“The Tortoise and the Hare” will be part of a forthcoming Six Sixes of fables titled “Fred’s Fables.”
Fred’s Fables: The Tortoise and the Hare
by Fred Meyer
One warm summer day, a hare saw a tortoise walking slowly along, and the hare mocked the tortoise’s inadequacy and boasted about his own ability. The tortoise, influenced by a case of Slow Man’s Syndrome, hastily challenged the speedy hare to a race. The hare gleefully accepted, and all the animals in the forest gathered in excitement to watch.
The starting pistol fired, the hare got off the line with a flash, raced down the path, and quickly disappeared over the flower-covered hill!
The tortoise, however, plodded along for about six
ty yards when, suddenly
, out of the nearby forest, a half-starved wolf leaped out and attacked the tortoise—tearing it limb from limb and scattering tortoise parts and blood in all directions— then devoured every morsel of the tortoise’s succulent flesh, then lay down to relax full-bellied in the noonday sun.
MORAL: Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, but sometimes slow and steady gets picked off and devoured by the first predator that comes along!
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