The Story of The Good Sea Monster

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Long time ago, there lived a sea monster on an island of rocks out in the ocean. His head was large and when he used to open his mouth, it looked like a cave. It is  said that he was so huge that he could swallow a ship. On stormy nights he used to sit on the rocks and the flashing of his eyes could be seen for miles around.

The sailors were always scared of him but the sea monster had really been a friend to them. He showed them the rocks in the storm by flashing his eyes but since he looked so frightful, everyone thought that he must be a cruel monster.

One night there was a terrible storm, the monster went out into the ocean to see if any ships were broken that night and if possible help anyone who might be in need.

He found one little boy floating about on a plank. His name was Ko-Ko. When he saw the monster he got afraid, but when Ko-Ko saw that the monster did not attempt to harm him, he climbed on the monster’s back who took him to the rocky island. 

Then the monster went back into the sea and Ko-Ko thought, “ there’s no one here I’m all alone.” But after a while the monster returned and opened his mouth very wide. Ko-Ko ran when he saw the huge mouth thinking that monster was going to swallow him. But seeing him run away, the monster closed his mouth.

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Ko-Ko realized that monster was not trying to swallow him, so he returned back. Monster once again opened his mouth. Ko-ko asked “Do you want me to go inside?” The monster nodded his head.  “It must be for my own good,” said Ko-Ko, “for he could easily swallow me if he wished, without waiting for me to walk in.”

So Ko-Ko walked into the big mouth, it was a dark passage. Ko -Ko  saw a table, chair and a stove inside the cave,”I will take these out,” said Ko-Ko, “for I am sure I can use them.”

He took them to a cave on the island and when he returned the monster was gone, but soon the monster returned and again he opened his mouth.

Ko-Ko walked in this time without waiting and found boxes and barrels of food, which he stored away in the cave. When Ko-Ko had removed everything from inside, the monster lay down and went to sleep.

Ko-Ko cooked his dinner and he woke up the monster, “Dinner is ready,” but the monster shook his head and jumped into the ocean. He soon returned with his mouth full of fish. Then Ko-Ko knew that the monster had brought all the things from the sunken ship for him. Ko-Ko was no longer afraid of him and wished the monster could speak.

 

“I wish you could talk,” he said.

“I can,” the monster replied. “No one ever wished it before. An old witch changed me into a monster and put me on this island, where no one could reach me and the only way I can be restored to my original form is for someone to wish it.”

“I wish it,” said Ko-Ko.

“You have had your wish,” said the monster, “I can talk, but for me to become a man someone else must wish it by their own choice”

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The monster and Ko-Ko lived for a long time on the island. He took Ko-Ko for long rides on his back and looked after him. One night, after a storm, Ko-Ko saw something floating on the water, he jumped on the monster’s back and they swam out to it.

It was little girl, about Ko-Ko’s age, so they brought her to the island too.

At first the girl was afraid of the monster, but when she knew that he had saved Ko-Ko as well and brought them food she was not afraid of him anymore. “I wish he was a man,” she said one day, as she sat on his back with Ko-Ko, ready for a sail. Splash !! both of them went  into the water. 

In place of the monster, now there was an old man. He carried them in his arms and brought them to the shore. “Now that you are a man, what will we do for food?” asked Ko-Ko.

“We don’t need anything now!” replied the old man. “I am a sea-god and can do many things, now that I have my own form again. We will change this island into a beautiful garden and when the little girl and you will grow up and get married you shall have a castle and all the sea-gods and nymphs will care for you. You will never need anything again.”

So Ko-Ko and the little girl lived on the enchanted island, and all the things that the old sea-god promised came true.

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