Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Special “Medicine” For the king

One day Abu heard from his neighbours that the king was ill. All good doctors in the country had tried to cure him but all of them failed. His neighbours suggested him to go to the pal­ace and cure the king. After wearing his best  robe, he then went to the palace to look in on his beloved king.
When he arrived at the palace, it was very quiet. He went directly to the king’s room. He saw the king lying, still on bed. Next to the bed were his ministers. They all looked very sad. One of the ministers approached Abunawas and talked very softly. He said that the king did not want to eat or drink. He even did not want to take the medicine. Abu looked closer at his king for some time. Then suddenly he smiled smartly as if he found something precious at the king's face. He excused himself to go home for a while and promised to be back soon.
When he got to his house he changed his best robe with the old one that had a torn somewhere. He used a big safety pin to cover up the torn. Soon he got back to the palace. He approached one of the ministers and said that he was able to cure the king with one condition; he should be left alone with the king in the room.
After everybody was out, Abu closed the door and came over to the king. He looked carefully at the king's face. He then undid his safety pin.
"Your Majesty, I have big and sharp safety pin in my hand. I'll count to three. If you do not get up I'll pierce this pin into both your heels. I know you're not ill. You're just pre­tending, Now, I’ll start counting ... one ... two......
"No don't do that Abu!" said the king suddenly. He got up and sat on bed. “Tell me. How do you know that I'm not ill?"
"It's simple. Your face looks reddish."
The king smiled. "You're right, Abu. I'm just pretending. I just want to know how much my people love me."
"They love you very much. They're sad when they heard that you're ill, and they offer their prayer to God for your health"
"I’m happy to hear that. But, please Abu, you must keep this secret. This is just between you and me."
"No problem, Your Majesty," Abu said while winking at the king. Abu went out of the room with a smile on his face.
"Our beloved king is getting better now," Abu said. "He ate the food and then took the medicine," he continued.
Everybody looked confused. They had tried everything to make their king, eat his food and take some medicine, but failed. Yet, when Abu came for some minutes, he could easily make it. They could not believe it. They were going to ask Abu ques­tions when they heard a loud voice from inside the room, "Hi, everybody! Come here! I need to talk to you."
"See? I told you! Our king is getting better," Abu said calmly while leaving them.

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