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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: The secret Hidaway
By Betty Overstreet
09/11/06


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OH Wow! Finally, the tomatoes are ready to pick. I planted those little tiny seedlings and then I waited, and waited, and the day finally arrived when I saw blossoms appear on the vines.

And then, I waited some more. A week or two later an itty-bitty, round, green thing appeared. And then, one morning I walked out into the garden amid the vines and discovered the tiny ,green , round balls have become cherry tomatoes!! Ready to Harvest!

I ran back into the house and grabbed a basket and was ready to taste the bounty. As I reached under the bush to pick a tomato I suddenly felt a sharp peck on my finger.

OUCH! Next I heard a strange, familiar chirping sound coming from beneath the bush. As I looked closer between the vines I saw a Puffed up Mama quail ready to pounce on me again.

As I stood my ground, staring her in the eye, I realized she was sitting on a pile of eggs-babies waiting to be born.

Each day I carefully pulled aside the vine to check the eggs and finally one day I heard the chirping sound again on the pathway behind my garden. There, in a straight little line were about a dozen baby quail following their mama and learning to walk along searching for food as they wondered off into their future.


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Betty Castleberry09/15/06
Is this true? It's an endearing story, either way. Thanks for sharing!
Jan Ross09/16/06
Gardens never cease to amaze me -- such surprises we find! :) Nice story! I feel you could have elaborated on it some. However, the length isn't what matters as much as the story content. Thanks for sharing -- I assume this was a personal story! :)
Marilyn Schnepp 09/16/06
I LOVE these short, sweet and to the point stories! And this was no exception...darling little quail, all in a row, following momma out of your garden. So precious. Thanks for the smile and the Secret Hidaway.
Donna Haug09/16/06
So ... did you ever get the tomatos?? ;) Cute story.