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A White World - Tales of the Tale Gazette
By Bianca Boonstra
Sunday, August 13, 2006

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The Tales of the Tale Gazette – A White World

Bert the Wolf was puzzled. Nothing pointed towards the change that he felt in his bones, when he listened to the Tale Forest Radio broadcast. The weather for the night would be silent, and dry. His bones told different though – especially in the back of his body. There was snow coming. Bert knew that his feelings never were wrong… so he started to gather some extra things. Milk and cocoa for the hot chocolate milk he usually serves in the “Talk House”. Chestnuts to pop and other kinds of food, and of course some extra salt, to melt some snow away to form a path.

All the animals saw Bert working off and on, and wondered what he had in mind.
Both the Beaver brothers asked him, and the only answer they got from him was: “Snow coming.” Then Bert was gone again, before they could say another word.

Snow coming… The message hit the Beavers.

“We must warn some animals, so they can stay warm. Mister Mole must find a place somewhere, as his hole is so old… I could not stand the idea of Mister Mole freezing.” Ed said.

“I’ll go to his hole to get him out and we’ll offer him a place to sleep in our house. It is big enough.” William replied.

Within the hour, everyone was alert, ready and active to get the necessary precautions for the coming winter time. Animals that needed a warm place were able to find a place in the Tale Forest Hospital, or with friends. Mister Owl was the guest of Miss Starch and Tubby Turtle was able to stay at Bert’s place. All helped to gather food and things to stay warm for the coming days.

Evening fell. A group of animals, among them Louie the Fox and Mister Raven were talking about what had happened during the day, and evaluated it all. They seemed content. Bert served them a hot chocolate to thank them for their help. Close to midnight the “Talk House” closed for the night.

Bert’s alarm clock pointed the time in digital numbers. Twenty one minutes after three. He stood up to get himself a sip of milk as he was attracted to the lights that fell through his window. In awe he watched the trees, all covered in snow. It was just a sparkle of the light of the moon that made him cry.

“Aaaaooouuuu!!!! Aaaaooouuuu!!!! “

Tubby woke up out of a deep sleep. He watched Bert, who stood there and got out of bed, to take a look for him self.

“Now this is beautiful! I understand why you had to cry, my friend. You woke me up…” Tubby had to smile when he said that.

“I am so sorry Tubby… But this is the nature in me that comes up from time to time. When I see such a beauty I have to cry.” Bert was really sorry that he woke up Tubby.

“Shall we see if we can open the door and take a small walk in this wonderland?” Bert asked.

“You go, I’ll stay here… I can’t keep up with you anyway.” Tubby replied.

Bert went out and when he arrived in the square in the middle of the forest, he saw that more animals were watching the white world. They all stood there in awe for a while, and went home when it started to snow again. All were thankful that Bert’s instinct and feelings were strong enough to warn them for the coming weather – so they did not have to stay in the cold alone… outside…

The next morning when Bert and Tubby woke up, they found their door blocked by a huge layer of snow.

“It seems we are stuck with each other for a while…”Tubby said with a smile on his face.

“Yes, you are right. But we are prepared, and that is what counts. All animals are safe, and that is important. That makes me a happy wolf.” Bert replied.

“I agree”, Tubby said. “But for now, there is not much to do. Would you care for a hot cocoa?”

“Yes please!” Bert answered.

Tubby went to the kitchen and came back with two hot cocoa. Both slowly drank as they saw more snow coming down… turning the forest magical white.

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/14/2006
Bianca, this is absolutely wonderful reading! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/14/2006
Delightful read!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/14/2006
i like this
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 8/13/2006
Very cute story.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 8/13/2006
What a delight to read Bianca..
I wonder if the forest hospital
has some pretty nurses?
Great to read you again!
With much love.....

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