short stories

Believe, a short story by Gail Berry

Believe: The Short Story

One night the turtle said to his friend the frog: “Would you like to fly with me through the stars tonight to meet the moon?” The frog, who thought the turtle a silly kidder, replied, “Turtle, I don’t believe anyone can fly, much less a fellow who carries a shell such as yours.” “Well, come […]

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The Fence

The Fence

Once upon a time, there was a young boy with a very bad temper. To teach the boy a lesson, his father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence. On the first day of this lesson, the […]

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What Time Is It?, a short story by Gail Berry

What Time Is It?

“What time is it, Grandfather? Nap time? Play time?” teased the little boy. “I will give you an answer that you won’t understand, but maybe you’ll remember,” the old man said as he pulled the little boy onto his lap. “All right,” said the boy. “When I was your age, time stretched out before me […]

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What Is Truth? by Gail Berry

What Is Truth?

In a small Indian village, not far from Mexico City, on a starry bright winter’s night, a child was born. Her mother died in childbirth; her father named her Sorrow. She grew up a happy child. All her life she was glad. Then one day a wise man asked her how, with the name of […]

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What Is Love! by Gail Berry

What Is Love!

You know when you don’t have it, but you don’t always know when you do have it. It happens quickly and it takes time. You can’t make it come. You can’t hold it to you. Love is free – a gift and it costs mightily. There aren’t any words that truly describe it. Love is […]

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The Two Wolves, a Cherokee legend

Native American Wisdom: The Two Wolves

Which wolf will win? The good one or the bad one? The answer? The one you feed.

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The Wishing Box by Gail Berry

The Wishing Box

The Wishing Box short story by Gail Berry “I have a present for you,” she said, “It was given to me by a very special friend. “He told me: ‘This is a gift for giving, not for keeping!’ I held onto it for quite a few years anyway — afraid of losing things, I guess. […]

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The Tree of Life by Gail Berry

The Tree of Life

“Deep within the forest is the golden tree, the Tree of Life. Let your quest be for that and none other,” the old woman replied. “Some seek it for its golden leaves and dreams of riches. They do not find it. And some, some look for healing from its roots; some of those do find […]

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The Unicorn by Gail Berry

The Unicorn

When the Lord made the world, He created the heavens and the ocean and the dear earth. He created the stars and the sun and the moon. Then He called forth the first creature and said, “You are to guard this world. Where you walk, there will be no pain. Go unicorn.” And the unicorn […]

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The White Knight by Gail Berry

The White Knight

Have you heard the song of The Great Knight Stephen? He was the bravest of the brave — no adventure was too dangerous. The White Knight he was called — he was untarnished in principle and ideal and unbeaten in battle. The sage warned him his greatest challenge would be in love. He loved first […]

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