A Lease on Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Just because you are intelligent, doesn't mean you're smart.

Submitted: April 06, 2014

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In a kingdom far away, named Magar, there lived a wise and beloved king.  His subjects loved him very much and when he fell very ill, they gathered the top physicians at the castle and allowed them to examine the bedridden king.

After two months of testing and other forms of diagnosis, they had to admit (albeit to themselves) that they had met with failure.  They couldn’t come up with what was ailing the king.  As he grew steadily worse and worse, they sent out the word for more assistance to try and find out what was happening.

Deep in the forest, a wizened old man, bent and gnarled by time, heard of the situation developing at the castle and packed up his medicinal herbs, roots, dried fruits, and bottled potions and headed down the twisted path to the village.

When he arrived, the physicians took one look at this man, who dressed poorly and even smelled badly, and denied him admittance to the king’s chambers.  But, he prevailed, telling them he may have just the thing the king needed to cure his malady.

They were all skeptical, but finally allowed him to pass.  He limped into the vast room, peered down at the stricken king for a moment, made a few humming sounds, and then reached into his pouch, pulling out several dried fruits.  Gently opening the king’s lips, he laid a dried, shriveled grape on the king’s tongue.

Within seconds, the king’s eyes fluttered open and he began to look around the room.  The physicians crowded around his bed, gasping in amazement that this old man could do what they had collective failed to do.  The king sat up and demanded something to eat, saying he was extremely hungry.

While servants brought in modest dishes of food and began feeding the king, the physicians drew the old hermit aside, demanding to know what it was he had done to the king.

“Well, it is common knowledge that everyone needs a raisin to live.”

 


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