The seven Samurais
A story created by Karabatsis Stavros
FCE class (2003-04)
Once upon a time, away from the western civilizations, there was an emperor who wanted to control the farmers’ taxes. To achieve that, he announced to his people that the bravest samurais would be chosen by the emperor to collect the taxes from the farmers.
To show they are appropriate for that they had to do hara kiri, a Japanese way of killing yourself. If they managed to survive, they would be able to serve their master. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be able to do that.
Thousands and thousands arrived from the whole country, but none of them survived the hara kiri. The king was depressed and started thinking that he would never find someone too brave and too strong to survive from that.
One day, seven men arrived from an unknown province, saying that they wanted to see the emperor and show him what they could do. When they reached the throne the emperor told them to show him their strength.
The first one took his sword out of its place and nailed it to his stomach. A loud scream came out of his mouth. He pooled the sword out and fell on the ground. The emperor’s doctors ran to the samurai and checked him. Then they said to everyone present: He survived. This was like a dragons’ fly at the emperor’s ears. The same thing happened with the other six samurais.
The emperor was so happy that he planned a fest around the whole empire. Everyone was there: dancers, wizards, clowns, men who could swallow fireballs, acrobats even dragons had come to celebrate for the seven samurais.
But after they started collecting the taxes, mass revolutions started bursting out all over the empire because the samurais where cruel to the farmers after the emperor’s order. The emperor didn’t worry because he thought that if the samurais survived from the hara kiri, they would be able to save him in case the revolutioners broke into the palace.
His fears came true. After few months the revolution had spread around his empire and the villagers’ forces had come in front of his palace and they were trying to enter. The emperor ordered the seven samurais to come and stand around him and protect him. But for his bad luck they didn’t listen to him. When he ordered them again they turned at his side and told him”Oh, glory Sang Lee, star of the stars, king of the kings, we were sent by your Gods who wanted to see how good you would be to your people if you had more power. Now they know that the more power a human gets the more greedy he becomes. Now we have to leave and go next to our fathers, your Gods.” And the seven samurais turned into dragons and flew away leaving the emperor begging the Gods to help him.
But the Gods didn’t help him because after a cruel reign comes the emperor’s strict judgment. After the dragons had flown away, the ungry citizens broke the doors and endered the palace. The emperor was cought prisoner and the next day they found him with a knife in his stomach. He had killed himself with hara kiri.