Coyote and the Mice
A Native American story
|Not many animals liked Coyote. Some thought he
was foolish and others thought he was boastful. The
mice didnt like him because he was mean to them.|
One day when he was out walking, Coyote saw the Mice making lots of noise and rushing around under a tree.
"Quick! Quick! Throw that rope over the branch!" cried one. "I need a bag! I need a bag now!" cried another. They scurried around, tripping and falling over each other as they tied small bags onto the ends of several ropes, then threw the other ends over the branches.
"What are you stupid mice up to now?" asked Coyote.
|"We havent got time to stop and talk Mr Coyote," squeaked one
mouse, throwing a rope over another branch. "Havent you heard?
North Wind is on his way. He's going to throw hailstones as big as a
bear's paw at all the animals! We're going to climb into these bags and
pull ourselves up under the branches, so the hailstones cant hit us."|
Fearing the hailstones, Coyote said "I'll join you." All the mice stopped dead in their tracks. "Ohhh! I dont know about that," they squeaked. "If you dont let me, I'll be mean to you again," shouted Coyote.
"Alright. You can join us," squeaked the mice. "But you'll have to get your own bag and rope because we dont have anything big enough or strong enough to hold you." "No problem," said Coyote. "I've got everything I need at home". "Then hurry Mr Coyote, because North Wind will be here any minute."
Coyote rushed off home. The mice waited until he was out of sight, then fell over squeaking with laughter. When they saw him coming back they picked themselves up and pretended to tie more bags.
"You must wait until last and pull yourself up, Mr Coyote, because you
are too heavy," said the mice. "No. I'll go first," said Coyote. "North
Wind is fast and could get here before Im protected. If all of you hold
the end of the rope you can pull me up."
Coyote felt the ground. It was dry. He looked up at the blue sky and
there wasnt a cloud to be see. "How could this be? We've just had a
hailstorm," he said.
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