Eddie was tired of schoolwork. Someone was always telling him
don't do that, you have to go here, do this, do that. He was fed up
with it, so when the professor came to class one day and said, "I am
giving you a break for three days. You may do as you please, except
go to the caves. That is never a wise thing to do. It is dangerous and
we have had some young eagles die in there. Eagles were not made
for caves they were made for the skies."
Eddie was feeling very rebellious, "If I want to go to those old
caves I will." He muttered to himself. He was homesick but would
never admit it to anyone. He went off by himself, just feeling sorry
foe Eddie. He flew to the top of a large tree and just sat there
watching the others fly away in different directions. "They don't
care about me." He told himself, "no one asked me to go with
them." The truth was he had disappeared so fast the other Eagles
didn't know where he went. He began to fly around looking for
something to interest him. What he saw was Harpy eagle at the cave
entrance. Harpy was looking inside the cave. He went in a little
ways and came back out, then he went in and didn't come out for a
long time. All at once he tumbled out the opening with feathers
flying everywhere. Harpy scrambled away from the opening and as
soon as he could, he fly away, looking back over his shoulder every
"I wonder what scared him?" Eddie said to himself. He circled a
while then landed in front of the cave. Eddie peaked inside the cave
it didn't look dangerous at all. You could see way back in there. He
was still talking to himself, "There isn't anything dangerous here.
I'll just prove it." He bravely walked inside all the way to the back.
He saw there was an opening to the side he couldn't see far here,
but stepped in a little ways and began to turn around, as he did
something hit him in the back of the head and he fell forward. Eddie
scrambled up and tried to find the way back out. He ran into the
wall and something else hit him. He began to flap his wings to
knock the thing away and bruised them on the walls. Then he heard
a hissing sound. There was some kind of cat in here. He
remembered the little cats at the ranger station, but this sounded
much larger. It was growling and hissing, then every thing was
quiet. I need to get out of here, he thought. Eddie made himself as
small as possible and turned his head all around looking for a little
light. He saw it, just a dull glow. That must be the opening, he
began to inch his way toward it. The cat screamed and jumped, at
the same time Eddie leaped for the opening. He made it by inches,
but the cat was not giving up this time. As Eddie leaped into the air
the cat landed just where he had been setting. Eddie flew in a circle
to see what kind of cat it was. He didn't know it's name but it was
larger that Spot and a yellow brown color with a long tail that
twitched back and forth as he looked up and hissed at Eddie flying
overhead. Eddy just couldn't resist the urge he flew in closer to the
cat and screamed at it. The cat surprised him by jumping up almost
hitting him with its big paw.
Eddie decided it was time to leave the area. He flew away to his
favorite fishing hole. After resting a while and smoothing his
feathers he caught a fish and had a good meal. He decided to find a
place to spend the night. As he looked around he saw the Harpy
down on the lakeshore trying to catch a fish, but he wasn't having
any luck. He seemed to be injured. Eddie flew out, caught a fish and
dropped it in front of the other eagle.
Eddy was feeling much better, after his narrow escape. Helping
the other eagle brought him back to reality. Life was not just about
him; but being a friend when he could, made life much better.
I think Eddie learned that adults do know what they are talking
about. He planned to pay attention the next time and avoid some
Don't rebel at the rules you are told to follow. If you do it will
bring you trouble. Eddie could have been badly hurt he was lucky
he only had a terrible scare.
What have you learned this month? I hope you didn't have to
learn your lesson the hard way like Eddie did.
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