A river dried up, stranding the water-dragon who lived there.
"Take me to water!" the dragon shouted. "I'll offer a golden reward!"
A greedy farmer tied the dragon to his donkey and brought the dragon to another river.
When he untied the dragon, though, it roared, "Now I'll eat you!"
"That's not fair!" yelled the farmer.
A fox heard them. "I'll be the judge of that!" she said. "Show me how the dragon was tied up on the donkey."
The farmer tied the dragon up.
"Now take it back where you found it," advised the fox, "and leave it there."
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 629 in the book, which is Perry 640.