Story Corner:The mighty sword

Once upon a time, a mighty sword belonged to a King. One day a great misunderstanding broke out between this King and the neighbouring ruler. It ended with both declaring war.

Once upon a time, a mighty sword belonged to a King. One day a great misunderstanding broke out between this King and the neighbouring ruler. It ended with both declaring war.

The sword was excited at the prospect of taking part in its first battle. It would show everyone how truly brave and special it was, and would become renowned throughout the kingdom.

However, when they arrived, the first battle had already taken place, and the sword got to see the results of war. What it saw had nothing in common with what the sword had imagined, instead, all the sword saw was broken weapons, and hordes of hungry and thirsty men.

At this sight, the sword realised it liked neither wars nor battles. Therefore, on the night before the big final battle, the sword tried to prevent the battle from taking place. After a while, the sword started to vibrate.

First, it gave out a low buzz, but this gradually got louder, until it became an annoying metallic noise. The swords and armour of the other soldiers asked the King’s sword what it was doing. It told them ”I don’t want there to be a battle tomorrow. I don’t like war”.

One answered, ”No one likes it, but what can we do?”

”Make yourself vibrate, just like I’m doing”, said the King’s sword. ”If we make enough noise no one will sleep.”

So the weapons started vibrating, and the noise became noisy. It was so loud that it reached the enemy camp, and the weapons there, who were equally sick of the war, joined the protest.

The next morning, when the battle should have begun, not a single soldier was ready to fight. No one had managed to get even a wink of sleep, not even the Kings or the Generals. So they spent the whole day catching up on sleep. During the evening they started to wake up, and decided to put off the battle for the next day.

The mighty sword managed to prevent the war and everyone was happy.

 

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