Leshii’s Little Promise

The great beasts of Caspia have not been seen in hundreds of years but they still often pop up in the lullabies for the children.

Here’s an example which is especially popular on the Isle of Flowers.

Leshii’s little Promise

“Across the saltiest sea, there was a rich land in which each of the great beasts roamed.  Leshii, the guardian of the woods, strolled through his forest. He was a great beast which to most forest creatures seemed like a walking tree that protected them from harm. All loved Leshii but the Wolf, who promised to eat pumpkins instead of piglets, squashes instead of squirrels and gourds instead of geese.

The Wolf didn’t like how he couldn’t eat the creatures of the forest and he concocted a wicked plan. He went to Leshii and would make him promise to get something for the Wolf which was only found at Hydra’s water at the other side of the rich land.

“Leshii, My stomach is so filled with squash and pumpkin that neither of those things fit right now. What I need is seaweed from the Hydra’s water. That only will fill my hungry belly.”

Leshii didn’t want the Wolf to not take as much food as he needed because Wolf became really annoying if he hadn’t eaten enough so Leshii crouched down and slowly nodded. “I promise dear Wolf, that I will get you the seaweed from the Hydra’s water.”

Walking as fast as he could with his long legs, Leshii set out to go to the Hydra’s water. He hadn’t seen her in a while and nothing could possibly go wrong while he was gone to fetch the seaweed. While the Leshii strolled through the mountains and passed the volcano, he had a quick talk with Phoenix. While he talked, Wolf ate all the squirrels of the forest instead of the squash, breaking his promise.

While Leshii strolled through the mountains and passed the volcano, he had a quick talk with Phoenix. While Leshii talked, Wolf ate all the squirrels of the forest instead of the squash, breaking his promise.

While Leshii strolled to the long field with the open sky, he had a flying race with Pegasus who won because she had wings and Leshii didn’t. While Leshii tried to fly, Wolf ate all the piglets instead of the pumpkins, breaking his promise again.

Finally, Leshii came to the Hydra and her salty waters where he asked Hydra nicely for a bit of her seaweed. Hydra gave it because Leshii promised it to the ever hungry Wolf and Hydra also knew wolf could become really annoying if he wasn’t fed just enough. While Leshii bargained, Wolf ate all the geese instead of the gourds, breaking his promise.

Leshii tucked the seaweed under his long arms and made haste back to the forest to show Wolf he had kept the promise he had made. Wolf had eaten his belly round and was lay on a trunk when Leshii came with the seaweed.

Wolf groaned and looked at the seaweed. “Thank you Leshii, that is just what I needed to fill my stomach.”  Wolf was lying though; his stomach was already filled to the brim.

Leshii gave Wolf the seaweed with a smile and Wolf reluctantly swallowed.  His eyes widened, his breathing stalled and he clutched his stomach. Wolf had broken his promise three times and his stomach was too full to fit the seaweed he had asked for. His belly ripped open.

Wolf died and all the animals were set free because Leshii kept his promise.”

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The moral of this story is: Keep your promises and good things will happen; don’t and bad things will occur.

 

 

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