Last week Ethan wrote a great story. It was based on the Aesop story, “Androcles and the Slave” but Ethan innovated on it a little. I was so impressed with this story, as fiction is not usually his forte. Ethan was literally bounding around the house wanting people to read it and grinning from ear to ear.
So for your enjoyment, here is his story from this past week.
The Slave and the Lion
Once there was a badly treated slave, who lived in ancient Rome. His master always made him mop the whole palace, and cook and serve the food every day. All he got in return was an old bed without a mattress in the storage room, and a cup of water and a piece of hard bread. If he was lucky, and his master was not hunger enough to not finish his food, the slave would get his food. This rarely happened though.
One night he planned a getaway. He found an old backpack in the storage room and he used it to put his only things in. He then went to the kitchen to take some food and put that in his backpack too. Then he then filled three water bottles and put them in his backpack as well. Finally he went to the storage room and escaped through a rarely used window. He ran into the forest to find a cave to hide in.
The Lion’s Cave
The slave found a huge cave deep in the forest, a little bit away from the main path. When the slave entered the cave, he found a lion in there. The slave wanted to flee but he could not, as he was so scared and could not move at all. The lion walked up to him and the slave thought he was going to be the lion’s dinner. But the lion held up his paw and whimpered. The slave felt pity for him and found a thorn in the lion’s paw. The slave said, “This might hurt a little”, and pulled the thorn out. From then on, the lion and the slave were friends.
A month later, a beggar was wandering in the forest and saw the slave. He quickly grabbed the slave and dragged him to the governor’s office in town and turned the slave in for a reward of 10 000 denarius. The same day, a soldier was walking in the forest looking for a lion. He found the slave’s lion friend, captured it and drove it back to Rome, where it was put into the Colosseum’s lion cage. A day later, the slave was put in the Colosseum’s prison to be punished with an animal fight.
The Animal Fight
On the fateful day, a guard came into the slave’s cell and dragged him out. He pushed him into the Colosseum’s arena. The spectators chanted, “Good Luck slave!”, others chanted, “You will need the luck!”. Then a lion jumped out of a door and ran towards the slave. The slave trembled and thought, “After all I have been through, I’m going to get eaten by a lion”. But when the lion saw him, he licked the slave’s face and sat down and purred. It was the slave’s lion friend. The amazed spectators yelled, “Free him! Free Him! And free the lion too!” They were both granted their freedom, which made the slave’s old master furious. The slave and the lion, who were now free, went to live in the forest.
The slave’s old master was not happy and went to argue with the emperor, who had given the runaway slave his freedom. That heated argument turned into a fight and then the slave’s old master punched the emperor in the nose. He was dragged off to prison. A day later, the old master was marched into the arena and a lion, which was not friendly, ran up to him and ripped him into pieces before eating him.
The message of this story is that when someone is in need, you should help them.
Oh and never punch an emperor.