Written by Godfrey AKON

Short Stories April Fools

One evening in April, rumours of missing treasures filtered in from a wealthy king in a nearby town adjoining a hamlet where two poor friends lived. 

All night, the villagers stayed awake, discussing the missing treasures and wondering who may dare to search the rocky mountain where the treasures were supposedly buried. 

While they pondered on risking their lives for uncertain treasures, the two friends, determined to end their misery, set out for an adventure to find the treasures. 

Early the next morning, the town crier’s gong called everyone to the village square. The king from a nearby town had arrived with new information.

As soon as people arrived, the village Chief ordered a census of all men to ensure no one was missing.

Everyone was present. But the two friends were nowhere to be found. They had torn through the thick bushes and travelled some distance away from home before they heard the gong.

Two days after, they arrived at a large cave, midway the rocky mountain, dirty and famished. They made a stop at the spot and began to desperately comb the surrounding.

After long hours of searching, one noticed two rusty iron boxes projecting from an inner wall of the cave. He hurriedly reached for it, opened it but found only cockroaches inside.

Another reached for the next box, opened it and saw old bee hives. It became clear the boxes were abandoned by a bee farmer.

After roaming the mountain for days, the two friends finally returned without any treasures, and vowed never to take rumours seriously.

Meanwhile, the king, who had originated the rumours, had arrived from a nearby town and called a village square meeting, where he denounced his stories as April fool!

The wolf and the shepherds

This is one of the many Aesop’s fables that one can relate to in any day and age.

One day a wolf was chased away from a farm for trying to steal some of the sheep for food. Later that week, the wolf came back to the farm hoping to find some food. He peeped inside the house and found the farmer and his family feasting on lamb roast.

“Aha!” he thought. “If I were to do the same thing that the farmer and his family are doing now, I would be shunted and chased, or even killed for killing a weak, innocent lamb.”

Moral: We are quick to judge and condemn others for what they do, but see nothing wrong in doing so ourselves.

 

Riddles

1.       I am an object, I have a face and two hands but no arms or legs, who am I?

2.       Something belongs to me but people use it more than I do, what is it?

3.It can run but cannot walk, what is it?

4.       I have been around for many years, but do not last more than a month, who am I?

5.       I am an object, I have a neck but no head, who am I?

6.       There’s something I have that I can’t share it, if I share it, I can’t have it, what is it?

7.       How can I easily double my money?

1. A clock 2. My name 3. Bottle 4. Nose 5. Moon 6. Secret 7. By putting it before the mirror

 

 

Avoid playing with sharp objects

Sharp objects can cause bodily injuries and result in permanent disability. Avoid playing with any piece of metal or material that can pierce your body such as razor blades, scissors, knives, broken bottles, forks, cutlasses and others.

If you need any assistance, ask older people. Do not play with glass objects such as drinking glasses and bowls.

Ensure you do not get into the area where your parents keep household utensils. Also, do not try to pull off mirrors from the walls where they are securely attached.

Avoid touching tools, including those used for gardening, automotive, and lawn care. Report any sharp object you see to your parents, teacher or any older person near you.

Quiz

1.How many quarters make a whole?

2.How many halves make a whole?

3.What shape is a maths set?

4.What shape is a bicycle tyre?

5.What is the shape of a refined piece of sugar?

 

Answers

1. four 2. Two 3. Rectangular 4. Cycle 5. cube

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