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  • Once upon a time there was a hare

  • who

  • boasting he can run faster than any one else

  • is forever teasing tortoise

  • for his slowness

  • then, one day

  • the irate tortoise answered back

  • who do you think you are?

  • there's no denying you are swift

  • but even you can be beaten!

  • the hare squealed with laughter!!

  • beaten in a race ? by whom ?

  • not you surely

  • I bet there is nobody in the world that can win against me, I am so speedy...

  • now why don't you try?

  • annoyed by such bragging,the tortoise accepted the challenge

  • a course is planned, and the next day at dawn, they stood at starting line.

  • the hare yawned sleepily, as the meek tortoise tried to slowly off

  • when the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was

  • he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have quick nap.

  • "take your time" he said..

  • I will have forty winks and catch up with you in minute.

  • the hare woke with a start from fitful sleep

  • and gazed around, looking for the tortoise

  • but the creature is only a short distance away

  • having barely covered the third of the course.

  • waiting aside, relieved. The hare decides, he might as well have his breakfast too..

  • and off he went to munch some cabbages he noticed in a near by field

  • but the heavy meal and hot sun made his eye lashes droop

  • with a careless glance of the tortoise, now half way along the course

  • he decided to have another snooze

  • before flashing past the winning post..

  • and smiling at the thought of the look on tortoise's face

  • when it saw the hare speed by, he fell asleep

  • and was soon snoring happily

  • the sun started to sink below the horizon

  • and the tortoise, who have been plotting towards the winning post since morning

  • now scarcely a yard from the finish

  • at that very point the hare woke with a jolt

  • he could see the tortoise a speck in a distance

  • and away he rashed

  • he left and bounded at a great rate

  • his tongue longing and gasping for breath

  • just a little more and he be first at the finish

  • but the hare's last leap was just too late.

  • The tortoise had beaten him to the winning post

  • poor hare

  • tired and in disgrace

  • he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him..

  • "slow and steady does it every time" he said

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    蔡芝蘭 posted on 2015/02/04
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