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One day, a fly got caught in a spider's web. As the spider came down to wrap its prey in web, the fly did some quick thinking.

"What a beautiful web you have made" commented the fly. "The design is simply breathtaking".

"Thank you" replied the spider, rather flattered. But she began to start spinning anyway.

"Your eyes!" cried the fly. "You have the most beautiful eyes of any creature I have ever seen. So red and shiny-"

The spider smiled, but did not stop in her spinning.

"You are so beautiful, you are fit to be queen" said the fly, now rather panicky.

"In fact," he continued, "my great-great-great grandmother has the most beautiful crown, made of real spider silk. It would fit you perfectly."

"A crown?" asked the spider, pausing now.

"Absolutely!" agreed the fly. "You must believe me, it is the most beautiful crown--encrusted with dew drops from a rose and the eyes of a butterfly. None but you are fit to wear it. I could bring it to you, if you would let me go for a moment to get it."

The spider considered this a moment. What was one fly to a crown? So, the spider let the flattering fly go, hoping he would bring her back the crown. Of course, he never came back.

Moral: Flattery is a powerful tool.
Written into dA, entry for Fable Me This hosted by ^fllnthblnk

*sighs*
I'm kind of getting annoyed with these dA contests. You think, just one more contest and then I'll get back to my writing... and then Oi!

This isn't at all what I planned. I was going to re-write "The Ugly Duckling" from the point of view of one of the yellow ducks. Because, as you probably won't know, there's nothing I love more then looking at the something from a different angle.

However, I was watching Drake & Josh, and there's this episode where Drake goes to work at Josh's Cinema and works his charms on the manager. Inspiration FTW!

As far as I know, although I won't pretend I know my fables beyond Aesop.... this fable has not been done before. It is entirely of my own invention, although I believe it will be a matter of common observance that almost anyone can be won with flattery.

And there you have... my Fable! :bow:
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:iconangelichope:
angelichope Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Seriously cool!!:D
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Venry Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student General Artist
I like the light tone--well done!
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thannks
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wyldhoney Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I like the way you can feel the fly's increasing panic, and how you can almost hear the click in the spider's head when she changes her mind.
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Aro-chan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks =) Appreciated.
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msklystron Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love this. The best part is the butterfly eyes. It's a little detail that the clever fly adds to his yarn to make the spider doubt the lie just long enough to pause. The fly is clearly a writer.:D

Fix one little thing: Make the hyphen after the word 'crown' an em-dash by adding a second dash. Then this will be perfect.:)
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Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You're right! It looks so much better that way. I wouldn't say perfect but I was pleased with the way this came out :blushes:
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msklystron Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Perfection is over-rated.;)
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Aro-chan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:highfive: to that one!
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msklystron Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You could still do the duckling one!

Anyway, it is an observation I've seen before with some kind of predatory-prey relationship, but I think you've done a good job saying it so directly and in particular for a young audience. It'd be cool to see this illustrated.
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Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Too lazy :D

Hey, are you saying it's been done >.> I tell you, there's nothing left to write about anymore.
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Laziness is great.

Yep, everything's been done. The trick is adding your own style to it (which has happened here).
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Aw. Thanks =)
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RawPoetry Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Photographer
I love this! Delightfully fun to read! :D
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Think it's a winner ;)
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dd45 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cute! :D
kind of reversed of the Fox & Crow story i made up for my daughter when she was little.
good luck in the contest. :)
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Really? What was that about O_o I need it :XD:
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dd45 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was about a fox and a crow. ;P
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ya don't say :O_o:
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dd45 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ya see, i'm faced with a slight dilemma (or conundrum, take your pick)
... if i put it in the comments i'll feel like i'm hijacking your page & i respect you & your work too much to do that.
... if i post it then you would not be able to use it (as inspiration or whatever) without trolls giving you grief...
:confused:
i'll figure something out :nod:
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Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've already written my entry =) I won't be submitting another one. Someone else might troll it though- I don't know. Upto you.
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dd45 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaarrrggghhhh..... :pirate:

trying to submit as prose... it needs a thumbnail image?!
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Um, btw you know that when I said "I need it" I meant, the luck right?
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ArtSoul777 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
I adored it :D
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:iconaro-chan:
Aro-chan Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks- fav it, I might get a mention.
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