FC: The Survival of the Tree and the Deer in the Forest
1: In the beginning of time, there was a forest filled with numerous, exuberant trees. In the center of the forest grew the biggest tree of all. This tree was known as the Father Tree, and it had the most luscious and juicy bark of all the trees in the forest. One day a new kind of animal known as the deer entered the forest.
2: The deer ate continuously and never seemed to be full. One day the deer became so hungry it ate two full trees for breakfast alone. "These dry and stale trees do not satisfy me anymore," bellowed the deer. So the great beast ventured deeper and deeper into the forest.
3: The Father Tree was enraged with the deer because it devoured many of the trees in the forest. The Father Tree was also concerned because he knew the deer would find him and eat his leaves and branches since he was the biggest, most healthy tree in the whole forest.
4: The Father Tree exclaimed to his messenger, "Stop that deer with whatever it takes, for if the deer reaches me the forest will be finished." The forest tried to block the way of the deer however they could. Some cut themselves down and laid themselves down in the path of the deer while others gathered in a horizontal line in the deer's path.
5: Some even tried to attack the deer with their branches. However, the deer prevailed and ate them all. The Father Tree received word of the happenings and could not figure out what to do. The Father Tree sent blockade after blockade, but still the deer prevailed. This happened for four grueling days. During this whole time, the Father Tree tried to think of a plan to stop the great beast.
6: He knew he had to think of something fast because his beloved trees were being destroyed. Then, one day a thought occurred to the great Father Tree. He said, "What if we make a deal with the great beast?" Next, the Father Tree called to his messenger and said, "Let the great beast come to me." When the deer came to the Father Tree, the Father Tree tried to reason with the great beast. Father Tree asked, "Why do you wish to lay waste to this forest?" The deer responded, "I am hungry, and i will not stop until I am satisfied."
7: "I will give you food if you stop eating my friends and family. I can provide you with something to eat that will satisfy you forever," reasoned the Father Tree. "I will accept the deal, only of if the food you speak of satisfies me," the deer explained. Suddenly, red dots sprang up all over the branches of the great tree.
8: "This is called an apple, and you can eat these from my branches for as long as you live. They are filling and scrumptious," said the Father Tree. The deer enjoyed the delicious apples and was filled with delight. He winked at the Father Tree and said, "You have a deal." That is why to this day, deer roam the woods looking for apple trees to feast upon instead of feasting upon and destroying gorgeous trees.
9: Written by: Hayden Hussey 6th period reading Completed on 2-28-10