Saturday, December 10, 2011

There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch


Far away in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea , two prawns were swimming around. One was named Charlie and the other Christian.

The two prawns were constantly being harassed and threatened by sharks that inhabited the area.

Finally one day Charlie said to Christian; 'I'm fed up with being a prawn. I wish I was a shark, then I wouldn't worry about being eaten.'

A large mysterious cod appeared and said, 'Your wish is granted.'

Lo and behold, Charlie became a shark.

Horrified, Christian immediately swam away, afraid of being eaten by his old friend.

After a while, Charlie found life as a shark boring and lonely. All his old friends swam away whenever he came close to them. Charlie realized that his new menacing appearance was the cause of his sad plight.

While swimming alone one day he saw the mysterious cod again and he thought the cod might change him back into a prawn. He approached the cod and begged to be changed back. Lo and behold, Charlie became a prawn again.

With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes Charlie swam back to his friends and bought them all a cocktail. Looking around the gathering at the reef he realized he couldn't see his old pal.

'Where's Christian?' he asked.

'He's at home, still distraught that his best friend changed sides to the enemy & became a shark'.

Eager to put things right and end the mutual pain and torture, Charlie set off to visit Christian. He banged on the door and shouted, 'It's me, Charlie, your old friend, come out and see me.'

Christian replied, 'No way man, you'll eat me. You're a shark, the enemy, and I won't be tricked into being your dinner.'

Charlie cried back 'No, I've changed.  'I found Cod. I'm a Prawn again Christian'

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