In a small orchard not too far from here
A little girl emerged timidly from her home every day
To collect water from the fountain in the orchard that people traveled far and wide to attain
But one day, after a terrible storm
The fountain did not yield any water to the poor girl.
And then the fountain yielded water.
The girl went home but did not come back the next day
And the day after
Her mother asked why her daughter was hesistant to return to the fountain
The daughter responded that she had taken too much of its water in her greed
And the fountain punished her
Her mother replied that the storm caused a fracture in the pipe that provided water to the fountain
A fracture that was promptly fixed, her mother assured the child
Still the child did not return
In her greed, she had taken too much water
She would never take the water again
But the tourists still took the water everyday without fail or hesitation
And each day the fountain yielded its contents to the tourists
Why did she get punished?
The mother chided her again that the storm caused the fountain to malfunction
But one night
The girl returned to the fountain for the last time
And took it apart brick by brick
And she threw each brick into a different vast ocean
So she could return all the water she took from the fountain
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