AnElephantCant deny he’s a japester
He does like a chuckle or two
He loves when the gag is
To capture the Haggis
And lets the others decide what is true
AnElephant’s offering for the weekly Līgo Haībun Challenge, courtesy of the lovely Nightlake.
They spent two weeks in Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, before heading to West Linton, near Edinburgh.
The objective was to build friendships and cement relationships between the 15-year olds from schools in Scotland and France but, in fact, a state approaching open warfare was approaching fast.
The boys, generally speaking, hated each other, mainly because the girls did not.
The Scots teachers summoned the leaders of their pupils to a meeting, and threatened them with the direst of punishments if the situation did not improve.
Doubtless they were concerned about the loss of future overseas trips, all expenses paid.
The boys, of course, totally disregarded this and devised a plan.
One of them, known as Springer, approached Philippe, a capo of the Marseille boys, and offered the hand of friendship.
And a haggis hunt.
Very early the next morning, in a traditional Scottish summer downpour, he led twenty or so French chasseurs out into the countryside, positioned them in the dampest part of Scotland available to him, and went off to raise the haggis.
Or, perhaps, back to bed.
Almost two hours later the unhappy, drenched and frozen French lads stormed the Scottish dormitory and laid waste to it.
A great time was had by all.
the old alliance
because of our differences
Note: The Auld Alliance or Vieille Alliance was an agreement between Scotland and France, dating back to 1295 and lasting until the Treaty of Edinburgh in 1560.
The terms stipulated that if either country was attacked by England then the other would retaliate by invading English territory.
The bond between the two nations exists to this day.