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The hare and the tortoise

by Gabriel Sampallo Saez

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THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE
‘LOOK AT ME!’ SAYS THE HARE TO THE OTHER ANIMALS. ‘I CAN RUN VERY FAST.’

THE HARE RUNS VERY FAST ACROSS A FIELD. ALL THE ANIMALS AGREE THAT THE HARE CAN RUN VERY FAST.

THE HARE RUNS BACK. ‘SEE,’ HE SHOUTS. ‘I’M NOT EVEN OUT OF BREATH.’

‘YEAH, THE HARE IS VERY FAST,’ SAYS THE FOX.

‘SO WHO WANTS A RACE?’ SAYS THE HARE. ‘DOES ANYBODY THINK THEY COULD BEAT ME?’

NOBODY ANSWERS.
'LOOK AT ME! I CAN RUN VERY FAST.'
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‘I WANT TO TRY,’ SAYS THE TORTOISE.

THE HARE LAUGHS. ‘YOU? BUT YOU ARE THE SLOWEST CREATURE IN THE WHOLE WORLD. I DON'T WANT TO WASTE MY TIME WITH YOU.’

‘WHAT’S THE MATTER?’ SAYS THE TORTOISE. ‘ARE YOU SCARED?’

SOME OF THE ANIMALS LAUGH AT THAT, SO THE HARE SAYS, ‘ALRIGHT THEN, TORTOISE. LET’S HAVE A RACE!'

NEXT MORNING THE TORTOISE DOES SOME TRAINING EXERCISES TO WARM HIMSELF UP.

‘TORTOISE, ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS?’ SAYS THE FOX. ‘I MEAN THE HARE CAN RUN VERY FAST AND YOU...WELL… YOU CAN’T’

‘DON’T WORRY,’ SAYS THE TORTOISE.
ON THE DAY OF THE RACE CROWDS OF ANIMALS COME TO WATCH.
THE TORTOISE SLOWLY MAKES HIS WAY TO THE STARTING LINE AND SUDDENLY... THE HARE ARRIVES AT TOP SPEED AND HE IS WEARING A BRAND NEW TRACK SUIT AND EXPENSIVE TRAINERS.

THE FOX POINTS TO A LINE ON THE GROUND AND SAYS ‘THE RACE STARTS HERE.’ THEN HE POINTS TO A TREE. ‘AND IT ENDS AT THAT TREE. THE FIRST ONE TO TOUCH THE TREE IS THE WINNER.’

'ARE YOU READY, TORTOISE?' ASKS THE HARE.
'I'M READY' ANSWERS THE TORTOISE.
‘READY, STEADY... GO!’ SAYS THE FOX AND THE RACE BEGINS.

THE HARE RUNS VERY FAST, AS FAST AS HE CAN BUT SOME MOMENTS LATER WHEN HE IS FAR FROM THE STARTING LINE HE STOPS AND LOOKS BACK. HE CAN SEE THAT THE TORTOISE RUNS VERY SLOWLY. THE TORTOISE IS STILL VERY NEAR THE STARTING LINE.

THE HARE RUNS BACK TO THE TORTOISE AND SAYS 'YOU CAN START RUNNING, YOU KNOW'
'YES, I KNOW' SAYS THE TORTOISE.
‘LOOK,’ SAYS THE HARE. 'I WANT TO HAVE A REST. YOU RUN SO SLOWLY THAT I CAN WIN THE RACE EVEN AFTER A NAP. I CAN WIN THE RACE WHEN I WAKE UP.'

THE HARE LAYS DOWN ON THE GROUND AND FALLS ASLEEP. MEANWHILE, THE TORTOISE KEEPS RUNNING. HE RUNS SLOWLY BUT STEADILY ACROSS THE FIELD.

BY EVENING TIME THE TORTOISE IS NEAR THE FINISHING TREE AND THE HARE KEEPS SLEEPING. THE OTHER ANIMALS START TO GET EXCITED.

AS THE TORTOISE GETS CLOSE TO THE FINISHING TREE THEY START TO CHEER. 'COME ON, TORTOISE! NEARLY THERE, KEEP GOING!'

THE NOISE OF THE CHEERING CROWD WAKES UP THE HARE. HE LOOKS ACROSS THE FIELD, SEES THE TORTOISE ABOUT TO REACH THE FINISHING TREE AND IN A FLASH HE STARTS RUNNING AGAIN.
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