The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Once upon a time there was a city called Hamelin, where all who lived there were happy, or at least they were until an invasion of mice arrived and filled all their streets and houses with these harmless but bothersome animals.
The main problem with the mice was that they were eating all of the crops, and the people were afraid they would be left without food for the coming months. For this reason, the mayor of the city offered a large sum of money to whoever could get rid of all of the mice.
Among those who appeared was a piper who was determined to end the infestation. The mayor accepted and the piper began to play his flute to try to attract the mice. A short while after starting to play his pleasant melody, one by one all of the mice in the town began to follow him away from the city, little by little, until they arrived to a river where all of the mice drowned.
It was then that the piper returned to the city to collect his bountiful earnings. But it turned out that the mayor and his friends, seeing that their problem was taken care of, thought, why should they now pay this good man who had helped rid their city of the dangerous mouse infestation? And so they decided not to pay the piper.
This made the piper angry and he decided he would play his flute again, but this time, the ones following him would not be mice but instead the children of the town! And as he thought, so he did. No matter how much the parents called out to their children, the children wouldn’t listen.
Finally, the piper had taken them very far away, and as the city was now without children, the people there were forever full of sadness. This taught a great lesson to the mayor as well as his citizens…