THE SLAVE AND THE LION
A slave ran away from his master who was a cruel man. He went to desert because he was afraid that they might catch him. While he was walking in search of food and shelter, he came to a cave. He entered the cave and found that it was empty. However, it was a lion's cave. Soon the lion came to the cave too. The man was very afraid. He thought that this was the end of his life. But, the lion did not jump on him or eat him. Instead, he came and showed submission and fear to the man. The man was surprised. The lion was crying and lifting up his paw. The man saw that the paw was swollen and red, and there was a big thorn in it. He removed the thorn and dressed the paw as well as he could. In time, it healed completely. The lion's gratitude was limitless. They became good friends and shared the cave. One day, however, the slave wanted to be among people, and he said farewell to the lion and returned to the town. But they recognized him in town, chained him and took him to his master. The master wanted to show everyone that runaway slaves would have a terrible end. So, he would throw him to wild animals at the next public spectacle in theater. On the fatal day, animals ran to the arena. One of the animals was a big lion. Then they threw the slave among them. Then, spectators were surprised because the lion lay down at the slave's feet with love and happiness. It was his old friend of the cave! The audience shouted that the slave should be free. The governor of the town agreed with them as he was also surprised at the lion's gratitude and fidelity and ordered that both the lion and the slave receive their liberty.