In a deep lush forest in the lands of China, there lived in a crystal pond a sleek, scaly dragon. The waters of this crystal pond in which this dragon presided were so clear and so pure that it was said that it could cure the sickest people.
The dragon had beautiful jade green scales that shimmered with rainbow iridescence; a golden crest adorned his crimson bejeweled head, and every claw gleamed with indescribable beauty. Every tooth in his mouth glimmered like a sharp dagger-like pearl, and danced in the sunlight, blinding anyone who dared to drink from the pond.
One day, a unicorn whose skin was white as pearls and as pure as moonshine skipped to this pond, the sunlight twinkling upon his proud golden horn and gilded hoofs. As the unicorn bent his lovely head to drink from the waters of the crystal pond, the ferocious dragon leaped from the pond with an indignant growl, claws upraised and ready to strike.
“Who dares to drink from my crystal pond,” snarled the dragon, baring his pearly teeth, “Who dares to beat me full and strong? I, the strongest and mightiest beast in the universe?” The unicorn gazed up at the terrifying beast before him, unperturbed, and, raising his golden horn, he tossed back his diamond-like mane and darted to one side, quicker than the fastest wind.
Growling in growing anger, the dragon leaped upwards into the sky and fell into the pond once more with a gigantic splash, hoping to bedazzle the unicorn with his scales and shiny teeth. “Don’t you admire my beauteous scales?” thundered the dragon furiously, “Don’t you adore my lovely claws?” The dragon tumbled back onto his gilded back with a violent flourish of mad pride, and then, the unicorn charged. His horn pierced through the gilded scales, pierced through scaly hide, and pierced through the vain heart of the dragon.
Washing his golden horn free of the oozing dragon blood of the now deceased dragon, the unicorn began to drink the crystal water, as if nothing had ever happened.
Moral: Vain and boastful people can be easily thwarted with wit and precision.