Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Kank and his Shadow. A Dark Sun Fable.

A traveler hired a kank and his owner to carry him across the desert. The day being intensely hot, and the sun at high sun, the traveler stopped to rest, and sought shelter from the heat under the shadow of the kank. As this afforded only protection for one, and as the traveler and the owner of the kank both claimed it, a violent dispute arose between them as to which of them had the right to the shadow. The owner maintained that he had lent the kank only, and not his shadow. The traveler asserted that he had, with the hire of the kank, hired his shadow also. The quarrel proceeded from words to blows, and while the men fought, the kank ran off. Both men died, for the kank carried all of their water.

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