It was really just another sunny mid summer day, on the banks of the Colorado river. Mr. Tortoise had made his way up a sandy little beach and was
lying on his
back getting some sun. Kick'in back sport'in his shades think'in," Life is good. I
have everything I need.
He hadn't noticed the Scorpion on the hollowed out log just a few feet away. Or that this Scorpion was very concerned, with something that was on
So Mr. Tortus was slightly startled when the scorpion''s voice breached the
silence of the sandy little beach.
" Hey Mr.Tortoise", like most scorpions he sounded very snide with his scruffy sounding scorpion voice. " I wonder if I could ask a favor of you"?
good natured in this early part of the day, Mr. Tortoise said, "Well what's the favor
if I can help you out I will".
" Can you see my family over there on the other side of the river? Just a bit up from the shoreline. My wife, my daughter, and the baby boy? The
tortus stretching his neck to see," Oh yes I see them. What a fine lil family you have there Mr. Scorpion." "Yes, Mr. Tortoise I wonder if I could
hitch a ride on your back, that I can
get over to them. I'm sure they're very hungry without me providing for them for the past few days."
The Tortoise was to wise for that and looked at the scorpion over the top of his shades. " Mr. Scorpion you know that just won't work. If I did
that, we wouldn't
make it half way across, before you sting me and then we'd both drown".
So the scorpion was back on his heels again and began to think. He noticed the grass and mushrooms along with some other vegitation growing near to
the old log. Suddenly, a lizard charging straight at him out of nowhere. Looking to make a meal out of all the termites in the log, he didn,t see the
scorpion, until it was far to late. The scorpion was all over him, stung the lizard two, three and then a forth time, to finish the lizard off. It was
over, before the lizard could utter even a word.
The scorpion now had a plan.
" Mr Tortoise, you've been laying there all morning in the sand and sun. I figure you might be get'in hungry about now. So what would you think, if
I gathered up some
crisp morning grass and some of those mushrooms you see there. I can cut all that up along with the lizard, fix it all up real nice for ya. I'll even
toss on some of those termites to top it off. I could bring that to you. A chefs salad. A nice light meal for ya. Then how about it Mr. Tortoise,
would you take me across the river then? So I could feed my family".
The Tortoise only thought for a moment," You know that does sound good. I'm
get'in pretty hungry to, so you know what Mr.Scorpion? You have your self a deal".
So the scorpion served up a delicious chef salad to Mr.Tortoise and the tortoise was very pleased. After they both had rested a bit the scorpion
"So are you ready Mr. Tortoise ? I really need to get to my family". The tortoise jumped to his feet and said couragously, "Of course I'm ready
friend! Lets get you over there to your family".
The scorpion jumped on the tortoise shell and the tortoise said, "Hold on tight now. Don't let the current take you or you'll be gone. I won't be
able to help you". The scorpion said ok as the tortoise scurried into the water and they were on their way. The tortoise didn't even feel the weight
of the scorpion. Gliding through the water now, they were almost half way across the river when suddenly. The tortoise felt a deep stabbing,
horrendous pain, to the back of his neck.
The tortoise, knowing full well what had just happened, looked back at the scorpion and said, " Mr. Scorpion I don't understand. Now we're all
going to die. Even
your family will starve. Why ! Why would you this?" The scorpion glared hatefully at the tortus and in that snide and scruffy scorpion voice he
" Cause I'm a scorpion".
I know of several different morals that run through this little fable. I'm betting ATS will come up with those and more besides the ones I Know to be
there. Lets hear the different ones you guys come up with.
Edit for my lousy ass spelling of the word tortus
[edit on 23-8-2010 by randyvs]