Pumpkin Fairy was a sweet, innocent fairy that was in charge of the largest pumpkin patch in the northern section of the county. She was pretty easy-going but the one thing she did not like was when someone lied to her. Pumpkin Fairy demanded the truth and would not give up until the truth was told.
“Pumpkin Fairy! Pumpkin Fairy!” exclaimed Linda Patterson, the owner of the pumpkin patch. “Somebody left the gate open. A bear got in and was destroying the pumpkins.”
“Oh dear!” exclaimed Pumpkin Fairy. “I will find out who did this. I will find the truth.”
Pumpkin Fairy went around the county and asked whoever she could find about the gate being open.
“Are you blaming me?” asked Farmer John, when Pumpkin Fairy confronted him.
“I am not blaming anyone,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “I just want the truth about who opened the gate to the pumpkin patch.”
“You know I don’t lie,” said Farmer John.
Pumpkin Fairy did know that Farmer John has never lied to her. She had no reason to think it was him.
“You are right,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “I do know that you have never lied to me. Do you have any idea who might have left the gate open?”
“The only one I can think of is Mrs. Jones,” said Farmer John.
“Mrs. Jones?” asked Pumpkin Fairy, with a confused look on her face.
“My neighbour to the south,” said Farmer John.
“Yes,” said Pumpkin Fairy, suddenly remembering who Mrs. Jones was. “Isn’t she the one that lied to me about a pumpkin that had gone missing?”
“That is correct,” said Farmer John. “She had taken an extra pumpkin from the pumpkin patch because she wanted to make pumpkin pie with it.”
“At least she shared the pumpkin pie,” said Pumpkin Fairy.
“Yes,” said Farmer John. “She did do that.”
Pumpkin Fairy went over to talk to Mrs. Jones.
“Did you know that the gate to the pumpkin patch was open?” Mrs. Jones asked.
“That is what I came to talk to you about,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “Did you leave the gate open?”
“No,” said Mrs. Jones. “It wasn’t me. I took a walk around the pumpkin patch early this morning and I saw it was open. I was the one that closed the gate.”
“Thank you for closing the gate,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “I am glad you did that.”
“Did the bear do too much damage?” asked Mrs. Jones.
“He destroyed about a dozen pumpkins,” said Pumpkin Fairy.
“That doesn’t sound too bad,” said Mrs. Jones.
“No,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “It isn’t. It could have been much worse.”
Pumpkin Fairy walked back to the pumpkin patch. She saw the scarecrow sitting beside the gate.
“Mr. Scarecrow,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “How come you are sitting beside the gate?”
“No reason,” said the scarecrow, looking a little nervous.
“Did you know that the gate was left open and a bear damaged about a dozen pumpkins?” asked Pumpkin Fairy.
“I might know something about it,” said the scarecrow.
“You are being a little sketchy,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “I want the truth and I want it now.”
“Okay,” said the scarecrow. “Yes, I did leave the gate open but only because the bear threatened to rip the straw right out of me.”
“Thank you for telling the truth,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “I appreciate it very much.”
“I do feel better after telling the truth,” said the scarecrow.
“Now,” said Pumpkin Fairy. “About the bear. If he is on the outside of the gate and you are on the inside of the gate, he can’t get you.”
“Okay,” said the scarecrow. “That is good to know. Thank you.”
The scarecrow did not have any more issues with the bear after that. He made sure he stayed on the inside of the gate and did not open that gate for anyone, no matter what.