Long back, there lived a little cheerful tailor. He laughed and did about his work well and enjoyed his work a lot.
It was during that time, that a lady came into the town to sell jam.
The tailor brought some jam from her and ate some of it with some leftover bread and old cheese. He smiled at the little bird in his home as he was eating the food and gave some of the leftover crumbs to the bird.
After that he got about his work.
Some time later, the tailor was annoyed to find plenty of flies around the jam and leftover crumbs. Annoyed, he pulled a duster from nearby and swamped at the flies. His blow found the mark and seven flies fell dead.
Looking at the dead flies, the tailor felt extremely happy. He decided that this was an occasion which had to be recorded and he pulled out his belt and started stitching on it.
An hour later, his belt looked very impressive and it now read the words “SEVEN IN ONE BLOW.”
The tailor was very proud of his belt and wore it. He studied himself in the mirror and decided that he looked extremely handsome.
The tailor then picked up the cheese, the little bird and closed his home and set off from his home.
The tailor walked cheerfully and soon he reached the outskirts of the kingdom. There, the tailor was slightly shocked to see the huge giant which was sitting on the branches of one the thickest trees that the tailor had ever seen in his life.
The Giant did not even notice the puny little tailor as it was grimacing angrily looking at the kingdom.
“Hello!” The tailor shouted as he came near the Giant.
The Giant turned to find something squeaking near him and was surprised to find a little human in front of him.
“WHAT?” The Giant asked in a normal voice which was quite deafening.
Unfazed, the tailor climbed up the branches of the tree to get closer to the Giant so that he did not have to shout all the time.
“I am the one who killed “Seven in a blow”,” the tailor said proudly as he showed the Giant his belt.
The Giant stared at the puny young man and then at the belt and stared some more as he figured out what was written in the belt.
Looking at the cheerful face of the tailor and that fact that the tailor had himself come to the Giant to talk to him, naturally, the Giant misunderstood. He thought that the “seven” in the sentence meant “seven people”. The Giant moved aside grunting as the tailor sat beside.
With a huff, the Giant picked up a huge rock from the ground. He looked at the tailor with a vicious smile and then squeezed the hard rock.
The tailor was shocked because the Giant had used so much force that he was able to squeeze water out from the rock.
“Let us see you do that.” The Giant told the tailor with a sneering look.
The tailor was shocked for a whole of a second and then he recovered. Smiling, he pulled out the cheese from his pocket and pretended to pull it from the ground.
The tailor then squeezed the cheese tightly as he looked at the Giant with slight contempt.
It was the Giant’s turn to look shocked as he saw water dripping from the tailor’s hands.
Angrily, the Giant picked up a huge rock and threw it.
He threw it so far that it took quiet some time for the rock to even land and the tailor saw that it had landed nearly two kingdoms away.
The tailor smiled and this time he picked up his bird and threw it.
The bird was shocked at first. But then when it found that it was free, it flew high up in the air and flew far away.
The tailor shrugged looking at the Giant. “Your rock landed somewhere. Mine...” The tailor left the sentence unfinished as he pointed at the horizon which was clear of any rocks or birds.
Now the Giant was really furious, as he looked at the tailor and then huffed angrily as he got down from the tree. “We shall see who is stronger.” He said angrily. And as he spoke, he uprooted a huge tree in a single blow.
The tailor watched shocked as he saw the tree fall and the Giant looked at the fallen tree with disdain. “Let us see, how far both of us can carry this!” The Giant said looking slightly wary.
The tailor shrugged. “I have proved that I am better than you.”
The Giant bristled angrily as the tailor continued. “So you can carry the trunk of the tree. Because I am stronger, I will carry the heavier part of the tree – which are its branches and leaves.”
The Giant agreed and picked up the trunk and turned started walking.
The tailor smiled as he got on the branches of the tree and whistled and sang loudly and pretended to carry the tree whenever the Giant looked back.
Very soon, the Giant was huffing and puffing unable to carry the weight of the tree, whereas the tailor never stopped being cheerful.
Disgruntled and unable to carry the tree anymore, the Giant threw the trunk away.
As the tailor saw this, he just jumped to one side of the tree and looked at the rolling trunk.
“You are very weak.” The tailor told the Giant with slight disdain. “Could you not eve carry the trunk until we had reached the forests?”
The Giant was furious, but then slight fear had started building up in his eyes. He realized that the human before him was no ordinary mortal.
Determined to get the better of the human, the Giant pretended to smile at him.
“Why don’t you come to my home? It is right here in the forests. You can stay there for the night.”
The tailor happily agreed and walked with the Giant.
The house of the Giant was enormous.
Everything there was huge – built to the size of the Giant.
After dinner, the Giant led the tailor to an enormous bed and asked the tailor to lie down there. The smirk on the face of the Giant, immediately told the tailor that something was wrong. But he did not know what it was.
He looked at the huge bed and slept on one corner because he just found the bed too huge.
It was a good thing because right around midnight when the entire house fell silent, the tailor was shocked to find that the Giant had used a huge club and broken the bed right at the middle.
The bed shattered and he fell to a side and felt thankful that he had slept at the side. If he had slept in the middle, he could have died.
The Giant had decided that his attack at the night had finished the human. Humming to itself, the next day, the Giant did not even bother checking what had really happened to the human, as it set about to the forests.
There the Giant was in for a shock as he saw the tailor cheerfully walk and smile as if nothing had happened.
The Giant was so afraid when he saw that the tailor was not even hurt that he let out a terrified growl and ran away from the forest and was never seen again.