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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)

TITLE: The rooster that thought he was a dog
By Pauline Brakebill
08/12/13


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Ro-Ho came into this world by way of a little crack in the brown egg shell. First came his beak, then his head and finally, after a lot of effort, his wings and his body. Being completely worn out after such a struggle, Ro –Ho thought, “Boy , I don’t want to go through that again. I wonder who I am.” Looking around in every direction, all Ro - Ho could see was a lot of trees, grass and flowers.

Worn clear out from his birth, Ro-Ho laid down to take a nap. The next morning, Ro-Ho came to a lovely little brook. He peered into the water and gazed surprisedly at the image he saw. There was this handsome creature staring back at him. The vision was that of a black giant. He was a sight to behold.

All of a sudden from behind , Ro –Ho felt something strange ruffling his feathers. There was a big tongue licking all over him. Opening his eyes wide, he saw that big black creature standing over him. “You make me feel good when you lick my feathers. Can we be friends?”

“I guess we could be friends , you are kinda’ cute, and I need a friend. So I’ll be your family. By the way my name Is Shadow. I live here at this big yellow house. They take very good care of me and my friend Boogger. What’s your name?.”

“My name is Ro-Ho. How do you cockle -doodle do .“ Then happily the pair of strange bedfellows took off toward the house.

At the house, they saw many cars go by. Shadow loved to chase them , so Ro-Ho did the same. It certainly looked different to see a rooster chase a car. When Shadow would bark at another person or animal, Ro–Ho would crow too.

At night, the two would lay down to go to sleep wrapped in each others feet. Early in the morning, Ro–Ho would wake up and start crowing to greet the sun. Upon hearing Ro-Ho, shadow would rise up and howl with all his might. Good friends make allowances for the weaknesses of each other.

Weeks went by and Shadow noticed that Ro-Ho was getting much bigger and more handsome. So one morning, after the chores were done, Shadow asked Ro-Ho if he would like to go down to the creek and take a swim. Booger is going too.“

“I guess I would like to go, but I don’t know how to swim. Do you go for a swim every day?”

“Not everyday, just when it’s hot. Besides I want you to see something.”

Now what could Shadow have to show Ro- Ho? Ro–Ho was getting quite excited now.
“Show me quick, Shadow.” So Ro-Ho went with shadow over to a little brook where he told Ro-Ho to look into the water.

What do you suppose Ro-Ho saw? There was a beautiful chicken looking back at him. That chicken had the most beautiful feathers he had ever seen. There were bright red tail feathers, bright green head and neck feathers, and smooth brown stomach feathers. “Is that me? How did I become so bright and pretty?” Ro-Ho stood there staring at the water, with his beak wide open. “I don’t look anything at all like you, Shadow. Maybe I’m not a dog after all.”

“We can still be friends, though, even if we don’t look the same. Right?”

“Sure , I still love you just the same ,” soothed Ro-Ho.

As the days wore on, the two friends became quite close. Inside the very nice home the people were loving and kind. There was plenty of meat and grain to eat, and lots of water to drink. Ro-Ho even found a flock of lady chickens who took him under their wings and taught him how to be a chicken..

Too many times we make the mistake of turning away those strange or different individuals because they don’t fit our ‘mold’. Can we love them any less than Christ did?

Christ said as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.

(This is somewhat of a true story with a lot of liberties taken and instances embellished)


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Linda Goergen08/18/13
This was an excellent story, would be wonderful published as a Children’s book! Excellent message and a delightful read.
Judith Gayle Smith08/18/13
Delightful! Wonderful descriptions. Of all that is written here, and many favorite lines there be, I love this line the most:

(This is somewhat of a true story with a lot of liberties taken and instances embellished)


Excellent!
CD Swanson 08/20/13
Great job! I loved this. It was a sheer delight to read, and it made me smile from ear to ear!

You need to publish this as a children's story, it could be a series.

God bless~
Brenda Rice 08/21/13
I love it! As already stated this could easily be a children's book with a few chapters added.

It is easy to read, funny and touching all at the same time.

Thanks.
stephanie santos-silva02/04/14
This is just the best. A personal favorite! Thanks!! A definite children's story in the making!!