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Mamenoko Jack by JohnSu Mamenoko Jack by JohnSu
Mamenoko Jack (豆の子ジャック, lit. Beanchild Jack)

There once lived a woman by herself on a farm, with nothing but a milk-producing cow to keep her company. Every morning she would juice the dairy out of her cow and head off to market to sell it at noon. And in the evening she would write bad poetry and feed it to her cow in embarrassment.

Now there came a time when the cow's teat ran dry and the woman could no longer support the two of them. She said to her cow, "How now, brown cow?" Her cow looked back at the woman with her big cow eyes seeming to say, "You should sell me at the market. You can use the money to invest in the farm and actually grow vegetables or something. You could live off of that and sell the surplus so you can buy other foodstuffs to complement your diet. I, on the other hand, will probably be eaten or turned into glue, but I'm down with that."

"Yes," said the woman, "I shall do just that," and she proceeded to the market the next day.

She came home with no cow and a single magic bean in hand. "Aw, poop!" said the woman, "I've just realized this might not actually be magic, and could have very well been a swindle." It was sucks, but she decided to make the best of the situation anyway and planted the bean. A planted bean grows bean-producing beanstalks, no?

Not if it's a magic bean. The next morning, the bean had grown into a beanstalk, yes, but within the bean pod was a young child! "Aw, poop!" said the woman, "I don't think I can raise a bean child," but she was awful lonely after she had sold her cow to that suspicious businessman, so she took in the child anyhow. Luckily, the beanstalk produced only big non-magical beans after that, and the two of them were able to live off of it as per the cow's wisdom.

Now there came a time when the stalk's pods ran dry and would no longer yield beans. By now it was an enormous beanstalk that poked into the heavens. While the woman/mother was thinking about what she could sell it as if she cut it down, the beanchild Jack climbed up the beanstalk and disappeared out of sight. When the child returned, he had with him a hen that laid golden eggs!

His mother was amazed by this and asked her son how he came by such a discovery. Upon learning that he had stolen it from a giant in the sky, she frowned. "Jack, my son," said she, "it is not good to steal from one's neighbors. You must return this hen at once." But while she was scolding the beanchild, the gold pooper hen had escaped into the wilderness.

In any case, a hen had to be returned. The mother took one of their own which they had been raising and climbed up the beanstalk with her son. At the top of the beanstalk they found a great dwelling which must have stood at least the height of twenty men. Gathering her courage, the mother approached the front door and pulled the cord to ring the door bell: FEE ♪ FI ♪ FO ♪ FUM ♪

The door opened in, nearly vacuuming Jack and his mother inside. A great towering giant leaned out and peered down at them from the doorway. "What ho!" he boomed. "A manling and its mother! A delightful surprise!" And before either Jack or his mother could react, the giant picked them up and brought them inside.

Once inside, the giant set down Jack and his mother on a table and sat down. "Do tell, what brings you two to my home today? How can I help you?"

The mother looked at the giant's great yellow teeth and summoned her courage to answer as best she could. "Sir Giant, I've come to apologize on behalf of my son Jack, who has recently bereaved you of one of your hens. I hope you will accept this hen as a token of our sincerest apologies."

Just then, the hen laid a single egg into the bean child's palm.

The giant examined the hen and her egg with a scrupulous eye. "I appreciate your honesty, madam," said he, "but unless this hen lays eggs of gold, it cannot replace the hen I've lost."

"But Sir Giant!" exclaimed the mother, eager to clear the family's debt, "Please look within the egg of brown if you will." The giant took the egg as a child takes an ant, and crushed it between his fingers, revealing the sticky yellow yolk.

"Liquid gold!" he exclaimed in amazement. Upon learning that the gold itself was rich in protein and cholesterol and that the eggs could also yield golden chicks that would grow into more egg-producing hens, the giant was ecstatic. In his gratitude, he accepted the farm hen and even gave the mother and child a milk-less cow he had received when he sold magic beans (different magic beans, that is) to a suspicious man.

And then everyone went home safely and had food to eat and work to do and that was good enough.

Alternate Ending: Jack speaks. The talk goes downhill. The giant eats everyone. The End.

Made in Flash
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UnboundExile Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
you're amazing. flash is amazing.
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

This is amazing.
Anonymous-girl1031 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Very cute story!
AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this once before, and tried to favorite it.  But I could not at the time.  Now I found it again! Won't make the same mistake twice!
Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
This. is why you should tell stories
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Amazing my friend, simply amazing :D
OoOoOoOmnaOoOoOoO Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
lol nice
Mikisakiiro Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your stories are always so enjoyable. I like the mameshiba Jack at the end, that was pretty clever.
Amenarae Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love it!
ComplicatedAndSimple Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Artist
VengenceOfGaia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Very nice. Interesting picture and story.
floopfloops Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
wow just wow
MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i like this version much better.
szopko Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Windmagic444 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I do wish that you would try your hand at being a children's writer. I really enjoyed your story. ^^
mkdavi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
This WOULD make a good children's book. Good moral, too. :3
Projectfun Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
This is awsome :)
Eventua Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Writer
I... I love this so much. It's like everything you draw and write is comic genius. ;_;


But don't go away! Keep drawing!

Aja-Mujinga-Sherrard Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I love this rendition of the story. Honestly, I think you should split it among several pages with some illustrations and send it to Penguin for publishing --> So serious.
oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Artist
....I would love to see that as a movie ...:)
LoicShor Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Really nice story remake. And Mr Giant is such a mate. Rather trust ugly giants that suspicious buisnessen!
Teepet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
JohnSu, I love you--wait no, I lied. I don't really know you. I just love the things you write. Sometimes more than the things you draw to go with them, but then I look at the things you draw again, and I get confused and try to express my self and say that I love you, which is, in fact, incorrect, for I do not know you.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is a good distinction there
softmoron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
man, the commentary is so much fun
The-Nai Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh wow. fantastic goblin. I always like seeing an anime artist that can draw ugly too. ^^
You draw ugly so perfectly!
redrose55x Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, but I like the alternate ending better. ^^

great picture, by the way.
Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I <3 you. simply. <3 you.
cutekitty9487 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
ahaha i love the story
FionaASiren Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the sprout on his head. It makes him look even more adorable!!!
WateryGrave Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student General Artist
I love your stories. :3
ive1always1loved1you Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ive never heard this version of the story before, its awesome =D
Maeyliin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Photographer
Best storyteller ever.
Rinhajay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow nice ending >.> Awesome art too!
KidAndMoody Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
He's a human mameshiba @_@!
Chercitia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist
LOLOL, I love this.
rl2wAters Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i like it's original but...
.........................?idk how i feel about it...the drawing is very good though.
RadicalRose Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
This should be turned into a movie. Like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. I love your art style and the story.
hiphopusa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Made in Flash?

You are a God.
kittycat1356 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol only tou would make this up
kittycat1356 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you** lol
WindShaman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Tanius Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the layers of the skin
Dream-Beam Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
wow, pictures are much more effective without outlines!
I should try that out sometime! ;D
vanna54321 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a tiny chicken. O.O
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowwww, this is so awesome! I love it :D
1-Ace Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
XD your stories are always very entertaining. the picture just makes it infinitely better.
and i love the mameshiba reference for the alternate ending!
Start-Of-My-Life Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
LEmoNmerANGuE Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
And you sir are the definition of awesome.
Or, the definition of JohnSu, whichever is more likely.
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