5. General Stories

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Two friends were travelling together through the forest when an enormous bear came lumbering towards them. Immediately, they ran towards a tree, but one of them tripped and fell. Ignoring him, the other clambered up the tree to safety. The one on the ground held his breath and pretended to be dead. The bear came over and sniffed his face before it turned away and plodded off.

“Gosh, that was a close thing,” said the second friend when he had come down from his tree. “It almost looked as if the bear was talking to you.” “Oh, he was,” said the first friend. “He bent down and whispered in my ear, and he gave me some very good advice. He told me it was a bad idea to travel with friends who abandon you when you are in danger.”

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