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This finalizes the introduction to Toadsetta, the talking toad.
Toadsetta opened her eyes. Where was she? Several moments passed before she could remember. She tried to get up, but her body wanted no part of it. She was in pain - a lot of pain.
While thinking just how she was going to get out of this place, she heard a familiar sound. Perhaps her mind was playing tricks on her. Could it be? She turned her painful body toward the fluttering.
"Dratt!" Are you a sight for sore eyes - along with the rest of my body!" Toadsetta shouted with much relief to see her friend.
Dratt was a dragonfly, but not just any ordinary dragon fly. He had the strength of over five hundred times that of a normal dragonfly and that's exactly why she was so happy to see him. They had been friends for a long time and she knew from experience, that Dratt was her ticket out of there.
"It's good to see you as well, Toadsetta, but not necessarily under these circumstances," Dratt said. "During the night, one of my sensors turned on and I knew a friend was in trouble. It took me some time to find you because the rain put out my signal for a while.
"I'm sure happy to see you now, Dratt.
"We can talk later. Let's get you out of here; it's too cold and damp down here to my way of thinking."
As Toadsetta gingerly got up from where she had slept all night, she was pleasantly surprised that she didn't seem to be hurt quite as bad as she had thought.
"You know, Toadsetta, this isn't the first time I've had to rescue you. Don't get me wrong - I love coming to your rescue; I just think it may be time for you to think about moving into town and seeing how you like it! I'd be closer and so would the other dragonflies."
"Where would I go, Dratt?"
"Well, I know of this really nice pond called Peacock Pond in the town of Frogsmore or Less. I think you'd like it there."
Toadsetta began trying to hop. Besides a little stiffness, she decided she would be okay.
Dratt started his special wings and Toadsetta hopped up and held on real tight to Dratt's neck. She was so grateful to Dratt for finding her and now taking her out of this dark, dingy place.
As they fluttered up out of Toadsetta's prison and on to where she lived, she began thinking about what Dratt had said about moving into town. Before they arrived, she had made her decision.
"Dratt, maybe I will give Frogsmore or Less a try. If it doesn't work out for me though, can I count on you to bring me back up to the mountains?"
"Absolutely!" said Dratt. "Good decision! Now let's get you into a warm bath before we take off for Frogsmore or Less."
As she lay in the tub Dratt had drawn for her, Toadsetta thought about her decision. Was it the right one? She put her thoughts aside and decided she wouldn't know if she didn't try living other than in the mountains. Toadsetta had a spirit of adventure and decided she just might be up for the challenge!
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