Let us enjoy reading this one of Aesop’s Fables of Running with Herd .
A young deer said to his mother, “I’m larger than a dog and swifter and I have horns to defend myself with. Yet when a dog appears I run away with the others. I have decided not to run from dogs, in future."
Just then they heard the bark of a dog.
The young deer was filled with fear and forgetting his resolve, took to his heels along with his mother and the rest of the herd.
Moral: Fear drives away Reason.
The short story is a literary genre. It is usually fictional, narrative prose and tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction. These stories have their origins in oral story-telling traditions and the prose anecdote, a swiftly-sketched situation that comes rapidly to its point. The history of this kind of stories dates back to the oral story-telling traditions. Modern trend in them emerged as their own genre in the early 19th century. They tend to be less complex than novels. Usually, a short story will focus on only one incident, has a single plot, a single setting, a limited number of characters and covers a short period of time.