When the light of the sun faded and the moon is round, and tiny lights hover the sky, a woodpecker’s peck on a bark of a pear tree created the truthful little man who ever lived.
The sound of its peck was heard into the night until a lone fruit from the tree fell, stumbled on its branches and rolled on until it found its way down on the ground above an old stump.
On a stump it settled together with the undergrowth and unwanted leaves of the trees. When a ray of the moonlight lighted the Pear, it cracked! Splits itself to two halves! The cracks revealed a tiny man whose skin is as dark as a night sky and stars reflected upon it.
This tiny, little man will be known to become the Pear who could never lie and only truth comes out of its mouth. Some believed that his appearance is a universe which is the reason he knows all the truth of the world.
From the tree where he came, the Pear sculpted itself three musketeers to go with him. The Fox with an arrow pierced in him was his ride, the Joyful Magpie was his music and the Bunny with the wooden heart was his jester.
Like a wild-fire, the news of a man who speaks only the truth spread to all corners of the world. They all came to Northumberland to seek, well the truth. In exchange, the pear who has grown fondly for a craving, asked for a tea. A tea for a truth. The world traveled to him with tea of all flavors.
The Pear couldn’t be happier.
When he consumed all the tea that he can drink, he lined up all the men seeking and told them the truth. But how much truth can a man handle?
Not everyone can. The world turned bitter for the pear. He was a fraud, said one of the Dukes. Others accepted the truth. And some believed but does not want the truth. The world turned upside down, there was chaos.
It was a harsh bitter-sweet world. That was the truth the pear has learned. Together with his musketeers, they traveled back to where the moonlight shone above a tree stump and there they found the pear’s vessel. He crawled back, took one half and the other in his hands and closed the crack like a curtain as he went back to his long slumber.
Note: The Pear of Northumberland was originally published at Mustard World, February 2014.