One morning as he went grumbling on his way to work in the fields, he came walking around the last bend in the road and who do you think he saw there? A fairy! A beautiful sparkly fairy! She smiled and said to him, "Good morning, Little John ; how are you today? I've come to grant you a wish." " Fine, I'm sure, thank you and good morning to you as well" said he, "What's that you say? A WISH? Splendid! I know exactly what I want! I want. . ." "No, Little John", said the fairy, "You musn't tell me now what your wish is for just now; I'll be here tomorrow morning and you can make your wish then." " But, but, there's no need to wait until then! I already know EXACTLY what I want!" spluttered Little John, fairly beside himself with impatience. "Tomorrow will be soon enough", said the fairy, smiling. "Just remember this : the night brings sound council." And with that, she disappeared POOF ! leaving nothing but a delicious odour of lily-of-the-valley.

As you can well imagine, dear friends, Little John had a difficult time keeping his mind on plowing his fields that day! On his way home, he stopped, as he often did, to see his poor blind mother and ask if there was anything he could do for her. He told her about meeting the fairy at the bend in the road and her offer to grant him a wish. Just as he was about to say that he was going to wish for lots of money, his mother said, "Oh, Little John, how wonderful! Well, it's obvious what you'll wish for, of course; I've always wished that someday I'd be able to see again!" Said Little John, " Yes certainly, mother. . . that would indeed be marvellous; well, I have to get on home now. I'll see you tomorrow" and left with a heavy heart. Now there were two wishes for one available wish!

He went home, unharnessed and stabled the mule and went into the house for supper. His wife looked up from setting the table and said, " You look as if you've had a hard day, my dear. Sit down and I'll get you some stew straight away." "You don't know the half of it!" said Little John and told her about the fairy he'd met that morning. "Oh my!" said his wife, "I know what to wish for! I've always wanted children and we've never been able to have any so now's our chance to have some at last!" She served him a bowl of stew, humming lullabys, starry-eyed and happy. "Oh, no" thought Little John, who had the impression that his dinner tasted of ashes instead of vegetables, "Now there are three wishes for one available wish! It's all well and good to say that the night brings sound council, but I'm sure I don't know how to stretch one wish into three wishes!" Needless to say, he tossed and turned all through the night and got very little sleep indeed.

The next day, feeling a bit tired but much calmer, Little John harnessed up his mule and went off to work in his fields. Sure enough, as he came walking around the last bend in the road, there she was, the same beautiful, sparkly fairy as the day before, dear friends! She smiled and said to him, "Good morning to you, Little John. I've come to grant you your wish, so I hope the night has brought you sound council. Have you decided what you'd like to wish for?" "Yes" said Little John, taking a deep breath, "I wish tha


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Auxiris
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 05:07 AM

Damn it! Silly machine got me again! Last line should be:

"I wish that my mother could see my children eating off plates of gold!"

cheers,

Aux


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 06:06 AM

Very good! LOL! There I was expecting a deeply moving lesson at the end and blammo, he figured out how to ask for it all.


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 09:22 AM

Great story! Thanks for posting it.


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 10:21 AM

That is a fantastic one, Auxiris! You are such a suuperb storyteller!

Thanks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Auxiris
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 11:29 AM

Thanks for the compliments so far, everyone, but maybe (here I'm walkin' on thin ice, I think) someone should say something less nice, or I'll have to turn sideways to get through doors. . . LOL! Glad you liked it.

cheers,

Aux


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Amos
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 11:36 AM

Well, ok, Aux. I don't believe in fairies.

That suit?

Nice tale, though.

A


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 12:15 PM

Great as that story was, I liked the first post better in a way. It ended with the reader supplying the outcome which was interesting!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Auxiris
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 04:28 PM

Hello again. . . just to let you know that I am in the process of translating another Nasreddine story to post next week. Maybe they should be stories of the week instead of stories of the day. . . ?

cheers,

Aux


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: Rollo
Date: 19 Nov 00 - 03:55 PM

But about this "silly machine that got you"... what a NASTY trick to increase expectation even more! Whoah!Wunnerful! I knew exactly what I would have wished. I would have wished to experience you storytelling live.


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Subject: RE: Story for the day/Nov 18
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Feb 07 - 12:11 AM

refresh...just as great of a story as ever! Missing your stories, Auxiris!


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