Once there was a dwarf whose job it was to lift a heavy rock. His boss was an angry giant.
The dwarf would struggle all day under the giant's supervision. And as long as the giant was watching, the dwarf was unable to lift the rock. So the giant would yell at the dwarf and call him names.
Well, every day, the giant would leave and a unicorn would show up. Daily, as the unicorn watched, the dwarf would lift the rock.
Then, the giant would return and the unicorn would leave. The rock would fall. And just as before, the giant would look on as the dwarf became (again) unable to lift the heavy stone.
One day, the giant left and the dwarf followed him. The dwarf wished to know why the giant was such a great and powerful man. The giant was headed toward his house. So the dwarf went ahead of the giant to hide in a place where he could watch.
As the dwarf was hiding, he saw the unicorn leaving the giant's home. Moments later, the giant arrived and went in. From his hiding place, the dwarf observed the giant talking to a beautiful maiden.
"This must be the giant's beautiful wife" thought the dwarf. "Some day, I will have a beautiful wife. And then, I will also be great and powerful!"
As the dwarf observed, the maiden and the giant got into an argument. The giant left: He was very angry! Running ahead of him, the dwarf returned to his job. A short time later, the giant arrived.
"You are small and weak" the Giant told the dwarf. "You will never be able to lift the heavy rock." But then something happened that had never happened before: The dwarf lifted the heavy stone as the giant looked on.
With such rigorous exercise, the dwarf in short time became a giant. He married the maiden. And he became the boss.
Another dwarf took his place at lifting the rock. The new dwarf was small and weak. And he was never able to lift the heavy stone as long as the giant-who-used-to-be-a-dwarf watched.
Always angry, the giant-who-used-to-be-a-dwarf would yell and call the new dwarf names. And the giant-who-used-to-be-a-dwarf never saw the unicorn again.
(About: This is an original story I wrote. As the reader, you must decide who is the hero: The dwarf, the giant, the maiden, or the unicorn? I find it very sad that the unicorn was never seen again!)
Submitted by: Brett Robertson