The Hawks

This is a story of a family of Hawks that lived on a tree near the lake in the dense forest. The family included Hawk, Female-Hawk and their Kid-Hawks. There lived a Lion, a Kingfisher and a Turtle on the northern, the Eastern and the southern shore of this lake respectively.

One day, the Female-Hawk asked her husband, “Sweetheart, how many friends do you have living near by?”

The Male-Hawk replied, “I do have many friends, but not one in this part of the Forest.”

The Female-Hawk said, “Dear, you must find some friends those who stay near by. At least, we should have some one who can help us in times of trouble or danger.”

The Male-Hawk asked, “With whom shall I make friends?”

The Female-Hawk suggested “You can make friends with the Kingfisher, the Lion and the Turtle who lives on the Eastern, the Northern & the southern shore of this lake”.

The Male-Hawk liked the idea and went to the Lion, the Kingfisher and the turtle and made friends with them. Everyone was happy to make a new friend. Everything was going smooth in their life.

Then one day, some men came to the Forest for hunting. They took to hunt in the Forest from morning till evening. It was geting dark and they could not make a single hunt. They did not want to go home empty-handed, so they went to the lake thinking they would find animals there.

After the whole day, they were tired. When they could not locate anything even on the lake, one of them said, “let us stay here tonight and see what we can find in the morning.” All of them agreed to the proposal. They made themselves for beds of leaves and lay down to sleep. They made their beds under the tree in which the Hawk family had it’s nest. The Hunters could not sleep because there were a lot of flies and mosquitos.

Ultimately, they got up and built a fire, so that the smoke would drive away flies and mosquitoes. The smoke awoke the Hawks and the kid-hawks cried Out. Hearing the cries of the Kid-Hawks, one of the hunters said to the other, “Did you hear that? That was the cry of the birds. They will make well for our breakfast. There are young ones in this nest” pointing towards the nest. The Hunters put more wood on fire and the blaze made it up.

The Hawks listened to the conversation of The Hunters. The Female-Hawk got frightened and said to her husband, “These men are planning to eat our young ones. We have to ask our friends to save us. Ask the Kingfisher to help us, as we are in danger.”

The Male-Hawk speedily flew to the Kingfisher’s nest and woke him up. The Kingfisher asked the Hawk, “Why have you come at this late hour of night?”

The Male-Hawk explained the situation to the Kingfisher.

The Kingfisher consoled the Hawk and Said, “Do not worry my friend. I will help you. Go back and comfort your mate. I am just coming “.

The Male-Hawk flew back to his nest and the Kingfisher quickly came for his help. Arriving there, The Kingfisher saw the burning fire and instantly, beating the water with his wings sprinkled water on the fire and put it out. The Hunters made another fire. The Kingfisher put out the fire once again.

As Often as a fire was made, the Kingfisher put it out. By the midnight, the Kingfisher got very tired. The Female-Hawk noticed the condition of the Kingfisher and said to her husband, “The Kingfisher is tired. Go and ask the Turtle to come and help us. The Kingfisher needs to take some rest”.

The Male-Hawk flew down quickly and told the Kingfisher, “Rest a while friend. I am going to get the Turtle for more help”.

Subsequently, The Male-Hawk flew towards the southern shore of the Lake and got the Turtle wakened. The Turtle asked the Hawk, “friend what happened? Why have you Come?”

The Male-Hawk Replied, “A threat has come to us” and told the whole story about the hunters. He said, “The Kingfisher has been working for hours and he is tired by now, that is why I have come to you”.

At once, the Turtle said, “I will help you”.

After this, the Turtle came to recue the Hack’s. He dived into the water, collected some mud and put the fire out with it. Seeing the Turtle, the Hunters shouted, “Why bother for Young Hawks? Let us kill this Turtle. It will make a nice breakfast for us. We have to be careful it will otherwise bite us. Let us throw a net over it and turn it over.”

They did not have a net with them, so they took some vines and torus of their clothes to make a net.

When they tried to put the net over the Turtle, They could not roll over him. Instead, the Turtle dived down into the lake making their efforts vain. The hunters got so impatient to get the Turtle they went down into the deep cold water of the lake but could not catch the Turtle. When they came out of the lake, they said, “Half of the night, a Kingfisher kept putting out fire. Now, we have our clothes torn and got wet while trying to get this turtle. Let us now make another fire and eat those young hawks at sunrise.” With this, they started making another fire.

The Female-Hawk was hearing “The conversation of the Hunters. She said to her husband, “I am afraid, sooner or later these men will get our young ones. Go and ask our friend, the Lion to help us.”

The Male-Hawk flew to the Lion at once. The Lion asked the Hawk, “Why have you come at this late hour of night?” The Hawk narrated him the whole story and how the Kingfisher and the Turtle helped him.

Said the Lion, “Do not worry friend. I will just come. You go back and comfort your mate and the Young Ones “.

Soon the Lion came roaring at the place where the Hunters had camped. Hearing the Lion’s roar, cried the Hunters, “Now, all of us would be killed”. They ran away as fast as they could have ran. When the Lion approached the Tree, not even a single hunter was visible. At that time, the Kingfisher and the Turtle came back. The Hawks were happy to find the Hunters gone. They appreciated the efforts made by all of the friends and lived happily with each other there after.

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