Nicaraguan Short Stories 3
The Little Tiger
By José Andrés
There was once a tiger king in the jungle who was loved by all the people of the village. He had a brother, Yuri. Yuri was really wicked, but the problem was that the king didn’t know he was a bad person. He loved his brother very much. Suddenly, the king disappeared on February 18, 1659. Everybody was worried about him, including his wife, Miley, and his little son, Alex McTavish. They were really sad because they thought was dead.
Yuri told the queen and prince that he wanted to be the new king over them. One day Alex was surprised because he saw the soul of his father in the middle of the jungle. He said happily,
“Dad, how are you still alive?”
“I don’t know,” his dad answered. “I only remember that I was in the woods and someone attacked me. I think was my brother Yuri.”
“What?! My uncle attacked you?” shouted Alex.
“Yes, he is a bad person. I need you to find a way to help me come back to my kingdom. Look for the trails in the old tiger skin. He lives among the mountain rocks. Find him!” said Alex’s father.
Alex found the old tiger, but he was in a dark cave and Alex couldn’t see the tiger’s skin very well. The tiger got really angry when he saw Alex and attacked him, but when the old tiger saw that Alex was just a little tiger, he asked,
“What do you want, Alex?”
“Do you know me?”
“Yes Alex, I know a lot of things.”
“I want your help to find my dad. My father said that in your skin are the clues to help him.”
“Yes, the spell for the potion that will bring your father back is written in my skin.” Alex tried to read but he could only see spots. The old tiger laughed loud and he mocked Alex. The little tiger was so sad and furious.
“You need to make the effort and put you anger away to see,” he said to himself. “Someday you are going to be a king and a king needs to be strong, patient, and full of knowledge to lead his people.” Then Alex focused on the old tiger’s skin, and finally, he saw the list appear: a couple of flowers, three necklaces, two gold leaves, and a wolf skin.
The old tiger laughed as Alex ran out of the cave. On his way down the mountain, Alex found a couple of flowers, and then he passed a golden tree and took two of its leaves. Then he found a cat who was selling necklaces and bought three of them.
As he kept running, he found two wolves fighting and he decided to take a little bit of fur. Then he made the potion by mixing up all the stuff and putting it all into magic water. There was a loud noise in the woods. It was his father! After they hugged each other, they went to the kingdom.
Yuri thought he had the situation under control because he saw that Alex and the king were alone; but behind the two tigers came three tiger armies from Africa, the UK, and Russia. All of them were friends of the King. Yuri was scared because he only had one army. The king said to his old troops, “I’m going to give you one more chance, because I am a good king. Yuri is the traitor. Surrender, or we will fight!” The king’s old army surrendered and Yuri was put in jail. The king hugged his son and told him, “I’m so proud of you.” The two tigers went to the castle to join Queen Miley. They live happily ever after.
The Boy and the Girl
by Maria Noel
Once upon a time, a girl went to the park and played with a boy. They were best friends. Afterwards, she went to the boy’s house to play board games. Some robbers snuck into the house while they were there, and they stole the TV and the sofa. When the boy and the girl heard the robbers, they ran out the side door.
The girl ran to the police station while the boy kept watch, and the police came back to the boy’s house. They searched the house and found the robbers.
The boy and the girl were relieved. To celebrate, they went to the beach and looked at the fish. Then they ate pizza and the girl bathed in the pool with the boy. The girl looked at an insect in the water and said, “Help, help, help, please!” The boy came over and saw the insect too. “Help, help, help!” he yelled. The girl pulled the boy away and they swam away fast. They decided to finish celebrating at the park.
Super Dog Saves the Day
By José Alfredo
Once upon a time there was a dog named Spark. He was a very beautiful and energetic beagle.
One day, Spark was walking with his owner, a very smart boy, when suddenly a car accident almost took the dog’s life away.
On the way to the animal hospital, Spark’s vital signs were dropping. The boy was worried about his condition and was desperately looking forward to his recovery.
A mysterious man walked into the hospital as they were in the emergency room, and he carefully approached the room. The stranger was overwhelmed by the look on the boy’s face, as if he knew the feeling behind losing a loved one.
The stranger offered to help by giving the boy an antidote that would give superpowers to the dog, like flying, super speed, super strength, super hearing, and super smelling. But there was one condition: the antidote would only last until midnight.
Without hesitation, the boy accepted his offer; he just wanted to have a proper goodbye with his dog.
On the way home, the dog carried the boy by his shirt and they flew back to their house.
The boy made the dog a super suit for him to fight crime in and to remember him forever.
In the afternoon Super Dog heard a girl screaming and crying. It was the girl from across the street that the boy really liked. She was asking for help, so they ran to see what happened. She was being robbed by two criminals! The boy sent the dog to stop the criminals, and with his super speed, the dog caught one of the men by biting him in the leg. The other one was running away in a car, but the dog flew over the car, lifted the car with his super strength, and threw the man into the police department jail with the other criminal.
The people were thankful to have a new hero in town, and they had a celebration in his honor.
The boy, however, was sad because midnight was near and his happiness wouldn’t last long.
One minute before midnight, the boy was saying goodbye to his friend. But then a light came in through the window, and they heard a voice as the dog was fainting. They could hear the strange man’s voice saying that both had proven to have pure hearts, so the boy was allowed to keep his dog with all his powers.
Everyone was extremely happy because Super Dog was alive. The boy and his dog have been protecting the city ever since.
The Long Grass
There once was a man who loved nature, and he always went to islands and countries. He visited 10 islands or countries every month, and he loved nature because it grew food for everyone and he thought some flowers were pretty. He went to places so much he didn’t spend a lot of time with his family, so sometimes he let them come with him.
He found a tropical island that he liked because he thought his wife and his kids would stay healthy there, so he moved into a new house. But the owner of the house hated nature. He hated nature because his parents died in a forest fire. So he grew his grass up to 10 feet tall. That way the man would start to hate nature.
So the man moved in and saw the long grass. Before he could ask any questions, the owner was gone. The man screamed, “AHHHHH!” He didn’t let the kids go in the garden.
The man called gardeners to cut it down. They did, but then there was a ton of insects and snakes, so the man didn’t know what to do. Suddenly he had the perfect idea. He waited a few weeks and they were gone.
His kids were happy. They went to school and made friends, and the man still went around the world with his family to visit nature and see sights, but from then on the man was careful with his surroundings. Even so, he always loved nature.