One day, Fate came and gave them two choices. "Choose blindness or leprosy," Fate ordered.
Hippo wanted to be clever. He quickly chose leprosy so as to keep using his eyes. Elephant chose blindness.
Then Elephant found a magical Stick, which helped him to move around. They whispered secrets to each other. Stick helped Elephant to fight enemies.
When food was served, Hippo needed Elephant to cut the food and place it on his fingerless palms. Hippo was very unhappy.
Hippo put his palms together and they looked like a plate. He asked, "Put my share here for me."
Elephant moved his own yam from one hand to the other without it falling. Hippo was annoyed.
"You know I cannot see it," Elephant replied.
"Give me your hand, I will show you," Hippo said.
Elephant found the yam, and blew the sand off it. He gave it to Hippo.
Hippo did not notice Elephant counting the meat.
"There were three," Hippo lied. "There were four," Elephant insisted. "Are you really blind?" Hippo asked.
Elephant agreed, so Hippo said, "Let us swim in the river." He knew Elephant could not swim. He planned to kill his brother!
Elephant and Stick followed Hippo.
"Why is he grunting like that?" Elephant asked Stick.
He moved away from Elephant. He lifted the stone and threw it into the river.
"That sound is too small for the size of Hippo," Stick whispered in Elephant's ear.
The magical Stick turned Hippo into a water animal. He turned Elephant into a land animal and became Elephant's trunk.
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