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Coyote and the Mice (continued)


Oban the Knowledge KeeperCoyote rushed off home. The mice waited until he was out of sight, then  fell over squeaking with laughter. When they saw him coming back they  picked themselves up and pretended to tie more bags.

"You must wait until last and pull yourself up, Mr Coyote, because you are too heavy," said the mice. "No. I'll go first," said Coyote. "North  Wind is fast and could get here before I'm protected. If all of you hold  the end of the rope you can pull me up."

The mice shook their heads doubtfully. Coyote yelled "do it, or I'll be  mean to you!" "Alright," said the mice. Coyote got into the bag and the  mice tied the rope around the top of it. A mouse picked up a small stone  and threw it at the bag.

"Ouch," said Coyote "I felt a hailstone already. Quick, get me up under  the tree!" The mice pulled on the rope until Coyote swung off the ground. Then they tied the end of the rope around the tree trunk.

The mice picked up stones and threw them at the bag. "Ooowww!  Ooowww!" howled Coyote. "The hailstones hurt." "Be brave Mr Coyote. The storm will pass soon," said the mice. And they picked up bigger stones to throw at the bag."Ooowww, my head! Oooww, my back!" howled Coyote. Finally they stopped throwing stones and one of the mice said, "North Wind has  gone now, we can come down."

When Coyote's bag was on the ground and the rope untied, Coyote  slowly crawled out onto the ground, all battered and bruised. "I thought  I was going to die," he said. "They must have been the biggest hailstones ever!"

Coyote felt the ground. It was dry. He looked up at the blue sky and there wasn't a cloud to be see. "How could this be? We've just had a  hailstorm," he said.

"We tricked you, you dumb old Coyote," yelled the mice as they scurried off into their holes, laughing.

"I'll get you for this," howled Coyote, feeling his sore head. "But not  today". "Ooow, my sore head. Ooow, my sore back. Ooow, my sore nose" he cried as he slowly hobbled home to bed.

The End

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