The Hunter and The Rat

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(A hunter carrying a bow and an arrow walks in the jungle.  He has a bag with food on his shoulders. He hears a noise and sees a hole in the ground)



HUNTER: Who’s making that noise?.



RAT: It’s me,  please help me.  I fell into this hole and I can’t get out. Please, help me get out of here.



(The hunter places his bow into the hole.  The rat gets out of the hole)



RAT: Thank you.  I would have died inside that hole.  You are a kind man, if some day you need my help, I will be there for you.



HUNTER: Ha, ha, ha, ha…How could you help me?.  You’re so small!.



RAT: We’ll see.



(The  rat leaves.  The hunter keeps walking.  He looks at the sky)



HUNTER: Oh, a storm is coming.  I have to find shelter.



(The hunter runs and finds a cave.  He enters and sits on the floor.  He takes out some food he has in a bag.  A big lion stands in front of him.  He tries to get his bow and arrow but he can’t find it)



HUNTER: Oh, good day, Mr. Lion.  Is this your cave?.  I didn’t mean to intrude. It’s raining, you know… but, oh… it’s not raining anymore, so if you could excuse me, I’ll just go home and….



LION: No!.  Stay here!.  Eat your food, and then I will eat you.



(They hear a loud voice)



RAT: Ha, ha, ha, ha  Oh, yes!.  The hunter will eat his food.  The lion will eat the hunter.  Then, I will eat the lion.



LION: Where are you?.



RAT: I am everywhere!.



LION: Who are you?.



RAT: Ha, ha, ha, ha  I am the terrible lion hunter.   Hurry up so that I can eat you.



LION: Well, right now I’m not very hungry.



(He runs away from the cave)



HUNTER: Who is this terrible lion hunter.?  Who could be so brave as to scare this fierceful lion?.



RAT: It’s me.



(The rat gets out from his hiding place)



LION: But… you’re just a small rat.  How could you make that terrible voice?.



RAT: I know I’m too small to fight a lion, but this cave has a wonderful echo, and it made my voice sound powerful.



HUNTER: Ha, ha, ha, ha, you’re smart.  Forgive me for not trusting you. Being small doesn’t mean you’re not intelligent and kind.






Author:  African Folktale



Adapted by:  K I D S I N C O


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