There lived two close friends in a village and were very fond of traveling. One day they went to a forest to see the natural beauty and walking along the path of the forest. They were so spell bound by the excitement of the forest that they even did not notice that they had entered into the deep forest.
Suddenly they noticed that they had lost their way. They knew it very well that the forest was abode of various wild animals. So, they promised to one another that they would never leave each other in times of danger.
One friend knew how to climb on a tree but the other did not. Both started walking through the jungle and searching the way to get out. All of sudden, they saw a bear coming towards them and both got frightened.
One friend said, “Dear friend, I will climb up a tree. As you don’t know how to climb, you better run away.” The other friend became very disappointed hearing this. But he knew that a bear doesn’t eat a dead body. So, finding no other way, he capitalized the idea and fell flat on the ground like a dead person.
When he guessed that the bear was just beside him, he stopped breathing. The bear smelt the body of the lying friend and thought him to be a dead body. So, it did not injure him and went away gently.
The friend on the tree saw everything. When the bear went away, he got down from the tree. He went to his friend and asked him eagerly. “Dear friend, what did the bear whisper into your ear?” In reply the friend said,
“Bear told me that a friend in need is a friend indeed”.
At this, the false friend felt embarrassed and apologize for his mistake.
Moral: A true friend will be with you in good times and bad times.