The Inside Story of The Tortoise and the Hare What Happened?




Torise and Hare
I wrote this story in one of my UCLA Classes. I did find a publisher, but they seemed too dark for the story. If anyone knows of a publishes who publishes fractured fairytales ot of a contest that accepts unpublished manuscripts and offers a book deal, plese let me know. It’s along the same lines of The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Enjoy!

”Slow and steady wins the race.” Not true! People say that ‘cause tortoise beat me. He got lucky! Here’s how the tortoise became the winner and stole the spotlight from me.

It all started with a race. Tortoise read the poster: “City parade April 1st. Winner will ride with the mayor and give a speech about life’s most valuable lesson.”

“Hmmm… I think I’d like to enter the race.”

“You? Race? Please! I’ll be the one on the float.”

“…We’ll just see “… About that,” Tortoise Replied.

I chuckled. “Yes we will.”

I need to start training pronto. Come on everybody Join me! First, Jumping jacks! One! Two! Three! Four! Training makes me feel alive! Say it with me.

Next, Sit ups! One Two! Three! Four! Five! Training makes me feel alive!

Then, the treadmill. I ran so fast, I fell and bumped my head. I needed to sit down for a few minutes. I grabbed an ice pack. How fast can you run?

Good, all better. I lifted my five pound weights for endurance. Training makes me feel alive! Tortoise can’t win! I’d give rabbits a bad name!

Wait a minute… what am I so worried about? Tortoise doesn’t have a chance!
The next day I jogged to the supermarket to get some more carrots.
Tortoise was sleeping under a tree. Wake up! I’m gonna beat ya. Na-na-na-na-na-na!”

Tortoise slowly opened his eyes. The big day isn’t here yet.”

“You don’t scare me.” I hopped away.

Soon I saw another tree. Time for chin ups. One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Training makes me feel alive. Phew! I’m sweating. A good sweat is a good sign of a gold medal winner! You can’t hop on an empty stomach. More carrots!

On the grass, I straightened my legs, reached for my toes. After that, push-ups! One Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten! Training makes me feel alive! Uh-oh, it’s getting windy. I’ll finish my training at home. I called tortoise.

“Hi this is Tortoise. Please leave a message.”

“Hey Tortoise. Hare here. See ya at the finish line!”
I continued my training ‘til midnight. I could just see the headlines:
“HARE BEATS TORTOISE. WAS THERE EVER A DOUBT?”

I was having a great dream until

THWEEEEEET!”Oh no!” The race already started! I hoped so fast my shoelaces came untied and I fell. I hoped back up but Tortoise was almost there! “Come on legs Go! Go! Go!” It was too late!

“Congratulations!” The mayor replied.” What wise words do you have for the people?”

Remember,

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.”

Tortoise got his picture in the paper and ended up on the float. If only I had better shoes and a new alarm clock! Now, he’s remembered as the wise one! People will believe anything they see in print! I want a rematch! Next time will be different! Can I burrow your alarm clock?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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