A/N: This is a short story I was inspired to write by an children rhyme. The original version of song itself is already a bit dark and grimy. The content of the story in not really that original as I followed the plot outlined in the song. Still, I felt like writing it since I have been obsessing over this song for days.

The original song is Italian, but there's an English version too.

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When I was a child, my dad took me to the Fair of the Far East. There were a thousand different attractions there. Just to name a few, we saw fire-eaters, enchanters, jesters, tightrope walkers, floating old men and so on. When it came to wild animals, the list was even longer: lions, tigers, elephants, zebras, monkeys, camels, llamas, parrots, even snakes were on display for the public.

Once we finished going around the Fair, I insisted to get a present. As both money and food were scarce, with just two farthings, my dad bought me a little mouse.

At the Fair of the Far East, for just two farthings, my daddy bought a little mouse for me.

I ran back home, happy and carefree. And as I ran, I feel onto the ground, the steel cage opened up and the mouse rolled outside. Still dizzy, it tried getting up and running away, but a huge black cat jumped down from a nearby balcony. It caught it into its claws and pestering its tail it bounced it from side to side, toying with it. Before I could get near, the cat opened its big mouth and swallowed my little mouse whole.

And so came the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

With a "meow" the black cat ran away from me, into the dark alleys of the small town. With a growl a giant dog appeared out of a house. The cat didn't have time to march outside of the gate before the dog sank its white fangs into its tail.

And so came the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

From the distance I saw all of this happening and a bit scared by the dog, I pondered whether I should get closer or ran back to my dad. As I was still undecided, I did note see the cat getting away. But I surely noticed how, without any warning, a floating wooden cane came towards the barking dog and beat the poor fiend.

And then came the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

But the story did not end there. As I finally got closer, I yet again witnessed something incredible. Flames engulfed the cane, spreading light all around. A scorching sound was heard when the wood started cracking and the cane quickly hopped away.

And then came fire, which burnt the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

Hopping after it, I travelled far away into the countryside until we both reached a pond. Fresh water splashed onto the burning cane and the fire was put out.

And hence came the water, which extinguished the fire, which burnt the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

The light went down and I was left in the dark and cold place, all alone. Not for long though, as a great ox suddenly appeared at the edge of the pond. I saw it approach the water and drink it all in one go. What a stomach it must have had!

And hence came the ox, which drank the water, which extinguished the fire, which burnt the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

Following the great ox I reached a house, no sounds could be heard from inside and so I waited into the stables. As I lied down for sleep, the door opened with a loud bang. A man in butcher clothes came in carrying a sharp knife. He took the ox by the horns and guided it outside, then slaughtered the poor beast.

And thus came the butcher, who slaughtered the ox, which drank the water, which extinguished the fire, which burnt the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

By then, dawn was. The sun pecked from behind the house as the sky turned light pink with red clouds floating in it. A pair of ash grey wings flapped into the air. The man went still and turned to face the newcomer. As its scythe fell onto his head, the man's eyes became void.

And thus came the Angel of Death, which killed the butcher, who slaughtered the ox, which drank the water, which extinguished the fire, which burnt the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

As I witnessed wide-eyed the butcher demise, a blinding light appeared from behind the Angel. The dark creature turned around to look at the immaculate being which stared down at him. And the Lord threw the Angel down, casting it away from him.

At last came the Lord, which threw down the Angel of Death, which killed the butcher, who slaughtered the ox, which drank the water, which extinguished the fire, which burnt the cane, which beat the dog, which bit the cat, which ate the mouse, which for two farthings my daddy bought for me.

This all happened in a single night, which I will never forget. I will keep telling this story, until the day the Fallen Angel of Death comes to deliver Judgement upon me.

The end