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There was a little rabbit who had perfectly curved ears and the fluffiest, whitest scut his colony had ever seen. The elder favoured him, because someone with so beautiful attire could only have a beautiful soul, and the young adored him and wanted to win his benevolence.
One day, a female came to him and said:
"I found the last clover growing before the winter, just there, and I want to give it to you, because you are both equally beautiful."
The little rabbit followed her to the place she had indicated, and indeed there was the last clover, and it smelled delicious.
"Thank you," he said and nuzzled the female, who ran away then.
Looking at the clover, the rabbit said to himself:
'This clover is really just as beautiful as I am, and I will not eat it right away. There is still enough other food and this one deserves admiration.'
He settled down next to the clover and started eating the grass that grew around it.
Before night fell, the female came back to the spot where the clover grew and was amazed because it was still there.
"Why didn't you eat the clover?" she asked. "Do you not like it?"
"I like it," he replied, "so much, indeed, that I don't want to eat it now, but enjoy its delicious smell a little longer."
The female and some of the other younger rabbits around who heard his words admired him then for his restraint.
Thus, for the next days, the younger rabbits assembled around the clover, looked and smelled at it, and yearned for it, but they did not eat it.
"What is going on here?" asked one of the elder who had noticed their behaviour.
"We enjoy the existence of the last clover before winter," explained the little rabbit. "It is as beautiful as I am, and it deserves as much attention as I do."
"But its beauty will wither away, and then it won't be edible anymore. Look at it, it is already quite old. You should rather eat it now, as long as it is tasty."
The little rabbit shook his head. "Beauty never dies, and the clover will only die when I eat it tomorrow."
But when he and the others left their den in the morning the grass was glittering with ice, because in the night the first frost had come over the land. The clover had died in the cold and lay on the ground dry and dead.
Yes, I'm not a fan of the Aesopian style... It's still a fable, right? For the Fable Me This contest like stated above. :p

And what did you learn?

Listen to your elder.

Beauty dies, and plants do, too.

Don't keep what you want back, for it could be gone - or useless - one day.

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fllnthblnk Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:winner: Congratulations! :winner:

Your entry into the Fable Me This! Literature Contest has been awarded an Honorable Mention.

Thank you for entering and please check out this news article for the rest of the results!
GirlWithAHat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :glomp:
fllnthblnk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Wow! Successfully brings to mind quite a bit of Aesop, but with a slightly more advanced vocabulary. Excellent! Thanks so much also for including my image in your Morals text. I am honored to find it there :). Good luck with this your contest entry!
GirlWithAHat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
Mondsplitter Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So. The moral is that you should take every opportunity while it's still there. I know that there is saying which express something similar (at least for me).
Versuchungen sollte man nachgeben.
Wer weiß, ob sie wiederkommen. *
It's a good moral. I wish it would be easier to follow this path.
Maybe next week when I don't have to learn that much.

Reminds me about that girl at the pool yesterday. She was there as long as I was and she wore a bikini that had an almost nature-like green. :giggle:
Green bikini and green clover. Pretty easy and direct link for my mind. Normally there would be at least two more dots. :)


* One should give into temptations.
Who know's if they'll come back.
GirlWithAHat Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I had quite another moral in mind, but somehow my thoughts turned it around and into this, just to give you another chance to hurt me. :(
Mondsplitter Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I would never hurt you on purpose but you hurt me by suggesting just that. And I think you know that.
Just tell me if I should leave you alone. I could do that, I just don't want to because you're still very special to me.

What's the real moral?
GirlWithAHat Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I practically asked for you to hurt me when I posted that, so I knew what was coming... :shrug: And I don't think you did it on purpose.

I actually wanted to write a story about a boy who gets a shiny new toy car and decides not to use it for fear of breaking it.
Mondsplitter Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't see how you asked to be hurt but if you say so.

I would have understood the story if it were about a toy car. :blush: I try not to use my notebook too often because of that.
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