The mid-day sun beat down as tortoise wandered slowly across the Savannah. Approaching the old marula tree he noticed monkey, his fist lodged firmly inside a small crevice in the trees side.
“Good morning monkey “ he said, the trees canopy providing delicious pools of protective shade from the fierce sun. “Is everything okay?”.
“I seem to be stuck” monkey replied straining to free himself. Bees buzzed around him and he swatted at them with his free hand. “I wanted honey, I found honey, and now I cannot free myself.”
“Oh dear, oh dear” said tortoise pondering the predicament. “That is for certain no good thing.”
“Yes, yes” said monkey excitedly “no good at all, at all.”
Monkey tugged and pulled, teeth bared and his feet braced against the tree, but his hand remained firmly inside.
“Whatever will you do?” tortoise asked, “have you tried calling for help?”
Monkey nodded “Oh yes I have tortoise but the others were unable to free me.”
“And where are they now?” Tortoise asked looking about. There were most certainly no other monkeys that he could see. He looked up into the tree, thinking that surely that is where a tortoise would find monkeys but again there were none.
“They have left me, left me alone” Monkey said stills training in an attempt to free himself. “They said that Lion was about and ran off.” He looked down at tortoise. “I will not share my delicious honey with them now no way no chance.“
Tortoise stopped and looked about slowly. They were not particularly clever beasts in his opinion, and in his many years on the savannah he had always found them to be quite foolish too.
“Are you holding the honey now?” he asked.
Monkey paused. “Yes” he answered suspiciously. He was uncertain whether monkeys ate honey.
“And have you considered releasing the honey” Tortoise asked, “that would allow you to remove your hand surely.”
Monkey looked at tortoise quizzically. “But then I would have no honey” he said quite perplexed.
Tortoise was about to answer when he heard the distinctive roar of lion now not far away.
“You need to let go Monkey” he said retracting into the safety of his shell “lion is on her way.”
“But then I shall have no honey” monkey shouted back defiantly, “and I do so love honey…”
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