Rudakov’s Stories of 72 Words Each
Writer: Sergei Nosov
Translated from Russian by A. Charumati Ramdas
Lucky…She, definitely, didn’t eat them, as strictly required by law, but always displayed them – every tram-ticket went through verification. Did it mechanically: before dumping the ticket into purse, added the first three and the later three digits. So? Sometimes the sum matched. Removed and forgot about happiness…In October the seven digit series was introduced. Something went amyss inside. Lopukhov left. Sat watching serials. Bought orthopedic socks. Why pay for everything? Became a Hare. A Doe.
Roaming in the forest, not touching anyone, suddenly:
“Ran away from grandpa, grandma, dear, wolf, and from you too, O bear, will run away!”
Something rolled in the bushes.
Wow. I think.
Why wooden? Old man slaughtered the living one…
Look at him: squeak, squeak. See, my hoof boiling in the pot, hair scattered – means, old woman pinched. Hid on the oven, thinking I won’t notice, and the old man slipped under the tub.
I ate them off.
Look. It was all fine initially. Without sensing danger, the joker entertained with his galoshes, and Ten riders ran on a horse for a long time. Then you know, the trouble started. The tightrope-walker flew away from the rope; sword-swallower stuck to the chair; a funny bunny ran out of magician’s sleeve.
Fortunately, the trainer saved the situation. Firmly believing his logic, not thinking about the possible loss, he presented his head to the ferocious animal. And we clapped for him.
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