There were some boys out playing one day, skipping rocks across the water of a pond.
"Look!" shouted one of the boys. "There's a frog! Let's hit him."
The boys then started throwing rocks at the frog, who plunged back down under the water. The boys waited, and each time a frog dared to stick his head out of the water, the boys threw their rocks.
Finally one of the frogs rose up from the water and spoke to the boys. "Boys!" shouted the frog. "This is just some game for you, but for us it is life or death."
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 398.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.
Here is an illustration by Milo Winter: