Deep in the autumn woods, where crispy leafs fell from the branches and mud squelched, the animals played. One day the animals decided to have a race through the woods.
“Let’s have a race to pass the time” called out Harriet the horse.
“There’s no point. I’ll win” said Eyan the Eagle smugly.
“It will be fun” squeaked Chippy the Mouse.
“I like apples!!” shouted the insane pig, Percy.
“Let’s do it!” said Bristle the Hedgehog.
“On your marks, get set, GO!” Shouted Nutty the Squirrel.
So the animals set off! Harriet galloped off in the lead, her mane blowing in the wind. Eyan was just behind Harriet, he glided down to try and distract Harriet from looking ahead so she would hopefully bump into something.
“You’re rubbish!” Eyan said naughtily.
“I’m better than you! I’m winn- OWWW!” cried Harriet as she hit her head against an oak tree.
Eyan laughed as he continued to fly in first place. Percy was dancing and prancing through lakes, not concentrating on coming first. But Percy was having a great time splashing in the shimmering water, and rolling in the squelchy mud, while the others were concentrating on taking first place.
Chippy was sly, he slipped through small gaps and holes coming in third place after Harriet, who was still going determined to beat Eyan, and then Bristle shuffled along trying to keep up with the others while Percy happily skipped in last place, but didn’t care he was losing at all.
Soon they came across a muddy swamp, and there was no way round it. Eyan’s talons skimmed the dirty bog as Harriet got stuck in it, she couldn’t canter through it because it was so thick and it made her go slower. Chippy bounced from lily pad to lily pad now coming second. Bristle rolled down a steep hill and leaped over the swamp, still in a ball, coming in fourth place.
Eventually they came across a thorn bush. All of them stopped trying to figure how to get past this obstacle, apart from Bristle, who had his prickly spikes to shield him from the thorns.
Harriet jumped over it coming second, just behind Bristle. Eyan tried to fly over it but his talons got stuck underneath a spiky branch. Chippy got a bit stuck here, and ended up legging it right through the thorn bush, getting all injured and sore.
Eyan was coming in last place!!? He couldn’t believe it! He was truly stuck and there was absolutely no way out! Meanwhile Percy pig was long off. Still dancing around chasing butterflies.
The next obstacle was a maze. A truly puzzled maze that seemed impossible to get through. Chippy staggered along finally catching up. While Harriet decided just to gallop at full speed round corners until she found the finish line which was in the the centre of the maze. Harriet was off! She sprinted and she cantered round corners and she really thought she was going to make it! But when she skidded round the next corner to her surprise she bashed right into a dead end and got her head stuck! Meanwhile Chippy was stumbling behind, bleeding all over.
“Ouch!” Chippy squealed as he tried to keep up with Harriet and Bristle.
Bristle was coming in second place, rolling through the maze always bumping into dead ends. Meanwhile Percy was still chasing his beautiful butterfly. The beautiful butterfly led Percy into the Mysterious Maze, flying round corners, down paths, but strangely they didn’t bump into ANY dead ends… Percy was racing now practically flying like the butterfly, until… there he was! In he centre of the maze!! He had won!
“You’ve won! You’ve won! You’ve won!” Cried Nutty the Squirrel, punching the air with a brown flag in his left claw. Percy’s lips quivered, as his eyes started to water… Suddenly “WAAAAAH!!” He screamed, bursting into tears.
“No no, it’s not SAD Percy, it’s happy! It’s great! You’ve won!” Nutty happily said with a great big smile on his face, showing off his ginormous teeth.
“It’s not that” Percy wailed.
“Oh, then what is it?” Replied Nutty scratching his head.
“The butterfly! It’s gone!” Percy cried.
“Oh” said Nutty, “typical, typical Percy.” And Nutty was right, this WAS typical Percy.”
Suddenly Harriet galloped in, with leafs all over her head. “Have I won, have I won?” panted Harriet, coming in second place.
“I’m afraid not!” shouted Nutty, “our winner is right here!” he exclaimed, pointing at Percy playing with the lost butterfly.
“You’re kidding.” Harriet mumbled under her breath.
In third place came Bristle, looking very dizzy after bumping into lots of dead ends.
“Bristle! Well done! Third place!” shouted Nutty.
Bristle gave a wobbly smile, he was too dizzy to speak or even give a whoop.
Finally a poor and injured Chippy emerged from the mist.
“Ahhhhh, Chippy. At last. Congratulations! Fourth place!” said Nutty, jumping up and down.
Chippy gave a little sigh of joy, then flopped on the ground, face first in pain. “Ouch!” squealed Nutty, practically feeling Chippy’s pain.
Eventually, after a long wait, there he was, the egotistical eagle, who always won everything, coming in last place.
“LOSER!” shouted Nutty, cracking up at his own silly joke. Eyan looked ENTIRELY unamused.
“I’m just kidding Eyan, you still did well, you ALL did well, ESPECIALLY Percy.” said Nutty, starting to calm down. All the animals smiled at each other, and then hugged each other in a big circle.