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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
A Lion, a Bear, a Wolf and a Bull were arguing as to which of them was the fiercest and most frightening amongst them.
They each agreed to take turns demonstrating their power with a show of force.
Firstly the Wolf, bared his teeth, snarling and barking, and raised his head howling with blood curdling screams.
The Bear then raised himself to his highest height upon his back legs and growled ferociously, thrashing his claws and teeth around wildly showing his great strength.
The Lion open his mouth in a wide gape to show them his fearsome teeth and sharpened claws capable of tearing flesh from bone, roaring loudly saying, I am not called King of the Beasts for nothing.
The Bull watched the Other's perform and not wanting to be outdone, raised his great horned head and charged at all speed into the trunk of a large tree. The ground and the tree shuddered and shook, as leaves and twigs and branches rained down upon them all from the skies above.
Suddenly, a branch carrying a large hive of bees fell down amongst them. Thousands of angry bees swarmed out of the hive heading straight for the startled animals, covering them and stinging them viciously from head to foot.
They all jumped up and ran for the sanctuary of a nearby cave, as they entered one by one and headed into the darkened cavern. "You fool", said the Lion to the Bull, "look what you brought down upon us all, invoking the wrath of the bees".
The Bull laughed to hear the Lion say this:
Then we are together in our foolishness hiding in the dark, for even when facing a Lion, a Bear, a Wolf and a Bull, the strongest powers can be tamed by the lowliest of creatures if they are but fully united.
And the Moral of the story is:
Even the mightiest is nothing compared to the strength of the many united.