Short Stories

A Just-So Story

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Hi ladies! Today I am posting a Just-So story I wrote for composition class. Enjoy!

How the Elephant Got Its Trunk

Elephants used to be tall, thin, and without a trunk. They remained tall, but because of a certain elephant, elephants are now rotund and have trunks. The elephant I speak of lived in the faraway land of Panoramabolica. This elephant’s name was Tilbitambia- Gorgetarambia- Bonetalambia (animals back then had very long names, my dear), but because it is long to say, I will shorten his name to Tilbit. Now, it was a known fact back then that elephants love mango upside down cake. Unfortunately for them, elephants do not cook. The only way elephants can get their cake is by trading with or working for animals that know how to make it, such as parrots, monkeys, and lizards.

Now Tilbit loved mango upside down cake even more than the average elephant. He would work for hours just to have one bite. And when he got some, he would gobble it up before you could blink, he was so ‘rendously rapacious. He often had so much cake that the other elephants would ask him to share. The answer was, of course, no. One day, a wise old god came up with a plan to punish Tilbit, who was ‘rendously rapacious. He paid the monkeys, parrots, and lizards to make him a million mango upside down cakes. After they were done, he went to Tilbit.

“Tilbit, my friend, I have a million mango upside down cakes that I just cannot possibly eat. I know you love cake, so will you please take them?” he asked.

Tilbit’s eyes bulged, and he began quivering with excitement at the thought of the feast he would have.

“Yes, my lord! I certainly will!” Tilbit cried excitedly.

And so he did. He gobbled those cakes in a matter of minutes. He ate every one, and finally when he had finished, he was so large he could barely get up. The god came back to the sad, astonished Tilbit and said:

“Tilbit, do you see where your greed has gotten you? Now you can never bend down to drink or eat cakes again. However, because I am merciful, I will give you a trunk with which to grab food and drink water. I hope you have learned your lesson.”

And Tilbit went on his way, and he was never so ‘rendously rapacious again. He had indeed learned his lesson, although he was never as handsome as he was before.

THE END

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