Far far away in the tropical waters of the Caribbean , two prawns were swimming around in the sea – one was called Justin and the other called Christian.
The prawns were constantly being harassed and threatened by sharks that inhabited the area.
Finally, one day, Justin said to Christian, “I’m fed up with being a prawn; I wish I was a shark, and then I wouldn’t have any worries about being eaten.”
A large, mysterious cod appeared and said, “Your wish is granted.”
Lo and behold, Justin turned into a shark.
Horrified, Christian immediately swam away, afraid of being eaten by his old mate.
Time passed (as it does) and Justin found life as a shark boring and lonely.
All his old mates simply swam away whenever he came close to them.
Justin didn’t realize that his new menacing appearance was the cause of his sad plight.
While swimming alone one day, he saw the mysterious cod again and he thought perhaps the mysterious fish could change him back into a prawn.
He approached the cod and begged to be changed back, and, lo and behold, he found himself turned back into a prawn.
With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes, Justin swam back to his friends and bought them all a cocktail.
(The punch line does not involve a prawn cocktail – it’s much worse).
Looking around the gathering at the reef, he realized he couldn’t see his old pal.
“Where’s Christian?” he asked.
“He’s at home, still distraught that his best friend changed sides to the enemy and became a shark,” came the reply.
Eager to put things right again and end the mutual pain and torture, he set off to Christian’s abode.
As he opened the coral gate, memories came flooding back.
He banged on the door and shouted, “It’s me, Justin, your old friend, come out and see me again.”
Christian replied, “No way man, you’ll eat me. You’re now a shark, the enemy, and I’ll not be tricked into being your dinner.”
Justin cried back, “No, I’m not. That was the old me. I’ve changed……….”
I’ve found Cod. I’m a Prawn again, Christian.
Thanks to David for this fishy story!