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Toby T-RexLightning Strikes
By Thomas Hund
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Thomas Hund
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Chapter OneThe mountain began to shake. A bad-tempered earthquake rumbled like thunder. Boulders raced down the mountain. A landslide sent several forest animals on a frenzied search for cover. Then just like that, it became quiet.
In an open area, surrounded by trees, Tobias Toad was the first forest creature to bravely venture out from hiding. He slowly hopped about inspecting his habitat. Boulders were everywhere. Strangely, sitting in the middle of the area was a small object shaped like an egg.
"My, my, my," croaked Tobias as he studied the object. "What is it? It's bigger than a chicken egg. And it's bigger than one of Darcy Duck's eggs."
"Actually, it's similar to an ostrich egg," quacked Darcy as she and the other forest animals appeared. Then she tapped the object with her beak and said, "Smooth and well-shaped and good coloring, but it's clearly not a real egg."
Levi Lynx warily approached the object. He pawed it, sniffed it, and licked it. "Not an egg," he lightly growled. "But it's not a rock either."
Willis Weasel had a stick in his mouth. He used it to gently strike the object. He dropped the stick and gave his opinion. "Well, I say it's the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Maybe something magical caused it to appear."
Lumbering up to the object was Bertha Bear. With her huge paw she carefully rolled it over to examine it. "Perhaps it was made by a human," she said.
"If that's so, then maybe it will explode," cautioned Scully Squirrel. "Humans are good at making tricky, dangerous thingamajigs that harm animals."
"I say it's just a well-shaped rock that nature has made," said Myrna Muskrat.
Scully chuckled, "Or it's from outer space. Here come the aliens!"
"Be serious!" scolded Myrna. "This isn't a joke."
"I'm sure we'll have a good laugh later," said Bertha. "But for now, we need to treat this thing cautiously."
A few minutes later the sky darkened. Lightning and loud claps of thunder overwhelmed the forest. Rain pelted the animals as they ran for cover.
"Now do you believe me?" shouted Willis. "Something magical is happening! First there was an earthquake, then a landslide, and now a storm! What's next?"
A dangerous lightning bolt was next. It struck the object. There was a loud explosion. All the animals had to cover their eyes. Smoke and dust filled the air.
When the air cleared, Tobias shouted, "Look! The thing ... it's different!"
Bertha cautiously inched toward the object and sniffed, saying, "The thing is not a rock anymore. Look at it. It's a ... it's a real egg."
"I'll be the judge of that," quacked Darcy. "After all, I'm an egg layer; I'll know if it's real." She studied the object, tapped it with her beak, and nudged it. "Hmm! I'll be a genuine feather duster! It is a real egg!"
"Creepy!" said the muskrat. "How can that be?"
"Perhaps Willis is right," considered Levi. "Nature is filled with magical power. Lightning is so awesome that when it strikes, it can do anything it wants."
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