The Liar in Luke's Head
Jimmy Was a Great Role Model for His Brothers
Jimmy was the oldest of three siblings and everyone believed he was his mother’s favorite son. Mom consistently laughed with him and gave in to his every desire. Jimmy’s younger brothers learned to venerate him since he was the oldest. He was and fresh and witty. It was Jimmy’s job to set a good example for his younger brothers.
Every day after school, Jimmy would lead his brother’s home and help them with their homework. This was after he prepared a tasty snack for them. Mom knew Jimmy was a superior role model for his brothers and she was terribly proud of him.
Jimmy played games of Chest with his brothers often and taught them how to build model airplanes. He also challenged them to amusing card games. Luke and Johnny yearned to copy their older brother and wanted to be just like him because they admired him.
Jimmy Collected All Types of Precious Coins
Jimmy collected all types of precious coins from every corner of the world and he classified them in a special money binder. One day, Luke yearned to purchase a stunning model airplane, and he did not have the courage to wait for his weekly stipend. He asked Little Johnny to lend him the money to buy this amazing model airplane; except, Johnny had already spent his allowance on a new game board that week.
Luke Stole Jimmy's Authentic Coins
In desperation, Luke candidly embezzled his stole Jimmy’s best coins to purchase his airplane. He replaced Jimmy’s unique coins with cheap plastic ones and hoped Jimmy would not notice the difference in his coin collection, though he checked his coins on a daily basis.
Luke felt awfully guilty for doing this; however, he thought he could get over by lying. He fabricated a silly story of a rat eating Jimmy's coins. Then he quickly demonstrated his gorgeous airplane that had a special motor. He insisted on sharing his toy with his little brother too. They would have joint ownership of all his model airplanes as long as they didn't break any. This was how he put it to get their mind off the rats and missing coins.
Luke Could Not Look Jimmy in the Eye
Luke was not happy playing with his new model airplane. He did not have a clue how the liar in his head enticed him to steal and fib too.
As long as absolutely no one found out, he could look Jimmy in the eye. After all, Luke didn't believe stealing was so awful since he shared his new prize with them. He vowed not to tell Jimmy about what had truly happened as long as he lived!
One day, Little Johnny was playing with a ball in the living room and it accidentally bounced onto Luke’s model airplane shelf. Every airplane crashed on the stone floor.
Luke simply could not believe his eyes! He swelled up with tears. All his grand airplanes were ruined and there was no way to fix them. He wanted to scold Little Johnny, but he realized it was an accident. Johnny did not shatter them on purpose, and besides Luke did not possess the courage to forgive him even though it was not his fault. He was just at his wit's end because his airplane collection was wrecked. There was no possible way to replace or redo the work that had gone into building his unique model airplanes. It had taken years to put together!
Jimmy decided to rack up his coin collection and noticed the fake coins. When he heard a ruckus in the living room he ran straight in and could not fathom the look of hopelessness on their faces. Jimmy knew he was robbed. And he vowed to ask his brothers what became of his worldly coin collection.
Luke Was Sorry
The minute Luke saw Jimmy holding the plastic coins with an inquisitive look on his face; he broke into a stickler and cried. He immediately apologized for taking his brother's precious coins. Jimmy wept and then lovingly accepted his apology.
Luke could not believe he had told two lies and tricked his older brother too. This whole incident drew a deep wedge in his heart and he was mad at his younger brother. He received a real tough punishment for stealing. He lost his airplane collection, but he gained Jimmy’s love for telling the truth. What a trade-off for fibbing, he thought.
Luke then decided to unburden his heart and forgave Little Johnny too for breaking his airplanes. This unburdened the liar in his head that had somehow enticed him to do these awful things.
Mom was immensely proud of her children for being honest and caring for each other. In no time, things got back to normal.
Luke became interested in Origami and he taught his brothers to make neat paper airplanes. Soon they forgot about the terrible incidents of last summer that could have drawn a sword between them for a lifetime.
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