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Once upon a time there were two little girls. One of the girls was blonde with long curly hair, and had been born into a rich family. Since birth she was fed the same savory cut of meat, rich herbs and vegetables, and the same creamy dessert for every meal.
In another part of the land, lived the second little girl. She had straggly brown hair and had been born into a poor family. Every day since this girl's birth, her family had barely been able to feed her at all. The usual meal, if she was so lucky, consisted of tasteless and fatty scraps.
The rich girl did not know that the poor girl existed, but the poor girl knew all about the rich one. The poor girl had grown up hearing every day about how well the rich girl and her family lived. She heard about the rich girl's soft clothes and hair, her many toys, and most importantly, her food.
The poor girl, who sometimes couldn't even eat at all, was very jealous of the rich girl. In her heart she cursed the rich girl and her family
A Vast FortuneA Vast Fortune
Once upon a time, there was a very kind man who had five children. The eldest was a boy named Robert, the second was a girl named Luna who had the most beautiful long silver hair, the third was the boy Fredrick and the fourth was a sweet little girl with golden curls named Celeste. The fifth and youngest child was a cunning lad named Charles, who would always come to suppers late and find any excuse to avoid the housework.
The man's wife had died many years ago, and now he found himself on death's door, struggling with a terrible illness. However, he was comforted by the knowledge that his children were all old enough to care for themselves, as even the youngest, Charles, was nearing the age of adulthood.
Because he loved all five of them dearly in fact, he knew he could not leave this world without leaving a little something with each of them to remember him by. So, one day he called all five children to his bedside, and there informed them that they could each make one
The Good Eggs + The Bad SeedsThe Good Eggs and The Bad Seeds
Once upon a time there was a kingdom that was rent in two. On one side, there were the good eggs. Everyone knew they were good because they were pure white and always provided light and sustenance to the people who lived near them. On the other side of the kingdom were the bad seeds. Everyone knew the seeds were bad because they were black and hard and never produced any fruit. So, most of the people lived with the good eggs on the one side of the kingdom. They lived there and they prospered, living good lives with everything in line with their expectations.
One day, things started to feel different. They noticed that some of the eggs weren't as white as the others. Some were yellow, and brown, and even black the further they dug. They ignored it for a long time but finally they realized that the eggs weren't really as good as they had always claimed. In truth, nearly half of the eggs were all very bad. They also started to notice that on the other side
Children of the Pied PiperChildren of The Pied Piper
Once a upon a time there was a small town that faced a rather gruesome dilemma. The town had become infested with rats who made life unbearable for the poor citizens. Their prayer for help was answered in the form of a jolly young man who offered a guaranteed method of removing the rats, for a fee of course. The desperate citizens gladly consented, but much to their great surprise, his secret method, although effective, was the simple act of playing his pipe. The music appeared to hypnotize the rats, and as he skipped out of the town, the rats all began to follow him until he and the rats disappeared far beyond the borders of the town. Soon, the man came strolling back up to the gate, now with the rats far behind him, ready to collect his fee from the townspeople.
However, much to his disgust, they insulted his integrity as a businessman by refusing to pay on the grounds that his method had been far too simple. The man vowed revenge on the town and that very
Three Delicious PiesThree Delicious Pies
Once upon a time there were three little girls named Merryweather, Lucinda and Jane. Merryweather lived in the most eastern part of town, in a big beautiful mansion. She had long blonde hair and would always wear a blue frilly dress. Everyday she would sit in the garden of her estate and eat a delicious pie she'd made herself of blueberries and blackberries in a crust, while she sat on her little white whicker chair.
One day, a group of hungry mice came up to the garden and gazed longingly at Merryweather's pie. They hadn't eaten in days, and there was no food all around. Merryweather loved her pie dearly, and had worked very hard to make it, but as she looked at their sad faces she could feel her heart breaking, so she placed her tray down on the ground. The mice ate of it gratefully, and thanked her many times.
The next day, in quite the same fashion, Merryweather made herself a delicious pie, and sat down in her white wicker chair to eat it. The group of mice ho
Mistress ButterflyMistress Butterfly
Once upon a time there was a man who traveled to a distant land and fell in love with a young native girl with stunning bright blue eyes. Even though the people of this land were hated by the people of his own land, he of himself harbored no ill will towards them, and neither they toward he, so no one was adverse to the union when he married this girl. However, not but a month had passed after their marriage than he was called back to his own land to attend to business.
He apologized to his young bride and vowed to return very soon, so she needn't worry. However, soon days turn to weeks and then months. She gave birth to the manchild he'd left in her stomach upon leaving, and the boy became a half a year old in addition to that. There was still no word of the young girl's husband and so she began to don mourner's clothes, thinking the worst must have happened to her love, after all, why else would he leave her?
However, what she didn't know, was that in his homeland,
The Final ExamThe Final Exam
Once upon a time there was a school with different levels of classes. Once you graduated from one class, you and your entire class would go on to the next class. The teacher of all of the classes was the same, wise old man. Every year when a new class of every level started, he would warn his students about the importance of preparing for the final exam. You see, the school only had one final exam, and it was taken whenever a class entered the final level of school before graduating .
One year, he sat down in front of his class of these seniors on the first day and warned them to prepare very hard for the final exam, which would be at the end of the year. They had all gone through the other classes and years together as one unit, all having the same amount of time to prepare, and it was in perfect fairness that every student would have to take the same final at the end of the year.
The teacher also told the class that there would be daily reading assignments and homework
Black SheepBlack Sheep
Once upon a time there lived a great many sheep, who grazed on a lush hillside. They frolicked and played together. They made friends with each other and paired off as mates to form families, leading simple and happy lives. However, in the group there was one sheep who none of the others ever seemed to notice. Every once in a while they would glance at him, but then quickly glance back, and would never speak of him.
This sheep began to wonder everyday why it was that the other sheep would not acknowledge him. Finally he was struck with the painful realization that he must be the black sheep. Of course, he must be, for all the white sheep were so very happy.
The white sheep did not speak much to the grey sheep, and would often mock them. The whiter sheep would make fun of those who were less white, and the whitest sheep still seemed to have no place in their circle for any who were not as white as they were.
If he was hated the most of all of the sheep, and not even g
The WallThe Wall
Once upon a time there existed two great kingdoms, both blessed beyond measure with beautiful lands and prosperous citizens: The Blue Kingdom and The Red Kingdom. But one day, something very curious happened. A great wall sprang up and divided the two lands, which had once been joined seamlessly at the border.
In the Blue Kingdom, they were sad to be separated from the Red Kingdom, but the more they saw the wall grow, the more they noticed how beautiful it was. For the wall was covered with roses and wildflowers and lush green leaves, and seemed to emit beautiful rays of colored light onto their fair lands. It made the citizens very happy, and they loved the wall dearly. It was incredible to look upon and they began to be very glad that it had sprung up. For even if it separated them for a time from the people of the Red Kingdom, it was such a blessing that truly they could not tear it down. In fact, they hoped that it would grow as high as the skies themselves and continue to
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