*drawing by Jeremy Johnson
Moss and tree covered mountains surrounded the hollow. Bumbling water flowed down the creek and over rocks. There were homes in the ground, in the rocks, in the trees, and in their trunks. In Macey Hollow there lived a badger, a rabbit, twin skunks, a red bird, and a blue bird.
Early one morning Rabbit lifted his head up out of the opening of his burrow and sniffed the air. It was cool and crisp in the Hollow. Autumn was on its way.
Rose and Zack, the skunk twins, were already out playing as they ran passed Rabbit.
Soon Badger came for morning tea with Rabbit. Rabbit scratched his nose under his eyeglasses as he poured the hot water.
"I have not seen Red Bird in two days," Badger said.
"Neither have I," replied Rabbit. "Maybe we should look for him today."
So they drank the last drop of their tea and packed nuts, crusty bread, and a carrot, in case they should need a snack. Searching the woods of Macey Hollow was known to cause hunger.
Off they went in search of Red Bird with their snack bag tied to a stick and thrown over Rabbit's back. Soon they came across Rose and Zack.
"Rose and Zack, have you seen Red Bird? We are on a search."
"No, we will come too!" said the twins.
Badger, Rabbit, and the twin skunks searched high and low through the Hollow for Red Bird. Soon they came to Mr. Oak Tree and Hoot Owl and neither one had seen him. Mr. Oak Tree said that Blue Bird had not come for his usual visit either. They all knew it must be serious then.
Rose and Zack were running up ahead. Rose tripped over a large broken branch and fell down. She thought she heard a muffled "Helloooooooo". She picked herself up and dusted off her knees.
They all decided to sit down on the mound of twigs that lay on the ground and opened their sack. Rose and Zach collected some berries off of a nearby bush. Rabbit pulled out some crispy bread from the sack and handed a piece to Badger and shared with the rest.
"Helloooooo." Rose heard a muffled voice once again.
Rabbit stood and looked at the twigs a little closer and realized they were a turned-over, held-down nest. Zack and Rose lifted up the branch which held it down and out popped Red Bird and Blue Bird.
"Thank goodness," they both cried. "I came to visit Blue Bird yesterday morning and as we said our hellos, the big wind came and down came the branch and down came Blue Bird's home and down came we."
Badger, Rabbit, Zack and Rose were so thankful to have found their friends and so were Red Bird and Blue Bird, who exclaimed, "It is great to have friends who help!"
Michelle Gill is a writer, barista, trail walker sometimes runner, disc golfer's wife, Jesus lover, book collector, mama, and old house explorer. Learn more about her story on her website www.maceyhollow.com.
Tales of Macey Hollow
In Macey Hollow moss and trees cover the mountains that surround the hollow. Bumbling waters flow down the creek and over rocks. There are homes in the ground, in the rocks, in the trees, and in their trunks.