(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 approaching… 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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