The real story of the Tortoise and the Hare is not the one most people have heard. While many suspect the tortoise to have won out of perseverance, his success was in fact due to his deceitful nature. Slow and steady truly did not win the race; rather it was an act of cheating. Here’s the true story, from my, the Hare’s, perspective.
I, the Hare, was the quickest and fastest out of all the animals. Every race I was challenged to, I easily won. Other animals perceived me as cocky, when really I was just proud of my success. One day I was hopping around, looking for a friend, when I encountered the tortoise. The tortoise had an issue with my speed, so he challenged me to a race. Of course I accepted his challenge, knowing full well that, in a fair race, I could easily beat the tortoise. Little did I know, the tortoise had created a devious plan. I didn’t learn of the tortoise’s dirty trick until after race.
As soon as the race began, I sped off far ahead of the tortoise as he slowly trotted behind. I noticed as I sped away that the tortoise had a mysterious grin on his face. I didn’t think anything of it. But as I neared to the finish line, I began to feel very drowsy and could feel myself slowing down. I struggled to keep running. Before I knew it, I allowed myself a stop to rest. I lay down, and before I knew it, I was asleep. I woke up just as the tortoise was crossing the finish line. He looked back at me with a playful smile and gave me a wink. It was then I knew what he must have done. Before the race he snuck a powerful sleeping pill into my drink. The tortoise won an unfair race and was praised by all the animals despite his unjust behavior.
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