The Lady and the Lion
Once upon a time, there was a merchant who had three daughters. He loved them dearly, especially his youngest one, Amelia, for she was his favorite. One day, as he was leaving for a long voyage to conduct his work, he asked his daughters what they would like him to bring back to them.
I would love a beautiful set of shiny pearls. I would like a set of sparkling diamonds. Dear father, I would like a beautiful singing nightingale. Very well my children. If I can manage to get it, then you shall have it.
He bid farewell to his daughters and left. The merchant bought the pearls for his eldest daughter and diamonds for his second daughter. He searches everywhere for a singing nightingale, but it was all in vain.
This worried him as Amelia, was his favorite and he did not want to upset her. His venture brought him to a forest. He went on and on till he found a magnificent castle with a tall tree at the side of it. Upon that tree, sat a beautiful nightingale, singing melodiously.
Ah! I have got you at the right time. Go up that tree and get that nightingale for my daughter. Just as the servant was about to approach the tree, a lion jumped out from behind the tree and roared so loud that the leaves on the tree trembled.
Who dares to steal my nightingale? I will eat you up the thief! My apologies! Oh, mighty lion! I did not know that the bird is yours. Please spare my life. I shall pay you a heavy ransome for my mistake.