The frog smiled as the scorpion climbed off his back.

“Thank you,” said Scorpion. “I would never have been able to cross the water alone.”

“It is a pleasure to help,” said Frog. “But I must confess I worried you might sting me halfway across the pond.”

“Why on earth would I do that?” asked Scorpion.

“I have heard tell it is in your nature,” said Frog. “You carry your sting everywhere you go.”

Scorpion frowned. “My sting is used only to defend myself. Why would I want to hurt my friend?”

“We are friends then,” said Frog.