"Innes, go and get me some cheese!"
ordered Gregor, a bully of a mouse.
"Why do I have to get cheese for
you?" Innes asked.
"Because if you donít, Iíll tie your
tail in a big knot and hang you from a willow tree. Every cat wandering
the glen will want you for his supper," Gregor sneered.
Innes gulped. "Iíll find you some
cheese," and ran into the woods. "Why do I have to find his cheese? Heís
nothing but a big bully," he mumbled. "Where am I going to find cheese
"Who are you talking to?" Elspeth
asked. She fluttered her orange wings slowly up and down.
Innes looked at the butterfly. "Iím
talking to myself. Gregor wants me to find him some cheese. If I donít,
heíll tie my tail in a knot and hang me from the willow tree so the cats
can eat me."
"Thatís horrible. Who is Gregor?"
"Heís a big, fat mouse with gray fur
and a long tail, and heís a big bully too," Innes sighed.
"You shouldnít let him bully you
around. Let him get his own cheese," Elspeth said.
"Heís much bigger than I am," Innes
"Iíll help you," Elspeth told him.
"Youíre just a butterfly. How can a
tiny butterfly fight a big, fat mouse like Gregor?" Innes asked.
"Iíve got a plan. First of all, we
need to go and find some cheese. I know where we can get some. Follow me,"
the butterfly said and fluttered away. Innes followed. "If you go into
that shed, youíll find bits of cheese lying on the ground."
Innes crept inside. He was nervous
that there might be a cat lurking around, but there wasnít. He grabbed the
cheese and ran back outside into the woods. "Iíve got it. It looks very
delicious. Can I have a nibble of it?" he asked.
"No, Innes; not yet. Now, take the
cheese to Gregor," Elspeth said.
"But how will that help me?" Innes
"Iím going to go and have a talk
with another one of my friends, Archibald. Heís a cat," she said.
"A cat?" Innes shrieked.
"Iíll tell him not to hurt you. Iíll
tell him about Gregor and what a bully he is. Archibald doesnít like mice.
He prefers to eat cheese," Elspeth giggled.
"Oh, I see. Itís a cat that likes
cheese, not mice. Iíve never heard of such a thing," Innes scoffed.
"Innes, trust me. Do you want to
stop Gregor from being a bully, or not?" she asked.
"Do as I say. Take the cheese to
Gregor and Iíll be there shortly with Archibald. Donít worry or be scared.
Heís a big cat," she assured him.
Innes watched as Elspeth fluttered
away. He ran with the cheese into the glen. "Gregor, Iíve got your
cheese," he shouted.
"Itís about time. Give it to me!"
Gregor commanded, running out from between some large stones. Innes handed
the cheese to the bully. "These arenít very big pieces. You havenít been
eating any of it, have you?"
"What was that?" Gregor asked.
"It sounded like a cat," Innes
Archibald leapt out from behind a
tree. He walked closer and closer to Gregor. "Give me the cheese," he
meowed. Gregor, horrified with fear, handed the pieces of cheese to the
cat. "I hear that youíre a bully and like to pick on Innes," Archibald
said, picking Gregor up by the tail.
"Donít eat me. Please, donít eat
me," Gregor begged.
"If you promise to leave Innes and
all the other small mice in the glen alone, then Iíll let you go, but if I
ever hear of you being a bully again, Iíll come back and gobble you up,"
"I promise," Gregor gulped, feeling
Innes watched from behind a mushroom
as Archibald ran to the willow tree with Gregor. "Iím going to teach you a
lesson about how it feels to be bullied," Archibald laughed. He took
Gregor and tied his tail in a big knot and hung him from a branch of the
willow tree. "There, how does it feel?" The cat ran away. Innes could hear
his laughter echoing from deep into the woods.
Innes ran into the wildflowers,
leaving Gregor hanging by his tail. "Hee hee. Innes canít bully me any
more. Thank you, Elspeth," he called to the butterfly. He climbed up on
top of a fat mushroom and did a dance of joy. "No more bullies. No more
From that day on, Gregor found his
own cheese and never went near the willow tree again.