Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Alien and the Shepherds

AN ALIEN, by some mischance, fell into a pit. The Shepherds discovered him, and some threw sticks at him and pelted him with stones. "I am on a journey of exploration and peace!" cried the wounded Alien.

Others, moved with compassion towards one about to die, threw in some vile Earth food to prolong his life. At night they returned home, not dreaming of any danger, but supposing that on the morrow they would find him dead.

The Alien, however, when he had recruited his feeble strength, signaled his fleet with a burst of red light that shot into the heavens, parting the clouds. Many flying saucers hastened to his location, saved him and headed for Antarctica. After a few days they had harvested the planet's entire supply of glorb from beneath the glacial ice. As yet undiscovered by man, glorb was an unstable but powerful fuel that, among other things, made deep space travel practical.

They then swept across the surface of the planet conducting scans, beams and probes until all naturally occurring superconductors had been robbed from the Earth's crust. The Shepherds, seeing all this activity in the sky and fearing for their safety, surrendered their flocks and begged only for their lives. A saucer paused in the sky and made this reply: "We are not savages. You will not be harmed directly. This will most likely be the last we meet."

And with that, the Aliens shot up into space and scoured the rest of the solar system in much the same way.

The Panther and the Shepherds (original fable)

A PANTHER, by some mischance, fell into a pit. The Shepherds discovered him, and some threw sticks at him and pelted him with stones, while others, moved with compassion towards one about to die even though no one should hurt him, threw in some food to prolong his life. At night they returned home, not dreaming of any danger, but supposing that on the morrow they would find him dead. The Panther, however, when he had recruited his feeble strength, freed himself with a sudden bound from the pit, and hastened to his den with rapid steps. After a few days he came forth and slaughtered the cattle, and, killing the Shepherds who had attacked him, raged with angry fury. Then they who had spared his life, fearing for their safety, surrendered to him their flocks and begged only for their lives. To them the Panther made this reply: "I remember alike those who sought my life with stones, and those who gave me food aside, therefore, your fears. I return as an enemy only to those who injured me."

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