bendy… and FLY…!
S C HAMILL 2016
CHAPTER ONE: The
CHAPTER FOUR: Next
EARTH ANGEL BOOKS
Chapter one: The
“Oh no, he’s
catching me up,” the mouse squeaked, turning around to see the
panting fox as he scurried relentlessly through the undergrowth of
the forest and the crafty fox continued to give chase.
“I heard that, and
yes, little fellow, you are mine to gobble all up,” the fox replied
with surety as the mouse continued to run for its life, knowing he
could well be the hungry fox’s next meal as the fox continued with
its goal, and charged after his prize for all he was worth. He
brushed hard into a magnolia plant, but carried on regardless of the
pain in his tired legs. Just as the fox was about to pounce on the
mouse, he finally reached a safe haven and disappeared into his hole.
“Phew, that was
close,” he said with a huge sigh of relief, knowing full well, he
wasn’t going to be eaten today.
“I’ll get you next
time,” the fox said, turning to walk away as his belly rumbled
As the rain began to
fall from the heavens, the hidden life on the magnolia plant seemed
to be awakened at long last. It was as if the jolt from the fox into
the leaves was exactly what the eggs had needed.
Soon, two of the tiny,
yellow eggs began to stir, hatch underneath the leaves and awaken,
almost at once. Within minutes, the two caterpillars who were the
first to arrive, were sat staring at each other, wondering what to
say, both in confusion and fear, but more so, with a lot of hunger.
Eggs are the
first stage in the life cycle of butterflies. They are filled with a
nutritious fluid that the developing caterpillar feed on for its
growth. Some species of caterpillar wait until the season of spring
to hatch with others hatching in about two weeks. The eggs are laid
under leaves so birds and other predators can’t find them.
Q: What does a
caterpillar do on New Year’s Day…?
A: He turns over
a new leaf!