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(At three o’clock in the morning. Michael is sleeping in his room. He wakes up and goes to his parent’s bedroom. He wakes up his mother)
MICHAEL: Mom!. Mom!. There’s a bat in my bedroom!.
MOTHER: Oh Michael, not again. It’s three o’clock in the morning. Why don’t you go to your room and try to sleep?.
MICHAEL: Mom, I’m telling you the truth.
MOTHER: The other night you told me that you saw a dragon in the bathroom…at two o’clock in the morning!.
MICHAEL: This time you have to believe me.
FATHER: Michael go back to bed, you have school tomorrow!.
MICHAEL: Good night mom. Good night dad.
MOTHER AND FATHER: Good night, Michael.
(Michael and his mother are in the dining room having breakfast. His father enters, and he looks at a broken cup in the floor)
FATHER: Who broke my favorite gold cup?.
MOTHER: (to Michael) What have you done!.
(Michael stands and looks at the cup in the floor)
MICHAEL: I didn’t do it.
MOTHER: I didn’t break it, either.
MICHAEL: Mom, last night after I left your bedroom I came to drink some water, then the table started shaking. I think it was an earthquake!. All the cups in the table started to move, and dad’s cup fell and broke. I saw it with my own eyes!.
MOTHER: You’re lying. That’s why all the people in town call you Michael Liar.
FATHER: Not even you believe your own lies.
MOTHER: I hope you get itchy every time you lie.
MICHAEL: I never lie!. (He scratches his head, his arms, his hands, his legs, and his feet) Mom…it was me who broke the cup. (The itching stops, and he stops scratching)
FATHER: It’s easy to tell the truth, right?.
MICHAEL: Yes, dad. I’m sorry.
MOTHER: Remember, no more lies, or you will get itchy.
MICHAEL: I promise!. No more lies. I learned my lesson.
FATHER: Good!. I’m hungry and breakfast looks delicious!.
(Michael, Mother, and Father sit at the table and start eating)
Author: Folktale from Switzerland
Adapted by: K I D S I N C O
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Tags: Honesty, Lies, Moral Values