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Week 116: The Thief and the Liar's Partnership
(real tale: The Thief and the Liar)
Brock takes a deep breath to relieve the Beautiflies in his stomach. <i>Here's hoping that when we premiere the play next week, it'll go over better...</i>
With that, he jogs out to meet the cheering crowd. "Once a thief met a man who always lied on the road." he begins. "When the thief asked the liar what he was doing, the liar explained that he had just seen a Persian flying, and he was waiting for it to come down in hopes he could study its wings."
Laughter goes up as the audience pictures a flying Persian. "The thief just smiled and offered to form a partnership," Brock continues. "All it took to make a fortune is one thief and one liar, he figured, and since he was a thief, the two of them would make a fine pair. The liar loved the idea; so together they set out to see the king of a neighboring country. As they walked, they plotted."
"Ooh's fill the air as the audience wonders what the pair is plotting. "When they reached the palace, the liar hid in the forest while the thief went to see the king." Brock explains. The thief suggested the king prepare a banquet, but the king balked at this--a terrible drought had hit the land, and there was no crops even for themselves. The thief replied that he had just come from a country so rich in crops, everyone was knee deep in food. The king did not believe the thief, but the thief insisted. They decided to wager 300 gold pieces, because the king was certain the drought had destroyed crops far and wide."
Giggles fill the air as Brock paces the stage for a moment, then continues "The king sent a servant to travel to the land to see if what the thief said was true. As the servant rode through the forest, the liar stepped out from behind a tree and asked where he was going. When the servant answered, the liar said he had just come from the country in question, and every crop is growing so tall and so strong, it took two dozen people to harvest each plant."
Awed gasps go up as Brock intones "To save himself from a long journey, the servant asked the liar to come to the palace to tell his king the news, and the liar agreed. When the liar explained everything to the king, the king was astonished. But he was an honest man, so he paid the thief 300 gold pieces."
He continues as he returns to his place at center stage. "The thief and the liar departed and traveled on to another kingdom, where they pulled the same trick. This time the liar told tales of lettuce so large, one head needed at least 12 wagons to carry it to market. In another kingdom, the thief told a tale of a kingdom with a shrine spire so high a Pidgey perched on it and was able to peck at the stars, making some stars fall from the sky. The king bet the greedy thief 10,000 gold pieces that this was not true, and sent his servant to find out. The servant came upon the liar, who told him he was indeed from the country in question, so the servant asked if the story of the Pidgey and the stars was true. The liar said it was--not only that, but he saw 12 people shoving with all their might to roll a monster egg into a cellar."
Laughter goes up as the audience pictures the servant's likely reaction. "The servant came and told this story to the king, and the king paid the thief 10,000 gold pieces." Brock explains. "The thief and the liar split their earnings into two equal shares and parted ways. The years went by, they both married, and built houses of their own. But one day, as the liar was counting his coins, he discovered he had been cheated. He wanted to get his fair share, and went to see the thief.The thief greeted him warmly. When the liar accused him of cheating, the thief assured him that if he came next week, he would pay his old friend what he owed."
Silence fills the air as Brock goes on "A week went by, and the thief told his wife of his plan--he would lie down and when the liar arrived, she was to tell him that he had died and she had buried him. The thief's wife did as she was told, telling the most heartwrenching rendition of the story she could. The liar knew the thief's wiles well, and suspected something was up. So he went to the barn and began to toss the hay with a pitchfork, prodding it this way and that."
He concludes "To this day, it is said he is still looking for his former partner, in hopes of getting back his rightful share."
Laughter and applause fill the air as Brock takes a bow....