The Hairy Boy

FOLKLORE FROM SWITZERLAND - A long time ago, there lived a young king who loved hunting. He could spend days in the jungle to hunt the animals. The king did not go hunting alone. His soldiers and some dogs always accompanied him.
It was a beautiful day. The king was getting ready to go hunting. He prepared his weapons.His soldiers also brought their guns filled with some bullets.
The king arrived in the jungle. Suddenly, his dogs were barking at a big tree. It had a big hollow. The king carefully checked what was inside the tree. He was so surprised! He found a very beautiful girl! “Who are you? What are you doing here?“ asked the girl.
She said, “This tree is my home. I live here. I don't have any parents.“
The king felt sorry for her. He brought her to the palace.
Time passed by and the king fell in love with her. He finally got married with her. Unfortunately, the king's mother secretly hated the girl.She actually did not want her son to marry the girl. However she could not say it to her son.
After they got married, the king continued his hobby to go hunting. At the time, the girl was pregnant. The king's mother was getting angry with her. She planned to do something bad.
The girl delivered a healthy baby boy. The king's mother silently poisoned the baby. She gave some food that made the baby grew lots of hair in a l l over his body.
When the king came home, the king's mother said, “Your wife has given birth to an animal.Look, the body is full with hair!“ The king was angry and shamed. He asked his wife and the baby to leave the palace.
The king's wife was so sad. She did not know where to go. She finally brought her baby to the hollow tree in the jungle.
Slowly, the son grew as a young and strong boy. Amazingly, he was very strong and had lots of power.
The hairy boy one day asked his mother about his father.
“Your father is the king, but don't you ever go to the palace to meet him. He hates us!“ “But I want really want to see him, Mother.Please let me go there,“ begged the hairy boy.
The hairy boy's mother did not have the heart to see her beloved son begging. She finally let him go to the palace.
When he arrived at the palace, the hairy boy immediately met the king. He said, “Your Majesty, I'm your son!“ The king was shocked. He thought his hairy son had died in the jungle. Sadly, the king did not want to accept him as his son. He even asked him to leave.
“No, you're not my son! Go away and leave this palace!“ “All right, I will leave now but I will be back tomorrow,“ replied the hairy boy.
After the hairy boy left, the king ordered his soldiers. “Follow him, then shoot him in the jungle!“ The soldiers carefully followed the hairy boy.
When he was in the jung le, the soldiers shot the hairy boy! Surprisingly, the hairy boy did not die! He plucked the bullets from his body and threw them to the soldiers. Those soldiers were dead! The hairy boy returned to the palace. The king was so upset. He thought the soldiers had killed him. “They failed to kill him,“ thought the king.
He grabbed his gun and shot the hairy boy. Again, the boy easily plucked the bullet and threw it to the king. He instantly died! Meanwhile, the king's mother saw the whole incident. She was so scared. She said, “Please don't kill me. I have the cure to remove your hair in your body.“
She gave the cure to the hairy boy. Amazingly, all the hair was slowly gone. Well, his power and strength was also gone. Since the king had died, the boy then became the king. He and his mother lived happily. Media Indonesia, 24/08/2014, halaman 20

The Turtle that Could not Stop Talking

ONCE upon a time, there lived a turtle with two swans in a pond. They were best friends. They always helped each other.
Well, there was something that the swans did not like about the turtle. She loved to talk. When the turtle was talking, no one could stop her. The swans actually hated this turtle's bad behavior.
They had suggested the turtle to speak less. Unfortunately, the turtle could not change it. She still talked and talked.
It was drought season. Rains had not fallen for months. Slowly the pond dried. The swans and the turtle were restless. The pond was their home and also their place to eat. They had to find a new place.
“What should we do?“ asked the turtle.
“We cannot stay here. You can see that the pond has dried. We cannot live here any longer,“ said one swan.
The turtle and the swans were silent.
They did not know what to do. Suddenly, one swan had an idea.
“I will fly and look for a new place for us to live. After I find it, I will come back as soon as possible,“ said the swan.
The turtle and the other swan agreed.
Soon, the swan flew and left them.
Several days later, the swan came back with good news.
“I found it! I found a new place to live.
The pond is beautiful,“ said the swan.
The turtle and the other swan were completely happy.
“That's wonderful! Let's go there now!“ said the turtle cheerfully.
The swan looked sad. “The problem is that the place is very far from here.
We can fly to go there, but what about you?“ “I can walk,“ responded the turtle.
“The place is too far for you to walk. I don't think you can make it. You will be very tired before you get there,“ said the swan.
The other swan said. “I have an idea.
You can join us. You will fly with us.“
“How?“ asked the turtle. She looked confused.
“Each of us will hold one end of a long stick. You must hold onto the middle of it with your beak and never let it go.
You must not talk while we are carrying you! If you open your mouth, you'll fall to the ground.“
The turtle understood. Later the swans grabbed a long stick. They each held the end of the stick and later the turtle bit the stick with her beak.
Slowly the swans flew. At first the turtle was scared. However she began to enjoy it. She was so amazed to see everything from the sky.
She wanted to say something but she remembered what the swans said. She must not open her mouth otherwise she would fall to the ground.
The swans were flying above a village.
Some people were surprised to see a flying turtle.
“Hey look! The turtle is flying!“ More and more people were looking and pointing their fingers.
The turtle saw what the villagers were doing. She was thinking to herself, “Why don't they mind their own business?“ Well, the turtle could not stand it any longer. She yelled, “Shut up!“ The moment she opened her mouth, the turtle fell down to the ground. She landed on her back, and her shell cracked into a thousand pieces.
People then talked about it. They then learned something from the incident.
Keeping our mouth shut can save our lives. Media Indonesia, 3 Agustus 2014, Halaman 19

Why Dog and Cat are Enemies

A long time ago, there lived a husband and his wife.
They were rich. They lived in a big house. What did they do so they became very rich? Well, the family had a golden ring. It was a magic ring. Whoever had the ring, they would become very rich.
The family had a dog and a cat. It was the time when dogs and cats were best friends. They never had arguments and always helped each other.

One night, a thief came to the house. He stole the magic ring! The family was sad. They knew slowly they would be poor.
Well, it finally happened. They became poor.

They no longer had happy lives. They even did not have enough food.
The dog and the cat were sad to see their masters' condition.
“We have to help our masters. They are very kind to us. Now it's time to pay back,“ said the dog.
“I agree. We have to help our masters find the magic ring,“ replied the cat.
The dog and the cat started to find the magic ring. They asked other animals if they had heard about the ring.
They asked a mouse. He answered, “Yes, I've heard about the ring. Unfortunately it is kept in a house across the river.“
“Can you show it us?“ asked the cat.

“Yes, I can. But I cannot cross the river. The current is too strong,“ said the mouse.
The dog answered, “Don't worry. I will help you both.“
The cat was not able to swim while the dog was a good swimmer. So, the dog took them on his back and slowly started to swim.
They found the house! The thief kept the ring in a drawer. It was too small for the dog and the cat to reach the ring. Well, it was only the mouse that could do the job.
He got it! They carefully left the house and went back home. Again, the dog took the cat and the mouse on his back and started to swim.

When they arrived at the other side of the river, the dog was very tired. He said to the cat, “You go now and give this ring to our masters. I want to get some rest. I'm too tired to walk.“
The cat nodded. He immediately ran to their masters' house. The family was so excited when they saw their golden ring.
“You're very clever. Thank you very much,“ said the husband.
The wife gave the cat some food.
“Here, eat this food. You must be hungry after going to find this ring.“
The cat immediately ate it. Yes, he was terribly hungry.
While the cat was enjoying his food, the dog finally came home. He was also hungry. He asked, “Can you share your food?“ Before the cat answered, the husband yelled.

“Hey, don't disturb the cat. The food is his reward after finding this ring. Go now!“ They beat and scolded the dog. The dog grew angry at the cat, because the cat had stolen his reward. The dog chased and tried to bite him.
Since then dogs and cats are enemies. - Media Indonesia, 20 Juli 2014, Halaman 20