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The Horse, the Dog, and the Bird
By Haywood Hogan II
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Haywood Hogan II
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Chapter OneWith the sun at its highest point on a beautiful spring day, the flowers and trees enjoyed the warmth of the day until they heard a loud sound. Benny, the farm's family dog, was doing what he does best—causing trouble.
As usual, nosy Benny was running around and investigating anything and everything that moved or did not move. Suddenly, and out of nowhere, Benny glimpsed something out of the corner of his eye. From a distance, he saw something fall out of the fruit trees.
Being the snooping, young pup that he is, Benny ran to the fruit tree to investigate. He was very excited to see what it might be and wondered, What is it? What could it be? Many great thoughts ran through his mind as he hurried closer to the very large fruit tree.
Could a fruit have fallen from the tree that I love to nibble on while lying in the long, green grasses in the wide open fields?
Could a little blue alien have fallen from the sky, and would he want to be my best friend? Or did an alien captain lose his way and needs directions to return to his home?
Or maybe, maybe just maybe, it was just my always wild and crazy imagination!
Benny got closer and closer, and just like his imagination, he ran faster and faster and faster! Almost out of breath, but overjoyed with curiosity, Benny finally reached the big fruit tree and discovered a baby bird! The young bird had fallen from its nest while trying to learn how to fly.
"Hi," Benny said. Then he quickly asked, "Are you okay?"
The baby bird replied, "Yes, I think I am. My sisters and brothers went off to fly high in the sky but left me behind because I don't know how to fly, but I really, really, really try!"
Benny asked, "What's your name, baby bird?"
"My name is Flower. What's yours?"
"Well, it's nice to meet you Flower. My name is Benny. So why can't you fly, Flower?"
Flower replied, "I don't know. I try, but I don't think I'm strong enough to fly."
Benny, who didn't know how to fly, said to Flower, "Hey! I know someone who can help you learn how to fly. Let's go see my wise, old friend, Mr. Clyde. This horse knows anything and everything!"
Benny leaned forward and scooped Flower up onto his nose. Flower then hopped to the top of Benny's head. Benny warned Flower, "Hold on tight, 'cause off we go!"
Benny took off like a super-charged race car! He raced around the huge, hundred-year-old oak tree, through the high grass fields, under the wide run-down bridge, across the flowing stream, around the farm house, and finally into the big red barn while Flower held on tight for dear life, happy to have arrived safely.
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