Skip to main content

Catherine Pelley

A new ending to The Lion and The Mouse

3 min read

 

Original story:

A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion's nose. Roused from his nap, the Lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.

"Spare me!" begged the poor Mouse. "Please let me go and some day I will surely repay you."

The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.

Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the Lion was caught in the toils of a hunter's net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The Mouse knew the voice and quickly found the Lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she gnawed it until it parted, and soon the Lion was free.

"You laughed when I said I would repay you," said the Mouse. "Now you see that even a Mouse can help a Lion."

A kindness is never wasted.

My version:

 

A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion's nose. Roused from his nap, the Lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.

"Spare me!" begged the poor Mouse. "Please let me go and some day I will surely repay you."

The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.

Some days later, the Mouse heard hepless sqeaking in the distance. He ran as fast as his little legs could carry him. The sqeaking got closer and closer. The Mouse soon found the Lion dangling a poor mouse by his tail.

"Put him down!" cried the Mouse.  

"I let you go, but I need to eat!" explained the Lion.

Thinking quickley, the Mouse ran to the Lion's den where he found is sleeping cub. He convinced the cub to play a game with him where he was the boss and the cub was the student. The cub loved games so he agreed to play along. The Mouse brought the cub back to the Lion and told him that if he ate the mouse than he would have to hurt the Lion's cub. As hungry as the Lion was, he could not bare to think of his precious cub being hurt. He put the mouse down and agreed never to eat any of the Mouse's relatives. The two mice went running off happily together and the Lion and his cub went off to look for something different to eat for lunch. 

Moral of the story: Never underestimate the power of someone smaller than you. Just because you think you are more powerful than someone else does not make it true.