~ 89. The War of the Cats and the Mice ~
The cats and the mice were at war.
The mice realized they were losing, so they decided to organize themselves into a proper army with generals, and they equipped the mouse-generals with elaborate horned helmets.
The mouse-generals then led the mouse-army into battle against the cats, but once again, the cats were victorious.
"Retreat! Retreat!" yelled the mouse-generals.
But when the mice ran into their holes, the generals got stuck. Their helmets were too big to fit inside the holes, making them easy prey for the cats.
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Even mice.
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 207 in the book, which is Perry 165. In other versions of the story, the mice are fighting weasels, not cats.