Today's short story is a fable. Yesterday, I worked on revisions for a short story that's been in process for awhile, so today's Local Story Writing Month offering is brief.
One Saturday morning, a father took his young daughter to the library to look for some books. However, the father only wanted books with clearly defined morals. “There are many wonderful picture-books I can recommend that have the life-lessons presented naturally within the stories.”
“No,” said the father. “I only want stories with clear morals. I don’t want my daughter getting any wishy-washy ideas about relative values.”
The librarian showed the father books of Aesops fables, and the father was pleased. He went home that night, and read to his daughter the story of the boy who cried wolf. His daughter laughed and called out, “Wolf! Wolf!”
“No,” the father said, impatiently. “The story teaches you not to cry wolf.”
“Wolf, wolf!” the daughter sang, and crawled away to play with her toys.
Moral: Listen to your librarian.