The Jester and the Elf
Submitted by: AugustW
The funniest man in the land learns the importance of being humble and not bragging.
The king's jester was the funniest man in all the land—and he knew it. When he wasn't being funny, he bragged about being funny. When he wasn't making jokes, he joked about how funny he was. The king's jester was also the proudest man in all the land.
One day, while he was writing a letter to his mom about how funny he was, an elf with pointy ears and a red dress appeared on his the desk magically out of nowhere. She put her hands on her hips and smiled at him.
"I have heard," said the elf, "that you are very clever and very funny."
"Yes I am. Very funny," the jester replied.
"If you're so clever, you'll easily solve my three tricks and get a wish. If you don't, I get to lock you away in my kingdom forever."
The jester thought that nothing in the world would be easier, so he said yes.
First, the elf brought him to a river where there were many, many crocodiles. "Get across the river," she said, and flew to the other side.
The jester told a joke about alligators, and all the crocodiles laughed and laughed and made a bridge of their backs so the jester could cross the river.
Next, the elf brought him to a room with three princesses. "One princess is real and the other two are ogres in disguise. Choose the right princess."
The jester told a joke about goats and two of the princesses laughed and laughed. He pointed at the princess who wasn't laughing. "She's the real one," he said, and he was right.
Finally, the fairy brought him to a mirror. "Look into the mirror," she said, "and say the truest thing you know."
The jester thought very hard. He wanted to say that he was the funniest man in all the land—but that would be bragging, and might not be true after all.
"You are the most magical fairy in all the land," the jester said slyly.
The fairy smiled and drew closer. "Yes," she said, "I am. The most magical."
The mirror became a mouth that opened wide and swallowed the fairy in one gulp. It burped one word: "Pride."
From that day forward, the jester tried to be more humble, because humility is a strength too.