Thursday, April 23, 2015


"And that's how I defeated the swift rabbit in the race," the Tortoise narrated his tale of victory to the youngsters gathered around him.

"Why not anymore? Ha ha. Stop resting on your past laurels," everyone laughed at him, and the crowd dispersed.

The Tortoise was hurt. His reputation was at stake. He knew he wouldn't win against the rabbit anymore, as the latter may not make the same mistake of falling asleep during the race. He had another idea, and went to the rabbit.

"What will you take to lose?" he asked the rabbit.

The match was fixed.

This 99 word fiction is shared with Blogging from A to Z April Challenge - T.


  1. Twist in tale! Interesting :)

  2. Hahaha, so apt for today's world :)

  3. Interesting story and nice twist :)

  4. Ha, some folks will do anything to win and stay relevant, even match fixing!

  5. hahahahahahaha! superb
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  6. Pardon my inquisitiveness, but why would the rabbit want to face defeat twice?

    I do like and appreciate the twist. But do understand :

    Old story : Slow and steady wins the race.
    This story : Cheat and win the race.
    Not a good lesson at all, don't you think ?

    Yes, it is just a story.
    So was the old one.

    1. Yes, just a story, but doesn't it happen in real too?

  7. Your last line is always the best :)

  8. Ahan :D
    Tortoise seems to have a good knowledge about Indian political tactics!

  9. haha! What a nice twist to the legendary story:)

  10. A brilliant twist on the timeless Aesop Classic which by the way happens to still be one of my favorites! I even have a collection of Aesop's Fables which include the tortoise and the hare, the mouse and the Lion and the fox and the grapes! Well done Amrit!! Brilliant take!

  11. You really made me smile with this one, and I needed a smile today. Thanks, Amrit.