Once upon a time, there lived a little boy named Fanciless. He was the only child of very rich parents, who lavished him with all sorts of luxuries and toys. But, something was missing in Fanciless’ life – he had no friends. His parents were so busy with their own lives that they had no time to take Fanciless out and make friends.

So, Fanciless was left to his own devices. He tried to make friends with the other kids in the neighbourhood, but to no avail. They would always tell him that he was too ‘fanciless’, and he would always be the last one to be included in any activity.

One day, Fanciless’ parents decided to take a family vacation to the country. They asked Fanciless to go along, but he refused. He had had enough of being rejected by other kids and he didn’t want to go through it again.

But, after much persuasion from his parents, Fanciless finally decided to go. On their trip, Fanciless made a few acquaintances, but still wasn’t able to make any real friends. That is, until he visited an old shepherd’s cottage in the hills.

The old shepherd invited Fanciless into his house and the two struck up a conversation. As they talked, Fanciless felt like he had finally found someone who accepted him for who he was. The shepherd taught Fanciless how to do chores and play simple games, and before long, Fanciless felt like he belonged to the country.

The shepherd and Fanciless spent the rest of Fanciless’ vacation together, and when it came time for him to go back home, he was sad. He had grown to love the cottage and the shepherd had become like a father to him. But, before leaving, the shepherd gave Fanciless a little lamb, telling him that it was a reminder of his time in the country, and that the lamb would never be alone because Fanciless was there.

From then on, Fanciless never felt so alone or embarrassed. He had found a true friend in the shepherd and the lamb had become his constant companion. He also realized that it didn’t matter what he looked like or what people thought of him, as long as he was true to himself, he would never be alone.

Fanciless learnt a valuable lesson – it’s not about how much money you have or how fancy your life is, it’s about having genuine friends and being true to yourself.

Moral of the story: True friends are those who accept you for who you are and don’t judge you for what you have.

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