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One fine afternoon, Coiny was walking by the river when his friend Tennis Ball coming towards him carrying a large fish. Coiny loved to eat fish, though he was much to lazy to catch them himself.

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Where did you get that fish?

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I caught it today when I was fishing.

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I wanna learn to catch fish too! Will you teach me?

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Certainly! Meet me by the river tomorrow. We will go fishing together. Two can do twice the work of one.
But Coiny did not intend to do any work at all.

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*talking to himself* Tennis Ball's so slow. I will trick him into doing all the work. Then I will take the fish for myself.
But Tennis Ball was not so slow as Coiny thought. Early the next morning, Tennis Ball arrived.

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Are you ready to get started Coiny?

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Yes! I have been waiting a long time. I wanna learn to catch fish as well as you do.

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First we make a net. Netmaking is hard work. When I do it myself, I work and get tired. But since there are two of us, We can share the task. One of us can work while the other gets tired.

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I don't wanna get tired. I'll make the net. You can get tired.

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Alright.
Tennis Ball showed Coiny how to weave a net. Then he lay down on the riverbank.

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This is hard work.

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I know. I'm getting very tired.
Coiny worked all day weaving the net. The harder he worked, the more tired Tennis Ball grew. He yawned and stretched, and finally he went to sleep. After many hours the net was done.

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Wake up Tennis Ball! The net is done!
Tennis Ball finally woke up.

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The net is strong and light. You are a fine netmaker, Coiny. I know you worked hard because I am very tired. I am so tired, I have to go home and sleep. Meet me here tomorrow. We will catch fish then.
The next morning Tennis Ball met Coiny by the river again.

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Today we are going to set the net in the river. That is hard work. Yesterday you worked while I got tired, so today I'll work while you get tired.

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No, no! I would rather work than get tired!

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Alright.
So while Coiny worked hard all day setting the net in the river, Tennis Ball lay on the riverbank, getting so tired he finally fell asleep.

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Wake up Tennis Ball. The net is set. I'm ready to start catching fish.

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I'm too tired to do any more today Coiny. Meet me here tomorrow. We'll catch fish then.
Tennis Ball met Coiny on the riverbank the next morning.

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I can hardly wait to catch fish.

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That's good. Catching fish is hard work. You worked hard these past two days, Coiny. I think I should work today and let you get tired.

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Oh no! I want to catch fish. I don't want to get tired.

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Alright, whatever you wish.
Coiny worked hard all day pulling the net out of the river while Tennis Ball lay back, getting very very tired. How pleased Coiny was to find a large fish caught in the net!

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What do we do now?

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Now we cook the fish. Cooking is hard work. I think I should cook while you get tired.

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No! I wanna cook the fish while you get tired.
While Tennis Ball watched, Coiny built a fire and cooked the fish from head to tail.

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That smells delicious! You are a good cook, Coiny. And you worked hard, I know, because I am very, very tired. Now it is time to eat the fish. When I eat by myself, I eat and get full. Since there are two of us, we should share the task. One of us should eat while the other gets full. Which do you wanna do?

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I wanna get full!

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Then I will eat.
Tennis Ball began to eat while Coiny lay back and waited for his stomach to get full.

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Are you full yet?

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Not yet. Keep eating.

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Are you full yet?

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No. Keep eating.
Tennis Ball ate some more.

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Are you full yet?

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Not at all. I'm as empty as when you started.

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That's too bad because I'm full and all the fish is gone.

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What?!
It was true. Tennis Ball had eaten the whole fish.

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You tricked me!

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I did not!

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You did! You made me do all the work, then you ate the fish yourself. You won't get away with this. I am going to the Justice Tree.
Coiny ran to the Justice Tree. Spongy sat beneath its branches. Spongy was a fair and honest judge. Some objects brought their quarrels to him.

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What do you want Coiny?

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I want justice. Tennis Ball tricked me. We went fishing together. He tricked me into doing all the work, then he ate the fish himself. He deserves to be punished.
Spongy knew how lazy Coiny was. He couldn't imagine him working hard at anything.

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Did you really do all the work?

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Yes.

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What did you do?

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I wove the net, I set it in the river, I caught the fish and I cooked it.

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That is a lot of work. You must have gotten tired.

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No. I didn't get tired at all. Tennis Ball got tired, not me.

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Tennis Ball got tired? What did he do?

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Nothing!

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If he did nothing, why did he get tired? Coiny, I don't believe you. No one gets tired by doing nothing. If Tennis Ball got tired, then he must have done all the work. You aren't telling the truth. Go home and stop making trouble.
Spongy had spoken. There was nothing more to be said. Coiny went home and it was a long time before he went to talk to Tennis Ball again.