Zorba's Three Promises

New Crown English Series

A gull landed next to Zorba.
"Help me," the gull cried. "I'm covered with oil. I'm dying."
"What can I do?"
"Soon I'll lay an egg. Promise me three things. Please don't eat it."
"OK," Zorba said. "I won't."
"Please take care of the egg."
"OK. I will."
"And please teach flying to my baby."
"Me?"
"Yes, you."
"Ok. I'll try."
"Thank you," the gull said.
She soon died. Under her body was an egg.

Taking care of the egg was difficult. Zorba warmed it. Day and night he held it. Early one morning he woke up. A small white head looked at him. "Mommy." "I'm not your mommy. But you're lucky. That's your name. Lucky." Zorba and his friends took care of Lucky. Rats and strange cats attacked her. But Zorba and his friends protected her.
In time, Lucky became a beautiful gull.

"Lucky," Zorba said. "Now it's time to fly."
"Why do I have to fly? Cats don't fly," Lucky said.
"You're wrong. You're not a cat. You're a gull."
"Me? A gull?"
"Yes. You are a gull. I am a cat. Cats do cat things. Gulls do gull things. Each is good. Each is different. We must respect differences."
"So I must fly," Lucky said.
"Yes. Gulls fly."
"I can't fly without your help. Will you teach me?"
"Of course. I promise you now. And I promised your mother."

Lucky's flying lessons started. She tried to fly many times, but always failed. One rainy night Zorba and Lucky went to a tall tower.
"Lucky, all the sky is yours. Open your wings and fly."
"I can't," she cried.
"Yes, you can. You can if you want."
Lucky stepped into the air. At first she fell. Then she caught the wind and started to fly.
"Zorba, you're right. I love you," Lucky said and flew away.
"I love you too," Zorba said to the empty sky.

New Crown English Series (Heisei 24) pg. 108-111

The title changed to Zorba's Promise.

Suddenly, a gull landed next to Zorba. "Help me," the gull cried. "I'm dying. I'm covered with oil."
"What can I do?"

"Soon I'll lay an egg. Promise me this. Please take care of my egg and teach flying to my baby."
"Me?"
"Yes, you."
"OK. I'll try."
"Thank you," the gull said.

She soon died. Under her body Zorba found an egg.


Taking care of the egg was difficult. But Zorba never gave up.
One morning he opened his eyes. A small white head looked back at him. "Mommy."
"I'm not your mommy. But you're lucky. So that's your name. Lucky."

Zorba and his friends took care of Lucky. Rats and strange cats attacked her. But Zorba and his friends protected her.
In time, Lucky became a beautiful gull.


"Lucky," Zorba said. "Now it's time to fly."
"Why do I have to fly? Cats don't fly," Lucky said.
"Well, you're not a cat. You're a gull."
"Me? A gull?"
"Yes. You are a gull. I am a cat. Cats do cat things. Gulls do gull things. Each is different. Each is good. We must respect differences."
"So I must fly," Lucky said.
"Yes. Gulls fly."
"I can't fly without your help. Will you teach me?"
"Of course. I promised your mother. And now I promise you."


Lucky's flying lessons started. She tried to fly many times, but always failed. One rainy night, Zorba and Lucky went to a tower.
"Lucky, all the sky is yours. Open your wings and fly."
"I can't," she cried.
"Yes, you can. You can if you want."
Lucky stepped into the air. At first she fell. Then her wings caught the wind and she started to fly.
"Zorba, you're right. I can!" Lucky said and flew away.
"Yes. You can," Zorba said to the empty sky.

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