woke up early in the morning and was crying hysterically. She had
been so angry with Paden, but now she was worried sick. Where was
he she wondered? Was he okay? She was very concerned. She woke Pat
up and asked him to try to find some other adult mice to venture
out and try to find her beloved little Paden. Pat agreed and called
out an assembly of the other adult male mice by the use of a piercing
loud whistle. All of the adult male mice quickly gathered at the
they all assembled Pat took his place on the speakers stone.
He had called the meeting and was in charge of the event. As most
of the adult male mice arrived he cleared his throat to get their
attention. He said, Ahhhhhhh Hmmmmmm! and the other
mice quieted down and took their seats to listen to hear what Pat
had called the meeting for.
began to speak saying, Gentlemen! I have called you here today
because Penny and I are fearful that something bad may have happened
to our beloved little nephew Paden! The crowd of adult male
mice looked around at each other and began speaking to one another
about what Pat had said. Then Pat said, Brothers! I need your
help! Who among you will volunteer to go out into the woods with
me to find the poor little mouse?
not one mouse volunteered. They just sort of looked around at each
other and shrugged their shoulders. Then one of the older mice shouted
out, Hey Pilgrim! Isnt that boy Paden the one that the
Elders have decreed such severe punishment was to be given for his
lying and for his trouble controlling his anger? I mean he is a
very violent mouse isnt he? Why should I
or anyone else
here for that matter help you find him when we dont even know
if hes in trouble or just running away from home? Tell me
tell us all why!
was surprised at the rude response. He and Penny did more for everyone
else than any other mouse in the homeground. It actually made him
very angry and he could feel the heat in his cheeks as his blood
pressure rose sharply. He was well respected and had to choose his
words carefully at this point. He said, Brother mouse. Your
response is rude and unacceptable. You may have a problem with Paden,
but he is just a little boy. I am not Paden and you are addressing
not Paden. I suggest that you reconsider that nasty response.
Every mouse here has heard your rude words and the obnoxious way
that you have presented them to me. Paden is my beloved nephew and
I will fight for him or any other member of my family that are disrespected
by you or any other mouse. I will not stand long to hear you take
back that obnoxious response. Consider this fair warning that you
are in danger. Pat looked very angry and the other mice were
looking around at each other not quite sure what to do. Then a large
laborer mouse walked over to the mouse who had disrespected Pat
and warned the mouse to apologize as well.
rude mouse, named Finnegan looked embarrassed and afraid. Suddenly
he blurted out, Oh
.I was just kidding Pilgrim! I didnt
mean that stuff. Ill be happy to help you find you find little
just shook his head back and forth in disgust at the obvious dishonesty
that had just been shown before the entire adult male mouse group.
He decided to let it go as finding Paden was his primary mission
at that point. He again spoke to the group saying, What other
brothers will join me in my search for Paden today? Then ten
other mice agreed to help. Pat smiled and called the group over
to the strategy planning area of the homeground.
appointed three team leaders and asked each one to describe their
plan and where they would go to search for Paden. After about forty-five
minutes the group had a solid plan. They decided to meet up at Look
Rock at three oclock in the afternoon to see who had found
what. Then off they went. Each team went off in a separate direction
to try to find Paden.
back at Padens location, he was sure that he was about to
die. As the Robin Redbeast got close Paden heard a familiar sound.
It was the shrill screeching call of a Redtail hawk. Suddenly the
Robin Redbeast whirled around and struck out at something that Paden
couldnt see. Paden wasted no time in running as fast as he
could. He ran and ran and ran. Then he stopped at the top of a hill
to look back.
Paden looked back he saw the Robin Redbeast trying to fight off
two large Redtail hawks. The hawks were flying all around the terrible
beast and attacking it as they flew. The beast had no wings large
enough to fly and it was so big that it was slow moving. The hawks
were drawing blood from the creature.
Redbeast was obviously unafraid and stood its ground during the
attacks, but the faster more agile hawks were inflicting serious
damage. Paden knew that he should run but this was way too interesting!
Finally the larger hawk, a male that Paden thought looked familiar
landed on the back of the huge beasts neck and savagely attacked
it with his sharp beak and talons.
the Red Beast began to stagger around and fell against a tree. It
was still trying to bite the hawk that had landed on the back of
its neck but it just couldnt reach it. Then the beast began
to make terrible noises. The loud sound that it had been making
was now hard to hear and it was sounding like a desperation call
for help. It said, CHIRRRPPP! Then it fell to the ground
with a huge thud sound.
second hawk flew down and started attacking the beast as well at
that point. Paden watched in awe as the huge beast slowly but surely
moved less and less and less as the hawks continued their attack
without any let up. Then finally the beast was still. Paden jumped
up and down and screamed, Yeahhhhhh! as loud as he could.
Paden made that sound the two hawks looked up and directly at him.
It made Paden feel scared and he started to run again. He ran and
ran and ran. As he went further he began to hear a faint sound in
the distance. He stopped to listen. He was breathing very heavily
from all of his running and being so scared. He tried to hold his
breath and listen. He became perfectly still and listened intently.
Then he clearly heard a mouse calling his name off in the distance.
He heard, Paden! Paden! Where are you Paden? It sounded
like Pat! Paden screamed at the top of his lungs, Hey! Im
over here! Im over here! HELP!!!!!
Paden started crying. The whole experience had been way too much
for one little mouse. Then he started running in the direction of
the cries he had heard from Pat. As he ran he began to get dizzy.
Then he fell on the ground and passed out of consciousness. As he
lay there motionless Pat and his group of adult mice came running
up. At first they were horrified and thought that something bad
had happened to Paden.
knelt down next to his little nephew and cradled his head gently
in his lap. He began to stroke the fur on top of Padens head
and softly chant an old Irish lullaby that he sang to Paden when
he was a little baby mouse. The soft soothing melody and the gentle
stroking on his head felt so good to Paden. He had been through
so much and was craving some loving and attention.
he slowly began to awaken he looked right into Pats eyes and
started crying. He was crying uncontrollably and talking all different
things at the same time. He was saying something about everyone
lying about him and what he had done and how everyone hates him
and then he was saying something about the Robin Redbeast trying
to kill him and the hawks ended up killing the Robin Redbeast.
adult mice all looked at each other and shook their heads back and
forth in sadness for poor little Paden. He had obviously been through
a great deal and now he was imagining that a Robin Redbeast had
tried to kill him.
gently lifted the little mouse up and put him over his back. A couple
of the other mice helped get Paden into a position where Pat could
carry the little one and they could head for home.
and one other mouse decided to take Paden home while the others
went up to Look Rock to report that Paden had been found and was
being taken back to the homeground. Pat looked up towards the sky
and thanked the Great Creator for helping them find Paden safe and
they made their way back to the homeground Paden feel into a very
deep sleep. It was a restless sleep and he kept having nightmares
about the terrible Robin Redbeast. Pat was having trouble keeping
him on his back since Paden was moving around so much in his nightmares.
the mice arrived at the homeground they immediately called for a
medicine mouse to come and try to save poor little Paden. Finally
the medicine mouse arrived. He told all the other mice to go away
and leave Paden alone with Pat and Penny and him. He listened closely
to Padens heart and breathing and then gave Pat a long sad
look. Pat said, What is it? Whats the matter?
The medicine mouse clenched his lips tightly and shook his head
back and forth. Pat looked at Penny and Penny looked at Pat. They
both had fear in their eyes. They could only hope that little Paden
would make it through the coming night.
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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