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The Power of a Moment – Short Story

There stood an Oak overlooking the mountains. The cows grazed on the pastures from dawn to dusk. Life was beautiful.

He had just woken up when he saw Moment passing by.
“Hey Moment, can we talk?” Oak asked. “Not now… I am on an errand,” said Moment grimly.
“I have a challenging task for you,” he said, “I wonder if you can do it,” he smirked.
“What’s the task you want me to do?”
“It’s right there on the top of that mountain… I have been overlooking these mountains and have seen so much hardness there – neither the sun nor the water nor the wind have been able to soften it.”
“Is it too strong even for me; for who can withstand me? I am patient and always on the move. I’ll take up the new assignment,” boasted Moment.

“Oh dear, I have stood here for ages and I haven’t seen a thing move on the top. It shines brightest and it rains hardest too. The wind can blow off my top but not that of the mountain,” warned Oak.

“OK I’ll do my bit and let’s see what you have to say,” said Moment.
“Are you sure you are up to the challenge?” mocked Oak.
“Of course, no challenge is too big for me,” maintained Moment. So off it went looking for a way to meet the challenge head-on.

It went to a newly married couple first.

Suddenly they woke up in the morning wanting to go on an expedition.

“It will be fun,” they said to each other as they packed their bags and set off in their car.

“Hey look, there’s a fire already to keep us warm,” chirped the husband as they finally reached the top of the mountain.
“Come on and warm yourself up.”
“Oh dear, so warm and nice,” said the wife.
“Take a drink… it was a long climb.”
“Yes it was. What’s next?” she asked.

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