Be careful who you team up with
On a bright spring day a self-rate frog came hopping up to a small stream. As he prepared to enter the stream a scorpion dressed as a captain approached him. “I noticed you have very strong legs as you hopped this way, not to mention a big forehand and a wicked American twist serve. How about you give me a ride to the other side of the stream where my team is playing and you can join us? I think you’d fit in nicely. Since I can’t swim and need the strongest of frogs to carry me to my destination, you can swim across and I’ll ride on your back.” The frog considered the offer but was wary. “I was an 18 super a few years ago and am starting to play tennis seriously again but I’ve been warned to be careful of who I fall in with.”
”You have nothing to fear from me," said the scorpion. “True, I’ve had some scrapes with players who have left me in the past but you won’t leave me. You'll love it here. You even look good enough that I will play you with me in big matches.” Still the frog was weary. But the scorpion did seem to have a lot of other frogs and they did look pretty good playing on the other side of the stream. “How do I know that if I agree to give you a ride you won’t decide to sting me?” asked the frog. The scorpion smiled, “why would I do that? If I stung you it's true that you might die but I would sink as well. No smart captain would turn on one of his own frogs.”
Still weary, the young frog did have to admit that this made a lot of sense. The scorpion would have to be crazy to sting me. We would both sink and drown. And if other frogs found out about it they would reconsider ever giving him a ride again. Finally he told the scorpion to hop on and he started out across the stream. About half way across the frog reconsidered his decision and told the scorpion he had decided to play elsewhere. The scorpion began stinging him furiously until the frog was on the verge of death. “Why would you do this?” asked the frog, “now we will surely both die.” With a broad smile his passenger replied, “because I’m a scorpion. It’s what I do.”
The scorpion then climbed back onto the shore as a promising new frog hopped up.