A Cautionary Tale

In this version of the old story, as Gepetto
put the finishing touches on Pinocchio
and the puppet awoke,
Pinocchio looked around and said,
“Oh, thanks, Papa for giving me life. . .
But I wonder if you might be able to fix a few things?
Like the joints on my arms are stiff.
It hurts to move them.
And I can see, but not very far.
Also, I think I need some companionship—
can you make me a mate? (A cute one, please!)
And is there any way you could tell those
dang hippies next door to cut out all the racket!?”

Gepetto listened to a bit more of this, then put
Pinocchio back in the box, closed the lid and
locked it.

Be forewarned.

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