Granny's Tales: The Stories of Childhood: Saria and Maria's Tale
Saria and Maria: The two sisters
Whenever we visited our grandma's house, i remember, she always told us a story. This story is again an interesting one. The grandma started the story as the children schooled around her.
Once upon a time, there lived two sisters named Saria and Maria. Saria was a soft-spoken, well behaved and kind hearted girl. She was beautiful like a fairy. She had got long hair and a fair complexion. Maria, in contrast, was a short tempered, lazy and rude, but she was beautiful too having equally fair complexion like Saria. Being lazy and rude, Maria spent all day laying on the bed. She became furious when the dinner or lunch was late. She did not respect any elder or older family member. Saria, however, had to do the whole household work. She was a responsible girl and humble to others. One day, Saria asked Maria that would she help her to go to the stream and bring a pot of water? Maria displayed the worst of her character and refused her to do so. Saria got emotional. She worked all day and was exhausted. She took the pot and went to bank of the stream.
Fairy Waves the Magic Wand
Saria was extremely tired, so she decided to rest for a while under a tree. When she was sitting, she heard the weeping of an old lady. Saria looked around and saw an old lady was crying while she was injured. Saria rushed to the lady and helped her to sit under the tree. Then, she collected some herbs and salved the wounds. She went to the stream and filled the water pot and also picked some fruits for the old lady. She served the lady with a great care and concern. The old lady loved Saria's good conduct. As Saria was serving her fruits, the old lady turned into a beautiful young fairy.
We were listening the story for it was getting interesting. Granny was telling us looking all of us one by one and she was moving her hands when needed. She continued:
Saria was taken aback to see a beautiful fairy flying around her. She told Saria that she was examining her. She was very kind hearted girl and she deserved a reward. She gave her a gem and instructed that when she would go to the stream, there would be some trees and dense bushes at the opposite of the stream. In that bushes, she would find an old statue of a lion with a gem less crown. She had to fix the gem on the correct gem pattern and it would start shining and the mouth of the lion would be opened. Then she had to put her hand inside the lion's mouth and she would get unlimited gems, diamonds and gold jewels. She further guided her to get as many as she could but make sure that she could collect until the gem, on the lion's crown, was shining. If she found the shining dull, she would stop taking out the gems and jewels.
Saria Gets the Reward
Saria was excited and overjoyed. She went to the stream and emptied her pot. Then she crossed the stream and reached at the point the fairy had told her. She found a statue of lion having a crown with no gems. Saria fixed he gem into the right pattern and it started shining. The mouth of the lion was opened. She put her hand in its mouth and found gems and gold jewelry. She was taken aback. She filled her small pot with the gems and jewelry and stood at a distance to see what would happen when the gem would stop shining. A few moments later, the lion's mouth with its sharp and shiny tusks, was closed. Saria thanked to the God for everything. She took her pot and went home.
Saria was very happy and she showed the pot to her parents. They were rejoiced and appreciated Saria. When Maria knew the whole matter, she got jealous. She was filled with hatred and anger. She thought she would go to the stream by the next day, find the old lady, treat her softly and get rewarded. She would bring three pots full of gems and get the attention of her parents. By the next day, Maria got up early in the morning and took the three pots and went to the stream. She looked around and waited for the old lady to appear. She was getting eager to get the jewels. As she was sitting, an old woman appeared there but this time, she was not injured. Maria asked who was she? and what she was doing there? The old lady furiously inquired that who was she and what she was doing in her garden? Maria too talked angrily to the old lady and told her that she was there to meet a nice old lady not to the rude one like her. Her anger was burst. She put some stones and threw at the old lady and made her injured. The old woman turned into a fairy and Maria was in a state of surprise and confusion.
Maria Gets the Punishment
The kids around the granny were enjoying listening the story. No one put irrelevant questions and kept quite.
Maria was freaking out.The fairy spoke to Maria that she was examining her and found her rude and ill mannered. She continued that she would not treat her harshly. Instead, she would give her a gem that she would have to fix..."have to fix on a statue lion's crown and when it would open its mouth, had to fill the pots...i remember everything.. you are so nice and kind lady. You fairly deserve to be a sweet fairy" Maria got her engaged in her blandish talk. The fairy disappeared.
Maria looked here and there and commented: " huh! a foolish fairy." She got the gem,took the pots and rushed to the instructed point. She saw the lion. " wow! you're so beautiful king! but your crown has no gems...awww! lemme fix this gem onto your crown and you'll get back your grandeur to be a crowned king of jungle." She fixed the gem onto the right pattern of the lion's crown. It opened its mouth. Maria put her hand into the lion's mouth and started filling the pot. She filled the first pot and surprisingly looked at the jewelry. She meant to humiliate Saria and also got filled with avarice. She started filling the second pot. Meanwhile, the gem's shining got dull. Maria did not stop and kept on filling the pot. She had filled just half of the pot and the gem stopped shining. The lion's mouth was closed and its sharp tusks had injured Maria's arm. She started crying. She called forth the fairy shouting loudly. Suddenly, the fairy appeared. She waved her magic wand and Maria was set free.
She was badly injured and was crying with pain. The fairy got her reminded that she did not listen her instructions, treated her rudely, had evil intentions for Saria and above all, got greedy. She had got the punishment for her misbehave and bad intentions. Maria was ashamed. She requested the fairy to forgive her and promised that she would never be rude to others.
The fairy forgave Maria, she waved her magic wand and released her from the pain. Maria went home and told the whole story to Saria. She told her that she was ashamed. Saria hugged her and forgave her for all her misdeeds. The two sisters lived happily ever.
The granny finished the tale and promised to tell another interesting tale by the next day.
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