The Golden FishAn old fisherman and his wife lived in a small hut beside the seaside. They were very poor and hardly had enough to eat. One day the fisherman caught a little golden fish. “Spare me and I’ll do whatever you want,” said the fish in a human voice. The fisherman took pity and let it go. When he reached home empty handed, his wife was angry and shouted, “Just go and get some food and fish.” The fisherman did as he was told. The fish gave him food everyday. Soon, the fisherman became very rich. Days passed and his wife became greedier. Not satisfied with their wealth, she wanted to become a queen. The magical fish granted this wish too. But the fisherman’s wife ill-treated him. At last when she desired to become the ruler of the seas, the sea water became black and the golden fish disappeared forever and along with it the palace, the guards and all the servants vanished. Once again the old man and his wife became poor.
Source: 365 Folk tales - Om Books International