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Patxi the Blacksmith

This is a traditional story from the Basque Country.

Once upon a time there was a blacksmith called Patxi in Mount Aralar. Hell decided to take Patxi away and so they sent a demon called Zart. He arrived at Patxi’s house they had breakfast together. When Zart wanted to stand up, he couldn’t; he was glued to the chair. He was stuck to the chair for three years. Then Patxi set fire to the glue and Zart went running quickly to hell to tell everyone what had happened.

Hell still wanted to take Patxi and sent another demon called Axut. Zart called out to Axut “If he asks you to sit down, don’t!”

“Okay, thanks.” said Axut.

Axut found Patxi the blacksmith. They had breakfast and Patxi asked him to sit down.
“No thanks. I don’t need to sit down,” said Axut.

“Fine, but I think you need to lie down,” answered Patxi.

“Alright”, said Axut and he lay down on the bed. A few minutes later Patxi spoke to the demon Axut. “I’m ready to go, are you?” But Axut was glued to the bed and he was stuck to the bed for three years. Then he escaped and ran to hell and told everyone what had happened.

Hell still wanted to take Patxi and sent the last demon, Gatz. The other two demons, Zart and Axut, said, “If he asks you to sit down or lie down, don’t.”

The last demon found Patxi. Patxi asked him if he wanted to sit down or lie down but Gatz replied that he didn’t.

“Fine,” said Patxi. ”Would you like some apples from the tree?”

“Yes, please.”

Gatz the demon went to the tree and was glued to the tree. He was stuck to the tree for three years. Then he escaped and ran to hell to tell everyone what had happened.

Years later, Patxi died. After he died he went to hell, but when the demons saw who was coming they closed the doors and Patxi did not enter hell.

Jon from Spain.

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The Kind Beggar

Once there was a kind beggar in America. One day fairy god mother came to him. She told that she was pleased by his kindness,and gave him a wishing jug. The next day the,beggar wished to marry the princess of America. After some days they got married, the king died. the kind beggar was the new king. He ruled the kingdom wisely and lived happily. It is happy ending. Do not you agree?

Adreeja and Rosetta from India

Once upon a time, in Holland, a prince, very rich prince, wanted to marry a princess who was very beautiful and very smart and very discerning. And very rich, too! He galloped all around his country, but there was no princess had all of these terms. He was sad very much, and his parents were very worried, too.

One day, when all of people in prince's palace, there was a very very heavy storm. A girl knocked at the door. The King opened the door.

- Who are you? - The King asked.
- I am a princess. I am the princess who your prince wanted.
- Ok. Come in.

The King and the princess came into the palace. The Queen put a pea under twenty cushions. It is the bed of the Princess. She thanked them and went to bed.

Next morning, in the breakfast, the Queen asked the princess:

- Princess, did you sleep soundly?
- Oh, I couldn't sleep because under my bed, there was a small stone hurt me.

The Queen nodded. She was the most discerning princess she ever seen. The prince also like her because she was the most beautiful princess he ever seen.

After the breakfast, the prince tested her. He wrote on the paper two math problems:

  1. Natural numbers from 1 until 11 was written by a natural order. Next, plused one number of these order with the it's order, we have a sum. You must prove: all of sums, we always found two sums and their difference devided 10.
  2. On the board, there was natural numbers: 1,2,3,...,1993,1994. You must do that work like this: rub two number of this order, then replace them by their absolute value of difference, then do it again until there was one number on the board. You must prove: The last number was not 0.

15 minutes later, the princess had done. Now, the prince believe her and married her. After that, they lived very happy.

T hen the prince was King, and the princess was Queen, the prince and his soldier fighted the agrressors, the princess manage her country very good. The prince had won, the princess was very happy.

You are the best wife. - He said.

Now the pea is put on a museum with the two math problem. Can you solve them?

The end

Tien Nguyen from Hong Kong

In the forest in India there are many village one of them is in west bengal named karandhighi so people living there knowed a house of ghost where if any people goes the people dies so one day i went there and saw a women dressing into ghost dress so i told to every villagers and they all punished the women.

Sayoni from India

Once upon a time, there was a mother rabbit who lived with her three little rabbits, Harry, Henry and Herny in a house. One day, mother rabbit had to go to Aunt Eva’s house but couldn’t bring her little rabbits to her house. So she said ,”I have to go to Aunt Eva’s house.You need to study hard. Bye bye!” But once mother rabbit went away, Harry and Henry started to play. When dinner time was ready, only Herny made the dinner. When mother rabbit came back, she said,” Thank goodness! Why only Herny is making dinner?

Nethinim from Hong Kong

Hello, I`m a Finnish girl.
Nice story! I like.:)