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Nettle And The Three Brothers

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Copyright 2017 Anita Hasch

ISBN: 9781370380640

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Nettle And The Three Brothers

Sam, Joe and Jona were three brothers who lived in a village near the river. One hot sunny day they decided to go for a swim. They ran to the river and dived into the cool water. Nettle was a beautiful girl, named after a plant called the ‘stinging nettle.’ Her beauty was spoilt because when she came close to anybody, they would start to itch. The itching kept on until they either ran away from her, or she left. Because of this, Nettle became a lonely little girl. One day a magician came upon her where she was sitting and crying.

‘What is wrong little girl, why are you crying?’

‘I’ve got nobody to play with. I make everybody itch.’

‘Take this magic coconut. When you tap it twice, it will grow into a plant and then into a tree. If you use it to protect somebody, you will be healed, and nobody will itch when you are near them.’

“Oh thank you, “she called out.

The next day it was very hot and Nettle also decided to go for a swim. She ran to the river and took her coconut with in case somebody drowned and she could save them. Then she would be rid of the curse of itching. Nettle left her coconut by the rocks and jumped into the river.

“Oh no, shouted the three brothers,” and started scratching themselves. The itching got worse and they ran out of the river. They were so scared of Nettle that they ran the wrong way into the woods.

Oh no, thought Nettle, they are running straight to the Cannibals. I better save them. She grabbed her coconut and ran after them.

As she ran she passed a family of baboons. They were terrified and sat close together. Nettle thought they must have heard the Cannibals. The Cannibals must be close by.

When she caught up with the brothers, it was too late. They were already surrounded

by the Cannibals. They grabbed Nettle as well. As they walked the Cannibals started itching. The three brothers no longer itched much to their surprise. When they got to the Cannibals village in the woods, they locked them all up in a little round shack.

They were itching so much that they first wanted to try and get rid of the itching before they made a meal of their prisoners.

In the hut Nettle tapped on her coconut, and low and behold, the coconut produced a plant that started growing up to the roof of the hut. She tapped the coconut again, and the plant which had now become a tree, broke through the roof and kept on growing into the sky.

“Quick, climb up the tree,” Nettle shouted to the brothers. Then she followed them.

The Cannibals ran to the hut, and climbed up after them.

Nettle tapped on the tree again, and it started to slowly bend down to the ground. They jumped off and she tapped on the tree again.

The tree shot up and the Cannibals all went flying in different directions.

Nettle and the three brothers quickly ran to their village in the valley. While the brothers were telling their parents about their close escape, the youngest looked at Nettle who was standing close to him.

“But Nettle, I don’t understand it. Why are we no longer itching when you are close to us.”

Nettle had forgotten. “Oh, it’s wonderful, it worked.”

“What worked Nettle?”

“The magician said that if I saved somebody, I would no longer cause itching.”

“That’s wonderful, Nettle. Now you can be our friend.”

And from that day forth, Nettle became very popular and the three brothers became her best friends.

About the Author

Anita Hasch and her family live on a homestead near Port

Elizabeth, South Africa.

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