CW3: The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox

The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox

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The Lion is generally understood to be King of the Animal Kingdom by man and beast alike.  But not many humans realize how hotly the beasts contend the position of Judge.  All of the animals agree that one from among their number must judge and settle their differences; but each creature fiercely believes that no one can perform the duty so well as himself.  So, while the Crown remains in the Lion family generation after generation, the Gavel changes hands nearly every year.

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Several years ago, at which time the Wolf acted as Judge, a pretty young Hen and a sleek, copper-coated Fox came to court with a complaint.  The Wolf did not seem pleased by the interruption to his copious dinner, but after exchanging a meaningful glance with the Fox, he agreed to try the case.

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“Judge Wolf,” said the Hen, displaying a basket full of broken egg-shells, “this Fox crept into my roost last night and ate up all my eggs.  He would have eaten me, had I not flown up to the rafters where he could not reach me.”

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Eyeing the Hen and her basket keenly, the Wolf queried, “What do you ask of me, Hen?”

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“Justice, Judge Wolf,” the Hen replied, with a pretty air of dignity.

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“And how do you defend yourself, Fox?” continued the Wolf.

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The Fox spread his paws wide in a gesture of injured innocence.  “I am not guilty!”

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As he did so, the sharp-eyed Hen spied a bit of eggshell on the Fox’s black glove, and a dribble of yolk on the Fox’s coppery jacket.  She pointed these out to the Wolf, and pleaded that the Fox might make restitution for the eggs he had so obviously stolen.  Before the Hen finished speaking, however, the Wolf pounced upon her and, with the help of the Fox, ate her up.

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Some time later, the Lion King heard of the hapless Hen’s fate from a young Fawn who had witnessed the gory ordeal.  The Lion, angered by the Wolf’s faithlessness to his trust, disguised himself as a sick, weak old cat, and went to see the Wolf.  He found the treacherous Judge sitting down to lunch with his foxy associate.  Feigning timidity, the Lion came forth to plead his case.

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“Judge Wolf,” quavered the Lion piteously, “my home has been stolen from me by this wicked Fox.  Please restore it to me that I might live out my days in peace.”

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The Wolf looked over at the Fox with a slow wink.  “What do you have to say for yourself, Fox?” he asked, his fangs just visible behind an evil leer.

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“I am not guilty,” declared the Fox as before, licking his lips in anticipation; but this time, when the Wolf pounced, the Lion was ready.  The fight did not last long.  Catching the Wolf in one great paw, the Fox in the other, the Lion shook out his mane with a roar of righteous wrath.  And with one broad sweep of his heavy paws, the Lion King executed the wicked Judge and his wicked accomplice.

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And so it was that, yet again, the office of Judge lay open for the animals to bicker over.

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To show partiality to the wicked is not good, nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

~carreen a

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One Comment Add yours

  1. skowronskie says:

    Great job Carreen! I loved the way you did this, it felt like it could actually happen. Well done!

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