headed for the pond to have a swim and then do some sunbathing. It was
a warm day with plenty of blue sky. Birds chirped in the trees and the
smell of flowers filled the air.
As they neared
the pond one of the tortoises heard a noise. “Stop. I heard something,”
pulled his head into the shell.
“I think it was
a crocodile,” Tommy said.
“There are no
crocodiles in the pond,” Todd said.
A loud roar
bellowed from the pond. All the tortoises were so afraid that they ran,
as fast as tortoises can run, back into the woods. They bumped into each
other and tripped, but finally they made it to the safety of the woods.
They stayed there for an hour.
“Listen, whatever that was, it wasn’t a crocodile. It was probably just
the sound of the wind.”
“It didn’t sound
like wind to me. It sounded like a bear,” Terry said.
“Let’s go back
to the pond. I want to swim,” Tina said.
tortoises headed back to the pond. They were half way there when a loud
roar bellowed from the pond.
“Oh no! Not
again. The crocodile is back. I’m outta here.” Tina turned around and
headed back to the woods. The others followed, bumping into each other
and falling on their faces.
Once they were
in the woods they waited. Another hour passed. “Do you still think it
was the wind?” Terry looked at Tina.
“I don’t think
it was the wind, but there are no crocodiles in that pond,” Tina said.
“I don’t think
there are either. We haven’t heard the sound in a whole hour. Let’s go
back there,” said Tommy.
One by one the
tortoises headed for the pond. This time they made it all the way to the
edge of the water. Tommy slid under. He stuck his head out. “This is so
cool and refreshing.”
Seeing as how
there was no roar, the others slipped into the water. After a few
minutest Terry gulped. “Uh, guys, there’s a crocodile in here. I can see
it’s beady eyes.”
turned to see. “Yikes!” They swam over to the bank and climbed out and
ran as fast as their fat, chubby legs would take them. They bashed into
tree trunks and tripped over rocks, but didn’t stop until they were safe
and hidden by the trees.
Just then a
large frog leaped out of the water. It had big beady eyes and croaked so
loud that it sounded like a roar.
Tina smiled. “It
wasn’t a crocodile after all. It was just a frog. I’m going back for a
swim.” She went right into the water and swam about.
followed and spent the whole day swimming and lying on the rocks, happy
there was no crocodile.