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Week 41: The Cunning Shoemaker
(real tale: The Cunning Shoemaker)
"There once was a shoemaker in a faraway land, while very skilled, couldn't get very much work." Brock begins before adding as an aside "We'll call him Patrick."
Applause goes up in approval of the name. "The lack of work was so bad, Patrick and his wife almost starved to death." Brock explains. "So Patrick took his tools and some of his recently made stock, and set out for another land. He found plenty of work, and eventually had enough money to buy himself a Ponyta."
"Patrick bought himself a fine Ponyta and started for home." Brock continues. "But as he rode through a forest, he saw a group of bandits approaching. He decided to hide some coins in the Ponyta's fur, and as the bandits demanded all his money, he explained his Ponyta was the only thing he had left."
Gasps turn to laughter as Brock notes "But then the Ponyta tossed its mane, making the coins hidden in its fur fall to the ground. The bandit king was amazed at this, and demanded to know how the coins got there." Laughter goes up as the audience pictures the bandit king's reaction. "Patrick explained that the Ponyta was magic, and produced coins that way every day. He sold the Ponyta for fifty gold pieces, telling the bandits to take turns caring for the Ponyta, lest they fight over the money."
More laughter goes up at this. "Patrick spent the night at an inn, and when he returned home, bought himself a vineyard." Brock continues. "Meanwhile, the bandits agreed that their king care for the Ponyta the first night, but it didn't take long to discover that they had been had."
Some "ooh"s and giggles of anticipation fill the air. "The bandits agreed that Patrick needed to be punished for tricking them" Brock goes on. "When Patrick saw the bandits coming, he prepared a wineskin with Tauros blood and hid it inside his wife's clothing. He told her that when the bandits arrived to demand restitution for the Ponyta, they would feign an argument, at which point he would stab the wineskin with a knife, and she would play dead for a few minutes, until she heard her beloved play the guitar. He would then give them an identical guitar to his own." A spotlight appears on Brock's own instrument at center stage.
"The bandits arrived and demanded restitution, and Patrick's plan went perfectly." Brock continues as he takes his own guitar. "Patrick and his wife feigned an argument, until Patrick stabbed the wineskin in feigned anger, seemingly killing his beloved. As the bandits watched in horror at the turn of events, Patrick took his guitar and played his beloved's favorite set, which went something like this."
The audience claps along as Brock plays "Dusknoir's Dream" and "The Thunderbolt Reel" for effect. "The bandits watched in amazement as Patrick's wife appeared to come back to life and dance to the tunes, and demanded to know where they could find an amazing instrument for themselves." he explains when the last note of "The Thunderbolt Reel" dies. "Patrick explained he had a spare guitar just like it, and sold it to the bandits for forty gold pieces."
Giggles go up from the audience. "Patrick went out and used the money to buy some Shiny Grumpigs. The bandits, meanwhile, agreed their king would learn to play the magical guitar first, and then he would teach the others." Brock explains as he deliberately plays a few botched chords to mimic the bandit king trying to play. "But the bandit king had no clue how to play even the basic chords, and it took many dead Pokemon to figure out they'd been had--again!"
Laughter goes up as Brock plays a "running" melody. "So the bandits set out to demand restitution for Patrick tricking them twice, and caught up to him and his Shiny Grumpigs by a river. Having never seen a Shiny Grumpig before, the bandits asked Patrick where he had found them. Patrick explained that Manaphy had given him the Grumpigs as a gift. Excited at the prospect of meeting a Legendary, the bandits charged into the river." Brock explains over another "running" melody. "But since none of them knew how to swim, they pretty much drowned."
More laughter goes up as Brock concludes "The people of the land were relieved to find out someone had defeated those bandits, and the king rewarded Patrick for his cleverness, meaning he never had to worry about food or money again."
The crowd roars as Brock sets his guitar aside and takes a bow...