Story 5 – Why The Cock Has No Teeth
Why The Cock Has No Teeth
Vigilance in Gaming
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Once upon a time, Mr. Cock and Mr. Rat were great friends. They jointly cultivated a farm and planted lots of groundnuts (peanuts). They did all the farm work together and during the harvesting season, they both went to their farm, harvested some of the groundnuts, and took them home.
They planned to have a groundnut party to celebrate their success during dinner. In the evening they boiled some of the fresh groundnuts and sat near the fireplace eating. Mr. Rat proposed that they should start the “groundnut game”. This game is played by throwing and catching grains of groundnuts over the fire. It was a fun game with a lot of fun. The rule of the game was that failure to catch a grain means giving five grains to the other person. The throwing and catching went on smoothly for about ten minutes. By then Mr. Rat had had four failures and Mr. Cock only one. This entails Mr. Rat had given twenty grains of groundnuts to Mr. Cock already and had received only five.
Mr. Cock, very much intended to maintain his position in the game, thus doing all he could to make sure he catches all the throws. He would jump up, tumble, sway left and right, and even roll just to catch a grain. He would exclaim, “Oh, I got it. Here you go! Ha, I nearly missed it!” He also screams and laughs joyfully in some moments with his golden-colored little but very strong teeth lined right in there with his tongue in between them. He had such a red-looking mouth with a long beak that was widely opened when he laughed. You could see his teeth lined up, golden-white like soldiers on a war front. It was truly fun for Mr. Cock.
Likewise, however, Mr. Rat was almost feeling tired already due to his inability to cover the gap between them in the game. Even so, he would not give up. He was still having fun hoping to make up and beat his opponent in a short while God is his helper. He decided to put more vigor and be livelier and smarter. He would spring up, and stretch left and right just to make sure he catches a grain. He would whisper and dance by shaking his black tail vigorously and would say to Mr. Cock, “Give me a while and I will catch up and beat you. I am coming! I am coming up, man!” When he misses it again, he would go, “O men! There I go again!” By now he had gotten two more failures though Mr. Cock also had one more.
After playing for some more time, Mr. Rat threw a grain at Mr. Cock, but it didn’t go all the way and fell in the fire. Mr. Cock foolishly and hurriedly bent to pick the grain to maintain his winning position. Immediately, down with his handsome beak, he lowered himself to pick up the grain but unfortunately for him he heard “Tororo”, the sound of his burning teeth. Before he could struggle to jump out, the fire caught up with his teeth and burned out all of them, so much so that not even one was left in place.
“Oh no!” His friend screamed in tears. “Not so! Not so Rat!” But it was too late to help. Their fun was messed up as they hurriedly called for quick rescue from friends. So, that is why the cock has no teeth till today.
Be careful and honest while you play games. Do not play foolishly.
Why The Cock Has No Teeth