the days following Brogans telling of the legend of the
Robin Redbeast Paden and Paddy told many of their friends and
family about the story. It scared the little ones and even scared
Paden and Paddy but their sense of adventure was always strong
and they wanted to know even more! They had tried to get some
adult mice to accompany them up to Cades Cove to look for the
eggs of the vicious beast. Unfortunately there was no real interest
in that idea.
Paden and Paddy tried to advance the idea of a summer vacation.
After all there had been no vacation that summer and with all that
the community had been through over the past several months the
vacation idea sounded good to them! However, the adults really had
too much to do after the flood and it would take months to really
get the homeground back to normal. Paddy and Paden were very disappointed
but their minds continued to dwell on the incredible tale of the
terrible beasts of long ago.
and Paddy had now replaced their favorite game of cowrate with a
game about the Robin Redbeasts. Every day they played and played
and played their new game. As they played they vividly imagined
the huge creatures and how they had terrorized Happy Valley for
so long before the Great Creator had put an end to their reign of
morning while they were playing they saw Michayla and Baby Shannon
coming in their direction. They looked at each other and smiled
broadly. Each knew instantly what the other was thinking. Paddy
said, Hey bro! Lets jump out from behind a couple
of trees and scare the dooky out of them! Paden said, Cool!
Lets do it!
crept silently to a point ahead of the two little female mice and
each hid behind a different tree to await their approach. As Michayla
and Baby Shannon passed the tree where Paden was hiding he suddenly
jumped out from it and shouted, CHIRRRRRRRP! as loud
as he could. The two little female mice jumped high in the air and
screamed, AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! Then Michayla said, Paden!
You are an idiot! You scared us to death! Then just as suddenly
Paddy jumped out from behind another tree just behind the other
mice and also screamed, CHIRRRRRRPPP! Again. Michayla
and Baby Shannon jumped high in the air and screamed, AAAAAAHHHHHH!
Paden and Paddy rolled on the ground in laughter. Michayla screamed
at them saying, You idiots! You two are going to get in really
big trouble! Thats not funny at all. You scared us to death
and Im telling on you! Paden and Paddy stopped laughing.
They knew that Papa OMalley and Pat Pilgrim would be very
angry about them scaring their sisters like that!
said, Oh come on Michayla! We were just fooling around.
Baby Shannon was crying hysterically because she had been scared
so bad. Michayla hugged Baby Shannon and tried to comfort her but
it was no use. She was really scared. Michayla angrily pushed her
brother and said, Paden! You think that making Baby Shannon
cry like that is funny? Paden knew that he was going to be
in big trouble but when Michayla pushed him it made him angry. He
said, You keep your nasty mitts to yourself and dont
you EVER push me again. He looked like he might hit his sister.
Paddy said, Paden! Cut it out! Then Paddy grabbed Paden
and pulled him away from Michayla. As he pulled Paden away Paden
was talking junk to his sister and Michayla was shouting back at
him. As Paddy pulled Paden farther and farther away they could still
hear Michayla yelling at them. Then they heard another voice and
it brought Paden back from his anger immediately. It was Penny!
They could hear Michayla and Baby Shannon crying and telling Penny
what had happened and that Paden had pushed her.
hadnt pushed her, although he certainly would have if it werent
for Paddy pulling him away in time. Now as he listened to the story
telling in the distance he KNEW that he really was in BIG trouble.
Then he heard Penny calling for him, Paden! Paden where are
you? You come here right this instant! Paden gulped loudly
and said, What do we do Paddy? Were dead! Paddy
said, Whoah bro! Unless youve got some miniature
mouse in your pocket Im not following that we
part. I didnt hear my name being mentioned. Padens
mouth dropped wide open. He said, Et tu brute?
shook his head back and forth as he said, Look bro
been through a lot together but I had nothing to do with this stuff!
Paden said, Youre a liar! You were the one that said
for us to jump out and scare them and thats how all this junk
got started! Paddy smiled and said, Maybe Im confused
and you can correct me if Im wrong but I didnt hear
your sister saying anything about me did she?
sarcastic comment didnt sit well with Paden who was already
steaming mad from Michayla pushing him and lying to Penny about
him supposedly pushing her. Paden glared at his best friend and
his eyes began to turn red from the burning anger that was consuming
him. Paddy glared back at his friend and then after a few minutes
of glaring blurted out, What are staring at you stupid turkey?
Padens mouth dropped open even wider. Then in an uncontrollable
fit of rage he jumped on Paddy and screamed, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
two little mice began fighting like crazy. They were biting and
scratching and kicking each other and screaming at the top of their
lungs as they fought. Penny and Michayla could hear the noise and
they both listened intently trying to figure out what the terrible
sounds were that they were hearing.
the noise reached its peak Pat and Papa OMalley came upon
Penny, Michayla and Baby Shannon. Baby Shannon was still sobbing
and they wondered what was wrong with her but their keen ears picked
up the terrible sounds coming from Paden and Paddy as they fought
in the distance. Papa OMalley said, What in the world
is that noise? Penny just shrugged her shoulders in uncertainty.
Michayla said, It probably those two idiots! Pat
said, What two idiots? Michayla said, Paden and
Paddy. Theyve been acting like idiots ever since they heard
that stupid story about the Robin Redbeasts!
and Papa OMalley ran in the direction of the noise and quickly
came upon the two little mice fighting with each other. Pat screamed,
Paden! Cut it out! Papa OMalley chimed in saying,
Paddy! Get off of Paden and get over here right now.
Paden and Paddy were very angry and did not stop fighting. Pat and
Papa OMalley rushed over and pulled them apart. The two larger
mice had trouble over powering the two younger mice because of their
they finally got them separated Pat held Paden firmly by the shoulders
and said, Paden! What is wrong with you? Stop acting like
this right now or Im going to ground you and you wont
be playing Robin Redbeast anymore! Paden yelled, I dont
care! Everybody is against me! Everybody us being mean to me and
lying about me! I dont care what anybody does! I hate it here!
Papa OMalley was trying to calm Paddy down. Papa OMalley
said, Whats the matter with you son? Whats
all of this about? Paddy started crying and said, Its
all Padens fault. He started this junk! With that Paden
started crying and screaming, You see what I mean? LIARS!
Theyre LIARS! I didnt start this! Pat said, Paden,
then you tell me what happened. Paden said, Why? So
you can lie about me too? Pat warned him about being disrespectful
and Paden started crying harder. Then he broke away from Pat and
started running away from them. Pat yelled, Paden! Stop! Wait
was too late. Paden quickly disappeared into the distance. Then
Penny came on the scene and asked what was going on. Pat told her
that Paden had been uncontrollable and ran away. Penny said, Lets
get back to the homeground and try to get this straightened out.
Paden will come back soon.
they made their way back to the home ground the younger mice wanted
to talk. Penny told them to wait because they were going to have
a meeting and get advice on how best to handle this situation.
they got back to the homeground they immediately went to the meeting
area and all got up on the little stools that the mice sit on while
getting advice. The younger mice sat in the area for those who were
in need of advice for their actions and Pat, Penny, Papa OMalley
and Virginia who had now joined the group sat in the section for
mice getting advice on how to handle disciplinary situations.
elders appeared and sat at on the stools for the wise councilors
who would pass judgment of the situation at hand. Pat began the
discussion and explained what he had observed. Penny then explained
what she had observed. Then the leading elder, Finnigan asked Michayla
what had happened. She explained the story by highlighting Padens
involvement and even said that he had pushed her. The adults all
shook their heads in disgust. Then it was Paddys turn. He
also lied about Paden and said that the whole thing was Padens
idea and that Paden had pushed Michayla.
was bad day in Happy Valley as the little mice all told lies about
Paden. That was only the beginning of poor Padens problems
because as he ran he got farther and farther away from his beloved
homeground and darkness began to fall all around him. He suddenly
realized that he was in great danger and he had no idea where he
heard a menacing sound behind him and as he turned he saw a huge
coyote snarling and drooling right in his face. In his anger and
emotion he had forgotten the most important golden rule for a mouse
always be alert for predators. It looked like there was no escape.
Paden gulped and closed his eyes.
© 2003 Geoff Hampton
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
business consultant. Hampton is the Executive Director for St. Mary's
Health and Fitness Center in Powell, TN and is also a regular columnist
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