The Helpful Bear

Once upon a time, in a forest faraway, there lived a grizzly friendly bear. He was always polite with everyone. He helped those in need without hesitation and no one had ever heard an unkind word from him. He was a jovial bear and played with his forest friends everyday.

One day, the bear was hungry. He opened his honey cupboard. But alas! Instead of jars full of honey, he found an empty bowl.

‘Where did my honey go? Did I eat it all up?’ thought the bear.

‘I need to refill my stock or I will be a hungry bear!’ he worried.

But there was one problem. He had never bought any honey. Normally, Mama Bear, his mom would send it to him. But this time it seemed like she had forgotten. However, he couldn’t waste any time and decided that it was time he learnt to find his own honey. Plus, the idea of an adventure thrilled him.

Packing his bags promptly, he set out on his adventure to find honey. As he approached a clearing, he heard a cry,

“Help! Please someone help me!”

“Who is it?” asked the bear.

“It’s me the turtle! I am stuck in this ditch and can’t get out. Please help me!”, cried the voice.

Now, turtle and bear had been friends for a long time. They played everyday and shared food sometimes. Without hesitation, the bear picked a long stick and held it out to the turtle. The turtle held on the other end as the bear pulled him out to safety.

“Thank you my friend! How will I ever repay your kindness?”, inquired the turtle gratefully.

“Someday you will. For now I’m happy that you are safe my friend.”, replied the bear and set forth on his journey.

As he moved ahead, he met a snake. He seemed kind and spoke politely. He requested,

“Kind bear, would you like to take a walk with me?”

The bear happily obliged. But little did he know that the snake wanted to make him his lunch and gobble him up. The turtle saw the bear with the snake. He knew that the snake was evil and warned the bear of the snake’s true nature by using his secret signal; the whistle.

Listening to the turtle’s whistle, the bear, told the snake,

“My friend, it is time for me to resume my journey. I need to find my honey. Once I do find it, I will share it with you too.”

The snake realised that he had failed. The temptation of honey was too much to resist. So, he let the bear return to his adventure and return he did.

Luckily, he came across a honeycomb at the top of a tree. But, he did not know how to get it.  He tried throwing a stone, but to no avail. He tried throwing all sort of things but, nothing helped. He tried climbing the tree. However, the bear was not very good with climbing and fell down immediately. By now, many of his friends had gathered to watch the feat.

They said to themselves, “We should help the bear. He is a kind fellow. He has always helped us!”.

They climbed on to each other and formed a pyramid to carry the bear closer to the honeycomb. Finally, the bear was close enough to break the honeycomb and collect honey to last for the next six months. Everyone was happy. Their kindness had brought them together and unity had helped them succeed.

 

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Adventures of a Little Fairy

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful fairy. She was trapped in a forest which never had any sunlight, not even during day time. It was full of dangerous creatures like spiky crocodiles, vicious snakes, snarly lions and giant grizzly bears. She was very scared. She was frantically looking for a way to get out. But to no avail. At that moment, the fairy came across a rose garden. It was full of the reddest roses she had ever seen. She was surprised to see it in this dark forest, but she was happy to see that the roses has thrived in the darkest of forest. She sat in the forest wishing for a miracle. But she found no miracle, instead a large monster crept on to her to eat her up.

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”, screamed the fairy. “What do you want you giant monster?”

“I want to gobble you up whole. You look like a tasty meal. I haven’t eaten many fairies, but I have heard they can be delicious.”, sneered the monster.

The little, frightened fairy put all her might into her wings and flew like the wind away from the ugly, green monster with dirty teeth. She kept flapping her wings so fast that the monster couldn’t catch her. But the monster wasn’t very sluggish either. In her rush, the little fairy did not notice a young boxer in the forest. Thud! She fiercely bumped into him.

“Can’t you look where you’re running?”

“I am sorry sir! But I am being chased by a big dirty green monster! He says that he wants to eat me. Can you please save me?”

The boxer stepped in front of the fairy and gave a hard punch to the monster. Bang! Crash! Pow! Slam! Thunk! Wham! Zonk! And the monster went down spilling blood in shades of purple and yellow.

“Thank you Mr. Boxer! Thank you for saving my life.”

“You are welcome dear fairy. I have done nothing big. I kill monsters like this one every day. But what is a little fairy like you doing in this dark forest? It is not a place for fairies”

“Mr. Boxer I have had very ill luck today. I had set out to play hide and seek this morning with my other fairy friends. In my hunt for a good hiding place, I lost my way and came here. I don’t know how to get back or which way will take me back to fairyland”, she sobbed.

“Why don’t you come with me? My house is near fairyland. You can go home from there.”

“Ok.”

They walked tirelessly for many hours. The boxer was smart. He knew all the roads in the dark forest, roads which the fairy wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise. Finally, they reached the boxer’s house. It was at the end of the forest. She had seen it before. The thatched roof, stone walls and a stick fence. Outside the fence were her parents. They were frantic, calling out to her. She flew fast into their arms and said “I am sorry! I won’t play hide and seek ever again.” Her parents replied, “It’s ok child. You are safe now. Let’s go home.”

The fairy’s parents thanked the boxer. They said, “If you ever need our help, think about us and we will come.”

Since then the boxer and little fairy played every day and became best of friends. They never played hide and seek but enjoyed all other games together.