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TOWARDS and AWAY


One day many years ago, a fisherman's wife blessed her husband with twin sons.
They loved the children very much, but couldn't think of what to name their
children. Finally, after several days, the fisherman said, "Let's not
decide on names right now. If we wait a little while, the names will simply
occur to us." After several weeks had passed, the fisherman and his wife
noticed a peculiar fact. When left alone, one of the boys would also turn
towards the sea, while the other boy would face inland. It didn't matter which
way the parents positioned the children, the same child always faced the same
direction. "Let's call the boys Towards and Away," suggested the
fisherman. His wife agreed, and from that point on, the boys were simply known
as TOWARDS and AWAY. The years passed and the lads grew tall and strong. The day
came when the ageing fisherman said to his sons, "Boys, it is time that you
learned how to make a living from the sea." They set in provisions on their
ship, said their good-byes and set sail for a three-month voyage. The three
months passed quickly for the fisherman's wife, yet the ship had not returned.
Another three months passed, and still no ship. A whole year passed before the
grieving woman saw a lone man walking towards her house. She recognised him as
her husband. "My goodness! What has happened to my darling boys?" she
cried. The ragged fisherman began to tell his story: "We were just barely
one whole day out to sea, when Towards hooked into a great fish. Towards fought
long and hard, but the fish was more than his equal. For a whole week, they
wrestled upon the waves without either of them letting up. Yet eventually the
great fish started to win the battle, and Towards was pulled over the side of
our ship. He was swallowed whole, and we never saw either of them again."
"Oh dear, that must have been terrible! What a huge fish that must of been!
What a horrible fish. What a horrible fish." "Yes, it was, but you
should have seen the one that got Away...."


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