SHORT STORY: HALF A BABY

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    Once a tortoise and a bird were fishing for food when both gave birth to baby boys. A few days later the bird had some important work and requested the tortoise to look after her son. The tortoise readily agreed.

    As days passed the tortoise started believing that her son was uglier than the bird’s son, and she decided to swap the two boys.

    When the bird returned she saw the tortoise’s son lying in her bed and her son lying in tortoise’s bed. She asked the tortoise, ‘Why did you put your son in my bed and my son in your bed?’

   The tortoise retorted, ‘How dare you ask me this question?’

    The bird felt hurt and went looking for the tiger, the king of the jungle. Upon finding the tiger she narrated what had happened.  

   The tiger said, ‘I’ll definitely help you. Come let’s go,’ and the two set off.

    When they reached the home of the tortoise and the bird, the tiger asked the tortoise, ‘Which is your baby?’ The tortoise pointed at the baby bird in her bed.

   The bird said, ‘No-no, that’s my baby.’ Post which they started quarrelling.

    The tiger interrupted with a growl. ‘I don’t know whom to believe. Give the baby to me. I’ll cut it into two, and give you each, half a baby.’

    The tortoise nodded in agreement. But the bird pleaded, ‘No-no don’t cut the baby. If you don’t know who the mother is, please give this baby to the tortoise.’

   The tiger smiled. He took the baby bird from the tortoise’s bed, and gave it to the bird, telling the tortoise, ‘No mother would agree to cut her baby into half.

By Kamlesh Tripathi

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