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Week 53: Saddle to Rags
(real tale: Saddle to Rags
The crowd roars as Brock runs out to meet them, harp in hand. After acknowledging his applause, he begins a playful melody. <i>This story I'm going to sing,
I hope it will give you content,
Concerning a silly old man
That was going to pay his rent,
With a till-a-dill, till-a-dill-dill,
Till-a-dill, dill-a-dill, dee,
Sing fol-de-dill, dill-de-dill, dill,
Fol-de-dill, dill-de-dill, dee.</i>
The audience applauds Brock's vocal skill. "Anyway, once an old man set out to pay his rent." Brock begins over a peaceful interlude. "His landlord had been away for a year, so instead of the forty gold pieces he was used to paying in rent, he now had to pay eighty pieces of gold."
Awed murmurs go up at this. "So he saddled his faithful Ponyta, and rode off towards his landlord's house. He had not gotten far when a man in fine clothing met him and asked where he was going. " Brock continues. "When the old man told him he was off to pay his rent for the year, the man offered to come with him to keep him safe from thieves. The old man agreed, not knowing his companion was a thief himself!"
Gasps go up over the tense chord. "They came to a forest, and the stranger drew a dagger, telling the old man 'Your money or your life'" Brock intones over some frantic chords "The old man put up quite the struggle, and threw his saddlebags into the bush in the confusion. With the thief distracted, the old man took the thief's Ponyta and the thief's bags and rode off to safety."
Sighs of relief fill the air as the harp plays a calm melody. "Meanwhile, the thief found the old man's saddlebags and opened them under the assumption there was gold inside." Brock explains. "Imagine his surprise when he opened the saddlebags and found nothing but odds and ends and bric-a-brac!"
Laughter fills the air as the audience pictures the thief's reaction. "The old man made it safely to the landlord's house, where he paid his rent for the year." Brock assures the audience. "Since the thief had so much gold on him, eighty pieces for a year's rent was pocket change."
He concludes "The landlord was amazed when he heard about what had happened, and he bid the old man keep the rest of the money safe. The old man agreed, and started off for home, picking up his own Ponyta on the way. When his wife heard the story, she commended his cleverness, and they never had to worry about food or money again."
The crowd roars as Brock takes a bow...