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王譽喬 WONG ADELAIDE (10)
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Jimanju was a village in which people grew sugar cane to produce fine brown sugar - The “Jimanju Brown“. It was famous and sold around the world as the key ingredient for all sorts of delicacies - macaroons, lollipops and cupcakes.
There was a large bee hive close to the
village. The villagers hated the bees because they thought that they would sting and also looked hideous.
One day a bee called Buzzy landed after a routine patrol. His friend, Bumble, noticed his long face. “What's up, Buzzy?” asked Bumble.
“I was in the village just now but
the villagers drove me away with sticks.” Buzzy complained, “Why do people hate us?”
Bumble replied, “Because we are BEES! We just don’t get along!”
“But we are kind and hardworking insects! When will their attitude change?” mumbled Buzzy.
One morning, Buzzy was on regular patrol, enjoying the warm sunlight and wonderful scent of the crops. Not long ago, they had laboured to collect nectar during the flowering season.
Buzzy thought, “Now the crops are mature and ready for harvest. I am glad that we had done our best
during the flowering season.”
As he hoovered, Buzzy spotted some suspicious intruders among the crops, spying with creepy eyes.
“They are definitely not up to anything good!” he thought.
Buzzy silently landed to take a closer look. He found that they were locusts sent to spy out
the land! They were too excited to notice Buzzy and babbled on, “Look at the juicy leaves! We’ll call everyone to a feast!”. Then they shuffled off.
Buzzy was shocked and hurried back to the hive.
Buzzy told the Queen and the colony what
he heard and urged them to stop the locusts, which brought up a heated debate.
“We are so little, how can we help the humans?” cried one bee.
Another bee concurred, “They never liked us. Why should we help them? After all, we have completed collecting nectar this year.
We'll lose nothing if their crops were chewed up.”
The hive was stirred up in a loud buzz.
“QUIET!” the Queen exclaimed, “We are a noble kind. We help those in need. If the locusts destroy their crops, the villagers will lose everything and the next flowering season will be
delayed. In the end, we'll all suffer. So, let's stop the disaster.”
The whole colony agreed with the Queen. Bumble stepped forward and proposed, “Let’s get ready to fight against these pesky locusts!”
The next morning, the bees were fully equipped to fight.
A cloud of locusts darkened the sky as they arrived. Thousands of locusts flew across the field and started to guzzle up the crops. The villagers ran out and shouted, “Oh no! Our crops!”.
The Queen ordered, “ATTACK!!!”
The bees fought at three levels.
In mid-air, they sprayed a cloud of pollen to confuse the enemy. At ground level, they hurled lumps of wax at the locusts with honeycomb cannons. Up above, a brigade flew in formation to rain droplets of honey on to the locusts. The locusts were cornered, grounded and stuck in
wax and honey.
It was a landslide victory. The locusts pleaded for mercy and stopped fighting. They picked up the wounded and fled.
The villagers were amazed, “Thank you, bees! You saved us. We are sorry to have disliked you before. Now we know that you are generous and noble."
Buzzy was delighted that the bees had taken actions that changed attitudes and built new relations.
Now the villagers also grew other crops so that the bees had nectar supply all year round. In return, the bees offered to the Jimanju people honey in many flavours.
The villagers and
the bees got along well with each other. As a matter of fact, the villagers put an image of a bee on the Jimanju flag.
The “Jimanju Gold” became a renowned brand of honey that brought much income to the people of Jimanju.1 / 15