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THE FISHERMAN AND THE GENIE
(The Fisherman is in the river. His hook is in the water)
FISHERMAN: I hope I can catch a fish today. I’m so hungry!. (He takes out his hook) A shoe?, I can not eat a shoe!. (He throws the shoe and the hook to the water. He waits a few minutes. He takes the hook out of the water) A sock?. I can not eat a sock!. (He throws the sock and the hook to the water. He waits a few minutes. He takes the hook out of the water) A bottle?. I can not eat a bottle!. (As he is about to throw the bottle to the water, he hears a voice)
GENIE: No, Please, don’t throw me into the river!.
(The Fisherman takes the bottle in his hand and shakes it)
FISHERMAN: This is incredible!. I see something inside the bottle.
GENIE: Please, don’t throw me into the river!. Set me free. I’m a genie. If you set me free I will be your slave.
FISHERMAN: It would be fun to have a slave. I am so poor!.
GENIE: Open the bottle!.
FISHERMAN: (opens the bottle) Mmmm, okay.
(The Genie comes out of the bottle)
GENIE: Now, I’m going to get rid of you!. Ha, ha, ha, ha.
FISHERMAN: But you promise me that you would my slave!.
GENIE: I don’t care what I said!. I have been locked for a thousand years, and now that I’m free I will get rid of you!
FISHERMAN: Why were you locked for so many years?.
GENIE: King Arthur punished me.
GENIE: Because I was an evil genie!.
FISHERMAN: Honestly, I don’t believe you. This is a joke!. You were not inside that bottle. This is just an illusion.
GENIE: Illusion?. Are you sure?.
FISHERMAN: Yes. You’re so big!. How could you be inside that small bottle?.
GENIE: So, you don’t believe me?.
FISHERMAN: No, I don’t. I will believe you only if I see you inside the bottle again.
GENIE: Fine, if that’s what you want!. I’ll show you how I can get in, then I’ll come out and I will get rid of you!. Do you understand?.
FISHERMAN: Yes, I do.
GENIE: Indete Batol!
(The Genie gets inside the bottle. The fisherman closes the bottle, and throws it to the river)
FISHERMAN: I prefer to be hungry!.
(The Fisherman leaves)
Author: African Folktale
Adapted by: K I D S I N C O
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