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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Just Hum a Little Tune

Just Hum a Little Tune

"Hum. Hum. Hum. I love to hum!" said Olivia. The tiny bird flew from flower to flower, sipping nectar with her long beak. Hum. Hum. Hum."

Nellie, a wise old owl, was sitting on a chimney of an old croft house watching the hummingbird. "My, youíre certainly fast. I can hardly see your wings move. Youíre very tiny too."

Olivia landed next to Nellie. "What sort of bird are you?" she asked.

"Iím an owl. I sit here and watch the croft," Nellie answered.

"Why? What are you watching?"

"I keep my eye open for mice and snakes and such things as that. Normally I come out at night but I heard your humming and wondered who was making such delightful music," Nellie said.

"I didnít know there were snakes in Scotland. What do snakes eat?" Olivia wondered.

"They eat mice too, but they also eat birds, like yourself," Nellie warned.

"Iíll watch out for them. Iíve got to go now. Iím thirsty and wanting some nectar. Cheerio for now," Olivia said and flew away. The owl stayed on the chimney watching the hummingbird as she fluttered around the flowers like a butterfly.

Soon Oliviaís feathered tummy started poking out. She was full from sipping so much nectar. Springtime in Scotland is beautiful. Flowers of every sort blossom and fill the air with their fragrance. "I think Iíll rest for a while," the bird said and landed on the branch of a flowering tree. She sat among the blossoms, enjoying the beauty around her.

Slithering up the tree trunk was a garden snake. Its long, scaly body wrapped around the branches as it made its way higher up. It spotted Olivia and was attracted to her because of her colorful feathers. It moved closer and closer to her. Olivia didnít see it coming as it was the same color of the branches. She was too busy humming. "Hum. Hum. Hum. Hum." It was just about to snap its jaws around the poor little bird when Nellie came screeching towards them, her talons out in front of her. "Watch out, Olivia," she shouted.

Olivia turned around and saw the snake. She flew away just in time. Nellie grabbed the snake in her talons and flew off with it. She dropped it in a field outside the croft and flew back to the chimney.

A while later Olivia joined Nellie. "Thanks for saving me. Iím glad you sit up here and watch for snakes."

"Itís my job."

"What can I do to repay you?" Olivia asked.

"Just keep humming your little tunes. They brightens my day and make me feel happy," Nellie smiled.

Olivia flew away and headed for the flower garden. Daffodils were trumpeting and tulips were dancing in the gentle breeze. "Hum. Hum. Hum."

Nellie smiled.

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