The Tale of the Lion

by Colleen Yates ’18

 One boy in a village was the proud owner of a pet lion. One day he took his lion for a walk and the lion ate seventeen people.

 “Give us your lion, we’ll put it in the zoo!” said the townspeople, devastated by the loss.  

 “No.” said the lion’s owner. “It’s my right to own this lion.” he declared.

 “But your lion killed our children!” said the parents.

 “But your lion killed our parents,” cried the children.

 The next day the townspeople concluded that in order to maintain a safe neighborhood everyone should have a pet lion. That way, the next time a lion got out, people would be able to defend themselves with their own lions. After all, if some people have lions, it’s only fair to have your own lion to defend yourself with.

 “I will be responsible with my lion,”  said one boy,

 “I will not let it eat anyone because I’ll put this safety collar on my lion.”

 One day the boy was walking his lion and all of a sudden the lion ran away and ate five people.

 “I thought the safety collar was on!” cried the boy.

 The safety collars clearly weren’t enough to stop these deadly lions. The lions had been made to kill, as they are innate hunters.

 “We must take away these lions and put them in a zoo!” cried the townspeople.

 “No,” shouted one man. “It’s my right to own this lion. I will be responsible, I will put my lion in a safe cage with a lock on it!”

 “Okay,” said the townspeople. Surely the lion could do no damage if it couldn’t even get out.

 The next day the man woke up to find his son crying and his house a mess.

 “What happened?!” The man shrieked, stunned that his precious lion had gotten away.

 “I just wanted to play with it,” cried his son, sobbing on the floor.

 The man walked outside and saw that his lion had eaten two people.

 “Please, can we put these lions away, safe, in a zoo!?” cried the townspeople once more.

 “No!” Screamed the men. “Some of us are responsible lion owners.”

 The lions continued to eat people. Sometimes it was a random person, sometimes a family member, sometimes a lion owner. The zoos closed and people bought more and more lions. Slowly more and more people were eaten by lions, until everyone was gone and the lions were left to rule the village.