An Embellished Tale
“Tell us a story Granny,” the children clamored.
“Hmm, okay. Long ago, a learned sadhu lived in the jungle. People came from near and far away villages to hear him speak of religion and spirituality.”
“Granny…” Lily whined but Molly shushed her.
“One day, Nag, the snake heard the Sadhu’s talk on brotherly love and nonviolence. Moved, Nag vowed to renounce his deadly habit.”
“Oh!” exclaimed Lilly.
“Slowly the villagers got to know of Nag’s saintly nature. They teased and provoked him with sticks and stones.”
“The half-dead Nag accused the Sadhu of teaching wrong things.”
“What did the Sadhu say?”
“I told you to shun violence but did I tell you not to raise your hood?”
“Then?” Molly prodded.
“Nag began to hiss. Scared, the villagers avoided him. Sadhu and Nag became friends and they lived happily ever after.”
Granny twinkled and pointed to the photo on the wall.
A/N: This is one of my favorite childhood tales – I just embellished it to fit the photo which was irresistible and mesmerizing. If you look carefully, the right one is Nag and the left one is the monk with his staff 😉
Written for What Pegman Saw – a story in 150 words or less. Thanks to K. Rawson for hosting the challenge and Google Maps for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.