V. Insert the sentences in the box to complete the fable.
|A. I did not mean to wake you.|
B. 'Be patient, Your Majesty,' said the mouse. 'I'll free you in a minute!'
C. 'It was my turn to help you,' answered the mouse.
D. You save my life?
E. Anyone who disturbs my sleep will die.
F. Every animal heard it, including the tiny mouse.
Once, as a lion was sleeping, a naughty little mouse ran up his tail, and onto his back and up his mane and danced and jumped on his head so that the lion woke up. The lion grabbed the mouse and roared angrily.
'How dare you wake me up! Don't you know that I am King of the Animals? (1) _____. I will kill you and eat you!'
The terrified mouse, shaking, asked the lion to let him go. 'Please don't eat me Your Majesty! (2) _____. I was only playing. Please let me go - and I promise I will always be your friend. Who knows, maybe one day I could save your life?'
The lion looked at the tiny mouse and laughed. (3) ____. What a ridiculous idea!' he said laughing. 'But you have made me laugh, so I will let you go.' And he let the mouse free.
'Oh thank you, Your Majesty,' cried the mouse, and ran away as fast as he could.
A few days later the lion was caught in a hunter's trap. He tried as hard he could, but he couldn't break free and became even more stuck in the net. He let out a roar that woke the forest. (4) _____.
'My friend the lion is in trouble,' thought the mouse. He ran as fast as he could, and soon found the lion in the hunter's net.
(5) _____. And the mouse began biting through the net with his sharp little teeth. Very soon the lion was free.
'I did not believe that you could help me, little mouse, but today you saved my life,' said the lion. 'You are my friend, and I am yours'.
Even the weak and small may one day help out those much stronger than themselves.