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    Default share your favorite short stories!

    Here are two of my favorites

    Lodging for the Night: a Story of Francis Villon by Robert Louis Stevenson

    One of these Days (Un dia de estos) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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    The Scorpion and the Frog

    One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.
    The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn't see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

    Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

    "Hellooo Mr. Frog!" called the scorpion across the water, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?"

    "Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly.

    "Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!"

    Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

    "This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

    "Alright then...how do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

    "Ahh...," crooned the scorpion, "Because you see, once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!"

    So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog's soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

    Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

    "You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

    The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back.

    "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

    Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.

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    Never let a scorpion ride without a saddle.

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    Here's probably one of my oldest and most favorite stories:
    Thus I Refute Beelzy (John Collier) -- page down once you get there to start it.

    Another, of course:
    The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allan Poe)

    And a famous poem/story:
    Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thalassa View Post
    Oh our 3rd person reference to ourselves denotes nothing more than we realize we are epic characters on the forum.

    Narcissism, plain and simple.

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    Julie Romaine - Guy De Maupassant

    * The link is to the text/zip file of his set of short stories, of which Julie Romaine is one. An aged actress talks of love and choices.

    whatever, I thought it was a thread of our own stories.

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    The Scarlet Ibis - James Hurst



    And I wouldn't say this is necessarily an all-time favorite, though I did love it when I heard it on This American Life a few months ago: Otis is Resurrected - Brady Udall. I think it's a good one to pair with Hurst's story.
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    I just read those 2 stories. ^^ Sad. I generally don't like fatalistic stories. I liked Otis is Resurrected better than the Ibis one. I also don't like hearing stories read out loud generally, though sometimes it can bring whole new dimensions to a story you'd otherwise overlook (especially true when it comes to adding comedic value to stories).

    My all time favorite short story is "The Sliver Moon" by Lao She. Of course it's translated into English so I'm sure the translator did a good job with that, but the heroine and her story are so compelling I thought the author must be a woman. He's not. He was a revolutionary though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    I just read those 2 stories. ^^ Sad. I generally don't like fatalistic stories.
    Yeah, I'm really a sucker for a devastating story. "The Scarlet Ibis" just breaks my heart every time. That, "Otis," and Of Mice and Men all have the disabled brother-figure aspect that I find so moving because I relate to the experience.

    I just finished Of Mice and Men with my juniors. By the time we do Gatsby and my Steinbeck unit (which also includes stories from The Pastures of Heaven, some kids start asking why everything we read is tragic. The first time someone asked me that question, I paused for a second and tried to think of a happy story that I've loved, and I couldn't. I concluded that all great literature breaks your heart. Or something. I know that's probably a not-completely-true generalization, but it seemed true enough at the time.
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