Once, a long long time ago, there was a lad, named Sun. His mother died very early, and his father got remarried. His stepmother hated Sun, and always told his father bad things about him. His parents soon produced a baby, and called him Xiang. Him and his parents all hated Sun, so they always disrespected him, and made him the servant. However, Sun always loved them and cared for them, and everybody was surprised at his ways.
At the same time, the king was complaining about how he was so old, and he needed a new king to rule over the country.
One of his nobles told him that Sun was a kind and honest young man, and the perfect new king. The king wanted his citizens to be happy under the king’s rule, so he called for Sun to meet him in his palace. Sun came, and the king was impressed by Sun’s manners and behavior. So he let his two daughters marry him first, and he also gave him many riches. The princesses went home with Sun, and they helped him cook and clean. When Xiang saw that he came home with two beautiful wives and lots of money, he got so jealous that he wanted to kill his stepbrother. He shared his plan with his parents. Just then, one of Sun’s wives came and warned him that his parents and brother wanted to kill him. Sun just simply said, “I’ll be careful.”
So, his father asked him to go on the roof and fix the hole . Sun quickly climbed up, and got immediately to work. When Sun wasn’t looking, Xiang tried to burn down the house Sun was working on! He wanted to burn him to death! Sun smelled the smoke, looked around him, and, like magic, he grabbed two hats and used them like a parachute to land on the ground safely. When Xiang saw this, he got even more angrier, and told his father to make Sun dig a well, and then bury him alive.
His father agreed, and Sun started digging. Down and down he went, and soon he was so deep that they couldn’t see him anymore. So Xiang and his father got some shovels and started piling dirt in the well. Sun saw that they had proceeded with their scheme, so he headed toward his secret tunnel. He suspected that they were going to do this much much earlier, so while he dug a well, he dug a tunnel, and he climbed out to the surface, while his brother and his father still tried to bury him in the opening of the well. The king was impressed by this, and made him the new king. All the citizens loved it under his rule, and they all lived happily ever after.