at the homeground Paden was in really, really big trouble! The lies
that were told against him had been judged harshly by the elders.
The elders had decreed that Paden would be grounded and made to
stay with Pat at all times for a whole month. This would be a bitter
punishment for such a fun loving mouse as Paden!
and Paddy were beginning to feel bad about their lies. With Paden
missing and their natural feelings of having done wrong hanging
on their hearts, they were very sad. However, they still didnt
tell anyone the truth about what had happened.
poor Paden felt as though he was surely about to die. The nasty
coyote was growling and getting so close that Paden started crying.
His eyes were clamped shut. His head started spinning and he was
about to pass out of consciousness.
he heard a sound that hurt his ears it was so loud. The sound went;
CHIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRP! and then Paden heard a couple of
fast ground shaking steps. The coyote suddenly screamed out in obvious
pain. The sound was horrible. Paden was so afraid to open his eyes,
but the sound was too much to ignore. As he opened his eyes they
nearly popped out of his head a loud, What the
sound came from his mouth.
he looked to his left he saw an enormous red bird that was terribly
ugly holding the motionless coyote in its huge beak. The huge ugly
bird looked right at Paden and opened its beak and dropped the coyote.
As it opened its beak a nasty smell came out and an earsplitting,
CHIRRRRRRRP! followed the odor. It scared the dickens
out the poor little mouse. His legs wouldnt move and his lips
were quivering as though he was trying to make some sound, but none
came out. The gigantic ug-ga-lee bird let out another bellow, CHIRRRRRRRRP!
and Padens legs started moving and he started screaming, AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
as he began to run.
ran and ran and ran as fast as he could. He was screaming at the
top of his lungs as he ran. He was too scared to look back. It was
getting really dark and the woods looked so scary. Then he saw a
little crevice under some rocks and a large bush. He ran in and
fell down on the ground. His mind was racing and thinking a million
thoughts all at the same time. He was so tired and scared that he
couldnt even move. He wondered aloud, What was that?
Then even louder, What was that????? It had looked like
what he had imagined a Robin Redbeast to look like
but it couldnt
be! The Robin Redbeasts are all dead. Brogan had told him and Paddy
that they had ALL died a long, long time ago! What was that?...he
he burst into uncontrollable crying and sobbing. He kept thinking
about how Brogan had said that according to the legend there were
still eggs up in Cades Cove from the Robin Redbeast. Could one have
hatched? Was that really a Robin Redbeast? It did make the loud
CHIRRRRRP! sound that Brogan had said they made. It
even sounded like the tone of a bull bellowing in the field like
Brogan had said they did. It had to be a Robin Redbeast!
was so scared he didnt have any idea about what to do. He
was worried about his family. What if that Robin Redbeast went to
the homeground? They would have no warning and he might eat all
of his family and friends.
Paden fell into a deep, deep sleep. In his tormented sleep a vision
flowed eerily through his mind. The vision was of a beautiful glowing
mouse who spoke without moving its mouth. The voice sounded like
a beautiful soft whisper from a mature female mouse. The mouse identified
herself as Tanasi, keeper of the mice of the valley
of the river. She spoke softly to Paden, My little friend
am here to warn you of the terrible danger that you have brought
upon yourself and your loved ones. When the elder Brogan told you
the legend about the Robin Redbeast, you should have heard, remembered
and not glorified the memory of the terrible beast by playing your
Robin Redbeast game. Brogan may have known the story, but if he
knew the whole legend he would have told you to never speak of the
Beast again. Unfortunately, you and Paddy have created a dreadful
situation by playing your Redbeast game all the time. You have given
life to one of the terrible creatures and it may be too late to
stop the one that has reappeared. Hopefully, with the approval of
the Great Creator, myself and others will go to work trying to eliminate
this one. You must learn from your mistake and NEVER do anything
like that again. Always remember that when a legend is revealed
to you, it should not be openly taunted or played with. Many legends
was stunned and even more terrified. He was trying to wake himself
up. He didnt know if what was happening was real or just some
crazy dream! He started calling out for his Grandmother, Penny!
Penny! Please save me! Help me please Penny! Im soooooooo
scared! There was nothing but the sounds of the creatures
of the night. No soothing voice came from Penny. No answers as to
whether this was all real or just a dream. Just loneliness and fear
for poor little Paden.
Paden was awakened from whatever had happened by the sound of beautiful
birds chirping and the early morning light streaming in under the
crevice that he had found safety in. His eyes blinked and blinked
and blinked as he tried to wake up. He looked around and was scared.
He really didnt even know where he was because he had just
run blindly with anger after the lies had been told about him. He
was really afraid to look outside of his safe haven for fear that
the Robin Redbeast would be lurking there waiting to get him.
was softly crying and trying to muster the courage to look out and
come up with a plan to get back to the homeground. Finally he just
screamed, Ahhhhhhhhhh! and went running full speed out
from under the crevice. He didnt look to the left or to the
right. He just ran and ran and ran. As he ran he was hoping to find
a familiar looking place that could begin to get him back on the
path to the homeground.
he ran he kept hearing inside his mind the terrible sound that the
coyote had made when the Robin Redbeast took him. Then he remembered
the awful odor that came out of the Robin Redbeasts mouth just before
the loud sound had pierced his little ears. Then he remembered the
words of the spirit visitor, Tanasi. He vowed to NEVER again play
the Robin Redbeast game.
got tired quickly. He hadnt slept well. He hadnt eaten
and he was soooo tired. Finally he had to rest. He ran under a little
rock and fell down in a heap. He was just about to fall asleep when
he heard a very loud, CHIRRRRRRP! from very close by.
He just started to cry. He knew that the Robin Redbeast was going
to take him and that would be it. It really was real. Everything
that he had hoped that he was just imagining was real! Then he heard
the loud noise the creatures steps made and he even felt the
ground shaking when the terrible beast took each step! It was getting
closer and closer and closer!
was shaking like a leaf from fear. He didnt know what to do.
He was so afraid that he was about to die! Then his worst fear came
true as the huge Red Beast kicked the stone he was hiding under
with his ug-ga-lee, nasty feet and the stone flew through the air
revealing Paden. Then the nasty beast leaned down and bellowed out
a really, really loud, CHIRRRRRP! The foul odor almost
made Paden throw up, but the fear for his life was even greater.
he looked up at the huge creature his mouth opened wide as if to
scream but no sound came out. His eyes were bulging out of his head.
He couldnt help but notice the fur and blood all over the
Redbeasts beak. Paden wanted to run but his feet wouldnt
move. All his muscles were frozen in fear. Then the Beast let out
one last, CHIRRRRRRRP! and opened his beak wide to take
Paden. Paden closed his eyes again and waited for the Beast to take
To Be Continued
2003 Geoff Hampton
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
business consultant. Hampton is also the Executive Director for
St. Mary's Health & Fitness Center in Powell, TN and is also
a regular columnist for the wellness/fitness Website www.fitcommerce.com
and Canku Ota. He can be reached by E-mail at GEOFFLHAMPTON@aol.com.
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