The Race

Submitted by IN SEINE

Friday, 5 February 2010

We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. Through sloth and laziness and sheer disrespect, the hare was late at the finish. The forest creatures generally considered this to be a fluke, but they made a promise to themselves never to be caught this way again.

It came to pass that the tortoise once more found himself in a challenge match, but this time with an even more formidable opponent: the Stag, the unquestioned King of the Forest.

The tortoise moved out at his usual pace. The deer was out of shape, not having competed seriously for several years, but he remembered the lesson of the rabbit and vowed not to make the same mistake.

Consequently, the majestic animal pushed himself as hard as he could, eating up the distance with great leaps as only a stag in a hurry can do. In truth, he strove too hard, and as he neared the finish line, his old ticker quit. He died valiantly, yet another loser in the race with the turtle. Yes, another victim of hart failure.


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