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Monday, December 20, 2010

A Small Christmas "Tail"-5

Thanks again for the wonderful comments. We're approaching the end...

A Small Christmas "Tail"

The doe saw Casey and her eyes grew wide. She didn't move a muscle, as though frozen in place. Casey feared she might flee at any moment and tried to reassure her.

"Hello, ma'am. Don't worry. I'm only an ordinary little pup. I don't chase deer."

She seemed to relax a bit, yet prudently kept her distance as she spoke.

"Sorry. I'm still pretty skittish. Things have been so frightening in the woods. Thank heaven it's better now."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, it's finally Christmas. We look forward to it all year. Christmas is the time when the men with guns leave the woods and peace finally returns for us."

Casey's ears pricked forward.

"Are you saying that Christmas means peace?"

"For us it does. No more guns blazing. No more running for our lives. No more beloved friends that disappear forever."

The doe's eyes sparkled with liquid. Casey shook his head.

"That sounds terrible."

"Yes, indeed it is. That's why we're so fond of Christmas. Now if you'll excuse me, I must get home so my family doesn't worry."

And with that, the doe turned and bounded away through the trees. Casey listened until he could no longer hear the sound of her hooves drumming along the ground.

Puzzled, he tried to sort out his thoughts. So many different opinions. Did Christmas mean fun, sharing, home, or peace? It certainly wasn't an easy concept to pin down. A northern breeze ruffled his fur and Casey shivered. The sun had sunk low enough to make the air feel cooler even without the wind.  He longed for the warmth of home and the dinner that he knew awaited him.

A full stomach never failed to inspire. Perhaps he could figure out the meaning of Christmas later.


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

The animals do know best, don't they?

Doris Sturm said...

What a lovely story - I love animal tails (tales)...thank you for your Christmas stories.

Blessings to you and yours,
Doris and the Gizz

Mr. Pip said...

Oh, this is sweet. I think I missed the earlier stories, but will go back and check them out.

Your pal, Pip

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Stumpy is khorrekht of khourse!


RYKER said...

Nooooo, you can't stop till Christmas Eve!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Oh, that was so lovely I actually have tears in my eyes reading it. We humans have a lot to answer for where animals are concerned.

Frankie Furter said...

Your story just keeps getting better and better!!!

Peggy Frezon said...

I love that you're sharing a story! I always thought deer seem very intelligent. I am looking forward to more!

Chris said...

what a nice story - thanks for sharing it. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Kristine said...

It seems the animals know a lot more about this than the people I know. Not a real surprise there. Animals seem to be born with the Christmas spirit and carry it all year long.

Lynn said...

Just now catching up a little - and read all the stories - how sweet!