There were once two brothers.
"Avoid the hilltop," the younger told the elder. "Danger lurks there."
But the elder brother went to the hilltop. There he saw a snake; bees were making honey in its mouth.
"What a sight!" he exclaimed.
"You'll see nothing more," said the snake; the man dropped dead.
Guessing what had happened, the younger brother went to the hilltop. He hit a stone with his axe and drew forth a rope.
"What a sight!" the snake exclaimed.
"You'll see nothing more," said the man. Then the snake dropped dead, and the elder brother returned to life.
Inspired by: "The Two Brothers" in Folklore of the Banyanja (published in Folklore) by Madeleine Holland, 1916.
Notes: You can read the original story online. This is a complex story to tell in just 100 words; see the original for more dramatic tension between the two brothers. One brother is a hunter while the other is a potter, but since working with clay never enters into the story, I left that out and just referred to them as older and younger.