A Short Story For Adults, With Explanations

Probably most of those who read these lines remember the stories that their parents, siblings, uncles, teachers, friends, or legal guardians told them in their childhood. Among them, some classics are “The Three Little Pigs,” “Hansel and Gretel” or “Little Red Riding Hood,” for example. But although generally associated with the genre of stories with childhood, we can also find a wide variety of them that are more appropriate and/or understandable for adolescents, young people, and even adults.

The white butterfly

“There was once in Japan an old man whose name was Takahama, and who lived from his youth in a small house that he himself had built next to a cemetery, on top of a hill. He was a man loved and respected for his kindness and generosity, but the locals often wondered why he lived in solitude next to the cemetery and why he had never been married.

One day the old man became seriously ill, being close to his death, and his sister-in-law and his nephew came to take care of him in his last moments and assured him that they would be with him whatever he needed especially his nephew, who did not separate from the old man.

One day, when the bedroom window was open, a small white butterfly sneaked inside. The young man tried to scare her away several times, but the butterfly always returned inside, and finally, tired, he let her hover next to the old man.

After a long time, the butterfly left the room, and the young man, curious by its behavior and marveled by its beauty, followed it. The little being flew up to the graveyard that existed next to the house and made his way to a grave, around which it would hover until it disappeared. Although the tomb was very old, it was clean and well-kept, surrounded by fresh white flowers. After the butterfly disappeared, the young nephew returned to the house with his uncle, to discover that he had died.

The young man ran to tell his mother what had happened, including the strange behavior of the butterfly, at which the woman smiled and told the young man why the elderly Takahana had spent his life there.

In his youth, Takahana met and fell in love with a young woman named Akiko, whom he was to marry. However, a few days before the link, the young woman died. This plunged Takahama into sadness, from which he would recover. But nevertheless, he decided that he would never marry, and it was then when he built the house next to the cemetery in order to be able to visit and take care every day of his beloved’s grave.

The young man reflected and understood who the butterfly was and that now his uncle Takahama had finally reunited with his beloved Akiko.”

This beautiful story of Japanese origin tells us about love, specifically a love capable of transcending time and even death.

The Hidden Deer

“There was once a Cheng woodcutter who found a deer in a field, which he killed and later buried with leaves and branches to prevent others from discovering the piece. But before long, the woodcutter forgot the place where he had hidden the animal and came to believe that the whole thing had actually been a dream.

Soon after, he would begin to tell his supposed dream, to which one of those who heard him reacted, trying to find the deer. After finding him, he took him home and told his wife about the situation, who indicated that perhaps it was he who had dreamed the conversation with the woodcutter, despite the fact that having found the animal the dream would be real. To this, her husband replied that regardless of whether the dream was hers or the lumberjack’s, there was no need to know.

But that same night, the woodcutter who hunted the animal dreamed (this time for real) of the place where he had hidden the body and the person who had found it. In the morning, he went to the house of the discoverer of the animal’s body, after which both men discussed who the piece belonged to. This discussion would be attempted to settle with the help of a judge, who replied that on the one hand, the woodcutter had killed a deer in what he believed to be a dream and later considered that his second dream was a truth, while the other found said deer Although his wife considered that it was he who dreamed of having found it based on the history of the first.

The bottom line was that no one had actually killed the animal, and it was dictated that the case be resolved by dividing the animal between the two men. Later, this story would reach the King of Cheng, who would end up wondering if it really was not the judge who had dreamed of distributing the deer.”

The story of “The hidden deer” is a Chinese folk tale that tells a story based on the differentiation between dream and reality and how difficult it can sometimes be to realize. It is one of the short stories for adults that tell us about the possibility that we can live on various planes of existence.