Narrator: Once upon a time there was an fairy who lived inside a mountain which was full of gold, silver, and precious stones.
Fairy: Oh, I’m so bored in this place! I wish I could go out into the world and see the sun, the lakes and rivers… the flowers… but that’s impossible. I have to stay here…underground taking care of all these rubies, diamonds, and emeralds.
Narrator: One day she heard a noise coming from outside the mountain. Some people were making a hole to get inside.
Fairy: Now I see… they are coming to steal my treasure! Men are greedy and ambitious! Anyway… I will help them get in, and I will even give them some of my treasure.
Narrator: The fairy used her magic to open up a hole, and a few minutes later three sweaty, dirty, and tired men entered the treasure mountain.
Man 1: Where are we? I can’t see anything!
Man 2: Me neither!
Man 3: Where’s that bright light come from? I can’t even open my eyes!
Narrator: Finally, the three men could open their eyes.
Three Men: This is wonderful!
Man 1: Come on… everything is ours!
Fairy: Stop where you are!
Man 2: Who are you?
Fairy: I live here… you don’t have to take anything… I give it to you.
Man 3: Are you sure?
Fairy: Yes, take everything you want.
Man 1: Thank you good fairy!
Man 2: I’ll fill my pockets with all these precious stones!
Man 3: You are so kind, really.
Fairy: Don’t say anything more, just take whatever you want to, and leave.
Narrator: The three men took everything they could, and left the mountain feeling satisfied. One day, one of them came back to the mountain.
Fairy: What did you come back? Didn’t you have enough? Is it possible that you don’t have anything I gave you?
Man 1: Oh, yes I do! I have everything you gave me! In fact, I hid the treasure in a safe place… not even my son knows where it is!
Fairy: You’re so greedy! You were not capable of sharing your treasure with anybody… not even your son. Get away from here! I will not give you more!
Man 1: No… listen to me… please.
Fairy: Get out!
Narrator: The man left, and after a few months another man came back to the mountain.
Fairy: What do you want?
Man 2: Please, help me! I have lost everything you gave me. I don’t have a single precious stone!
Fairy: What did you do with all the treasure I gave you?
Man 2: I used it to get to know people better. Money makes people betray each other, even an honest man can turn disrespectful and dishonest!
Fairy: So you used the treasure to turn people against each other…and you dare to come and ask for more… I don’t want to see you anymore… get out!
Narrator: The man left and a few months later the third man came back to the mountain.
Fairy: Now it’s you! I won’t give you anything… Get away from here!
Man 3: Wait… I don’t want anything else from you. I just came to give you back some of the treasure you gave me. I don’t want to be rich!
Fairy: You don’t want to be a wealthy man?
Man 3: No.
Man 3: Because money doesn’t make me happy. People came to me just because I was rich… they were not sincere… they were not my true friends.
Fairy: Oh, surely wealth is not a good thing! Go back to your own world. You are poor once again and you can now live in peace.
Narrator: The man left, and she forgot her dream of going out into the world. She forgot about the sun, the lakes, the rivers, and the flowers.
Fairy: I prefer to stay here, in my underground world with my treasure… men don’t understand that wealth doesn’t bring happiness. Wealth can also bring misfortune.
Adapted by K I D S I N C O
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