BeeOasis Step 2
The forest was quiet. The afternoon sun was hot, but the trees kept the forest cool. Birds were
singing in the trees. But then they stopped. They heard two big sounds. The first was the sound
of a man running. The second was the sound of men on horses coming after him.
The man went behind a large tree to rest. “It’s no use,” he said to himself. “They are going to
catch me again.”
Just then, three men came on their horses. One of them said, “Slave! You cannot run away. Your
master owns you!”
The Slave looked up and held out his hands. “Take me,” he said. But the man on the horse didn’t
take the Slave’s hands. He hit him on the head with a stick, and the Slave fell to the ground.
The next day, the Slave was brought before his owner. His hands and feet were tied. The owner
walked over and hit the Slave in the face. “Why did you leave my house? Don’t you understand? I
It was true. The owner bought the Slave and his family for a price. But then the owner sold the
Slave’s wife and son to another man. The Slave only wanted to find his family, but the
owner thought nothing of it.
“I am sorry, my owner. I only wanted to see my family,” said the Slave.
“You have no family!” said the owner. “You are nothing but property for me, a thing my business.
I’d pay more for a horse than for you. Because you tried to run away, you will work! You will work
twice as much as the others. And you will receive no food for two days.”
“Yes, sir,” said the Slave. Then he walked into the fields to work for the bad man.
But that night, the Slave ran away again. This time he ran into the desert. He walked about
looking for food and a place to sleep. Finally, he came to a cave, a room in the side of a
mountain. He entered it and found no one inside. But he did not know that the cave was taken. It
was the home of a Lion. The Slave sat down to rest his legs, and then the Lion appeared.
Note: This story is based on Vernon Jones’s translation of Aesop’s Fables.
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