The Lion was a quick short story I threw together that speaks of injustices we face when trying to find our own way in the world. It is a message that rang out clear, especially when considering one's parents, when I was watching the Dead Poet's Society. Comparisons of the Robin William's character and the Lion can be easily drawn. You may also note a very staunch adherance to biblical writing stylizing. In this the Lion could also be easily compared to Jesus.

copyright: 1999 C.E.
wordcount: 521
story # 7

. . . And the scholars approached the Lion and beseeched he,
“Please come and teach our young boys to be as men.” And the Lion responded,
“Nay, for thou wilt not like what I teach for what I teach is POWER.”
And the scholars beseeched he,
“Oh, but that is what we need! Come and teach our young boys to be as men.”
And the lion retorted,
“Nay, for thou wilt be displeased in what I teach for what I teach is WISDOM.”
And the scholars beseeched he,
“Indeed! Tis what we need! Please come and teach our young boys to be as men!”
And again the Lion snorted,
“Nay! For thou wilt not take pleasure in what I teach for what I teach is COURAGE!”
And the scholars beseeched he,
“Verily! Thou art powerful, wise, and courageous! Tis what we need to teach our young boys to be as men!”
And the Lion saw sincerity and agreed,
“Then let it be known that I shall teach thy young boys to be as men.”

So some time passed and one young boy was greatly troubled by his father who was himself greatly displeased with the teachings of the Lion. The father desired the young boy to be what he saw him to be and not what the boy envisioned himself to be.
“Thou hath dishonored me, boy!” Cried the father, “Thou wilt forget and forsake thine desire and obey and seek what future I have designed for thee!”
And the young boy was forlorn having disgraced his father and not earned his pride. Therefore, he summoned lightning to whisk away his mind and did lie upon the floor, his life having fled.

Now the father of the young boy was furious and summoned the scholars to ban the Lion from their kingdom for he had instilled in these boys to disrespect authority and this father’s son lie slain because of this degradation.

And the scholars came upon the Lion and cried out,
“I ban thee from this place for you have taught our young boys to spit in our face!”
And the Lion, in great voice and reason, rationally retorted,
“I had warned thee fellows what I taught for what I taught was that these young boys be strong in their convictions, be wise enough to know right from wrong, and be courageous enough to confess it! Now, you come to mine personage and cry out that I have wronger thee!? You do not want your young boys to be as men, as I have taught, but to be as mice! Continually following your design and your will! Do not grow furious and accusatory when the Lion teaches the lamb to be as The Lion when the Lion did say, ‘Thou wilt be displeased!’”

The scholars and the father were taken aback by the Lion’s blatant words and could only watch in shock as the Lion boldly departed, undeterred by their words. And depart as well did all the young boys he had taught to follow THE authority on the matter for they were as men and the scholars were as mice.