Chips Adventure Page 4..
Chip sighs as the rain soaks his fur ,and
clothing. Still feeling bad that he has caused so much trouble for
the others he stops to wipe the tears from his eyes. Not that anyone
could tell being so wet from the rain.
Watching the others disappear around a bend
in the trail. He begins to feel they might be better off without him as
he starts walking again. The rain blurs his vision, causing him to take
the wrong path. After a several minutes the rain again stops as he wonders
why he hasn't caught up to the others. He stops to look around. Not being
able to see very far with all the trees. He decides to continue on. A few
minutes later he begins to think the others maybe wanting to get rid of
him. He starts to get scared, and calls out. "Can anyone hear me?
Help me please."
Meanwhile the others stop to rest, and notice
that the rabbit is not with them. Tim shakes his head, and says."Now where
is that rabbit." Sidney turns to Tim, and says. "Last I knew he was following
Mac." Mac wrings the water from his tail, and nods. "I hope he didn't get
lost. With the rain he might have gotten off the trail." Sidney nods. "Your
right. There is a old path that splits off the main trail about a half
a kilometer back. If he took that, he could be in danger. That path is
very rough, and steep in places."
Tim sighs, and nods. "I think that old path
comes back into this trail in a couple kilometers or so." Sidney
nods. "Yes, your right.. I will go back ,and see if I can find him on the
old path. You guys go on, and try to work your way back from the other
end." We can meet along the path. Tim nods. "Sounds good to me,
Sidney. ". Tim, and Mac wave to the fox as he hurries back along
Chip continues shouting for help. Not knowing
the others are searching for him. He decides to continue along the
path which by now is getting rough, and very steep. Even though he tries
to be very careful he loses his footing, and slides off the path down a
short, but steep slope.
After a rough fall he opens his eyes, and looks
up towards the path, then looks at his self. "At least I didn't break anything."
Slipping, and sliding he makes it back up to the path where he decides
to sit on a rock for a while. Upon hearing a noise below him he looks
trying to see what it might be. He calls out."Any one there?" He
listens, hoping to hear a response. Chip decides he better continue on
not knowing what might be causing the noise.
Tim, and Mac watch for the place that the path
rejoins the trail. Mac comments."I hope Sidney has found Chip." Tim
nods. "Me too. That path is nearly vertical in some places, and cliff edges
with drops of nearly 400 meters. We might never find him if he falls, or
leaves the path for any reason." Mac nods, and points. "There it is.." Tim
agrees as they both take the steep path.
Walking further along the path. The sun breaks
through spreading sunlight across the mountainside. Chip smiles as
the warm sunshine strikes him, and says. "This is much better." Then he
hears someone singing in the distance. Almost enchanting in it's quality.
Chip scans the forest for it's source, hoping to see who it might be.
Being distracted he steps on a loose rock,
causing him to slip, and fall through a bush that was hiding the edge of
a high cliff. Crying out loudly for help, he desperately claws at
the bush, and cliff edge. The cruel rocks far below wait to seal his fate
if his grip fails.
The sound of the rabbits cries for help
reach the ears of the individual that Chip heard singing. She looks all
around, and spots the rabbit hanging from the edge of the cliff, just a little
above her. She shouts"Hold on. I am coming." as she quickly runs up the
Chips cries become frantic as his fingers grow
tired. His short life seems to flash past him as he tightly closes his
eyes, not wishing to see the end coming. Then just as he felt he could
hold on no more. He feels a strong hand tightly grasp one of his wrists.
His rescuer crouches close as she pulls hard,
speaking in a soft but firm voice. "I have you. Now try to climb up.".
Though small in form. this furre is strong from the hard mountain life,
and with her help. Chip scrambles up, and is soon laying on the path.
His eyes still closed, and shaking all over from fright.
She smiles as she looks at the young rabbit.
Thinking to herself. "I wonder if he is lost". Just then
in the distance she hears Sidney coming down the path. Not sure of
the foxes intentions she disappears into the woods. Moments later
Chip opens his eyes, and sits up. He looks around wondering where his rescuer
Sidney finds the rabbit still sitting on the
path, and smiles. "Hey rabbit are you lost?" He then notices where the
bush was nearly torn from it's roots at the edge of the cliff. He then
adds. "You ok? Looks like you or someone nearly fell." Still a bit
shaky, Chip struggles to stand as Sidney takes his paw. "Hold on Chip. Let me
help you." He then walks the rabbit to a safer spot on the path.
Chip sits down on a large rock, and relates
what had happened to the fox. "I don't know the name of the furre
who rescued me. I wish she had stayed. I really wanted to thank her for saving
Sidney smiles."There are a few groups of
furres living in these mountains. Most don't trust outsiders.. But usually
will help others when needed. You won't find her unless she wishes it."
Chip sighs as he listens to the fox.. He then stands up, and shouts.. "Please
whoever saved me, Thank you. I owe you my life, and if there is anything
I can do for you. Just ask." The fox smiles. "There is a good chance
she heard you. We should go. The others are back tracking this path, and
we should meet them soon."
Chip nods."Ok.. Let's go. I am sorry I caused
you all so much trouble. " Sidney smiles. "Hey don't worry about it. The
mountains are tough even for experienced furres.." Next time just stay
put if you get lost. Chip nods as he, and the fox work their way along
the path. Nearby in the woods. The girl smiles as she hears the rabbits
words, and thinks she will follow these strangers for a while.
Soon they meet up with the raccoon, and skunk.
Mac smiles. "It's good to see you young fellow. We were worried about you.".
Tim nods. "We were hoping Sidney would find you safe." The fox nods. "Seems
our friend here nearly fell from a cliff. But was rescued by a mountain
Tim ohs. "Any one we know?" Sidney shakes his
head."Don't know. But Chip said it was a female." Tim nods."Well rabbit.
Your a lucky fellow. The mountain folk are few, and don't often help a
stranger." Mac grins. "The rabbit probably caught the gals eye. " Tim heh's.
"Could be." But we need to go. We have lost too much time now.. " Chip
turns away a little as he feels a bit of embarrassment. Then says. "I am
sorry I got lost." Mac pats the rabbit on the shoulder, and smiles."It's
ok. We all make mistakes."
The raccoon just shakes his head, and says."Let's
go. " The others agree as they carefully walk back toward the trail.
Staying just out of sight. The girl follows along. Not knowing why they
are in such a hurry. But hopes she will get a chance to see the rabbit
alone once more.
A short time later the small group makes
it to the main trail, and since the weather has improved. They are able
to make good time while the girl continues to follow along. Her knowledge
of the mountain allow her to keep up easily. With all the delays of weather
,and Chip's being lost. It's late afternoon before they reach the footbridge.
The raccoon looks at the sky, and says."We
better camp here. It's gonna be dark soon, and even though Sidneys farm
is only a couple hours from here. I don't want to walk the trail at night."
Sidney nods."You guys stay here. I will run on back to my farm. I walk
the trail near my place at night quite often.." Tim, and the others
nod, and wish him well as the fox heads quickly across the footbridge,
and on for home.
Chip scans the area, wondering if he will ever
see the girl that saved him. Mac walks up, and smiles. "Looking for someone
young fellow?" Chip sighs. "I am not sure. I guess kinda hoping I would
see that girl again." Mac pats the rabbits shoulder, and says."It's
hard to say. Most mountain folk stay close to home. But I have seen a few
come down to the village in the past. So it's possible." Chip nods
as they both help Tim set up camp. Then says."I really hope she does."
A short distance away the girl watches the
fox cross the bridge. Then while watching the others make camp. She decides
she will sleep in a small cave nearby. So after making a soft bed of pine
branches, and leaves, it is nearly dark. This allows her to get very close,
as she hopes to find out why they are here.
The raccoon pours his self another cup of coffee,
and says to Mac. "We should be at Lacy's house by noon." Mac nods."Lacy
will help us spread the word." Tim sips a bit of coffee as he watches the
rabbit walk over to view the volcano. He turns to the skunk, and nods.
"Yes. "That gal knows nearly every furre in the valley. "
The skunk nods as makes his self a cheese sandwich
with crackers then lays out his bed roll, sits to eat, and drink some coffee.
He smiles at Tim. "If things work out. I probably should visit Lacy. She
does make a tasty apple pie."
Tim grins. "I think you , and Lacy would make
a fine couple. I know Charlotte would love to see the two of you
together. " Mac shakes his head, and says."I must admit It would be nice
to have someone to share my life with.. The raccoon nods as he lays out
his bedroll also.
Mac finishes the cheese, and cracker sandwich.
Then sips some coffee to wash it down. Then stands to walk over to visit
with the rabbi a bit before he calls it a night. Tim calls out to the both
of them saying he was going to bed. Mac nods. "Goodnight. Tim."
In the bushes nearby the young lady watches
as the raccoon, and a few minutes later the skunk go to bed. She
quietly works her way around till she is near the rabbit. She slips
up behind him just as he turns they meet nose to nose. She covers his mouth
as he starts to cry out."Quiet please brother rabbit. Is Chip your name?"
Chip nods as the girl takes his paw, and leads
him a short distance into the woods. She then tells him to sit with her
on a old log. Chip tries to express his gratitude for saving his
life. She just smiles as he does. Then asks."Do you have a mate?" Chip
stutters."I..I..I am afraid I am alone. Could I ask your name?"
The young bunny girls eyes brighten with this,
and says..."I am called Tasha. Do you like?" Chip smiles."Yes,
It is a pretty name. " Tasha then smiles."Thank you Chip. You have a
pretty name too. What brings you, and your friends to our mountains?"
Still feeling a little bashful. Chip tells
Tasha about the dragon, and what it has demanded of the valley furres.
Eyes flashing Tasha jumps up, and nearly shouts."That dragon has no right!!"
Startled, Chip falls backward off of the log. She "Ohhs!" Then reaches
out to help him up."You alright Chip?" Chip, feeling embarrassed,
nods his head. "Yes, I am ok. You surprised me." He then takes her paw
to get up.
As they sit back down he comments."I also don't
feel the dragon has the right to make those demands. But I am afraid he
has the might, and power to enforce them.." The girl shakes her head,
then turns to face the volcano."The dragon can be defeated. It is written
in our peoples history that a fire demon will again arise from the burning
mountain. It is also written how to defeat, and seal it back in it's fiery
Chips eyes grow wide as he listens. Then exclaims."But
how could such a huge creature be defeated?" Tasha turns back to
look at Chip, and smiles. "It is written that a furre pure of heart can
use the magic arrows to defeat the fire demon." Chip shudders. "We can't
just kill him!" Tasha shakes her head."The arrows cannot kill him. But
they are tipped with a potion that tames the creature. Then we can just
command it to return to it's lair. There the dragon will sleep for another
century or more."
The image of the dragon lingers in Chips mind
as he says."Do you know of such a furre that can shoot the dragon?" The
bunny girl smiles as she pulls a small red root from a cloth pouch."Here
eat this." Chip takes the root, and smells it."Uh.. What is it.?" She responds
with a firm voice. "Just eat it. Please." Chip nods wishing to be helpful,
takes a bite. Then finishes it."That was good, Thank you."
Tasha watches the young rabbit eat, and smiles.
"I am glad you liked it. I must confess I am testing you." Chip gulps.
"What will it do to me?" The young girl giggles. "Don't worry. It is a
magic root. It tests to see if you are pure of heart. It would have turned
your eyes red for a few minutes if you were not."
Chip blinks his eyes,"Did they turn red?" Tasha
smiles. "No. But I best take a closer look. Hold still now. "She scoots
up close till her nose is nearly touching his. "They still look brown to
me." Chip feeling a little bashful moves back a little saying.. "I
am glad. But I think we should tell the others. I am sure they know of
a good archer."
She shakes her head."No, I already know
of the one that will use the magic arrows" Chip stands looking back at
her."Great. But we should tell my friends of your plan." Tasha stands.
"Yes they should know. We can go now." He nods as they both walk toward
As they walk, he asks. "Why did you ask me
if I had a mate." Tasha looks up."I find I am attracted to you, and did
not wish to become close if you did." Chip reaches out, taking her paw,
then says."You really like me?" Tasha nods as she looks fondly at the young
rabbit. Chip continues."I have been alone since I was a small bunny.
It is my dream to find someone like you." She smiles. "Then I hope you
like me too." Chip smiles. . "I.. I really feel I do." She reaches out
to him, and they both hug tightly.
Tasha kisses his nose, and smiles."It is late,
and you should get some sleep. We will talk with the others in the morning."
He smiles at the kiss, and nods."You are right. It is late. " She smiles.
"I will see you in the morning." Chip responds."See you in then." He watches
as she disappears into the darkness.
He then returns to the campsite. Mac comments.
"You ok young fellow?" Chip nods with a smile."Better than I have been
in a long time." He then wishes Mac goodnight, and slips under his blanket.
Mac responds, goodnight, wondering what the rabbit meant. But decides he
is too tired to ask, and soon falls asleep.
Tasha watches them from a distance. After
returning to the cave to sleep. She thinks about the dragon, and knows
there will be danger if they fail. She cries a little fearing for
Chips life. Then falls asleep as well.
The day breaks bright, and clear the next morning.
Tim yawns, and stretches as he sits up. Mac stirs as he hears
the raccoon making the coffee. He sits up scratching his head fur, and
says.."Morning Tim" The raccoon nods. "Morning Mac, Did you sleep well?"
The skunk looks over at the rabbit, and nods.."But I don't know about the
young fellow here. He didn't get to bed till late, and said something about
Tim shakes his head. "Well that's better than
feeling bad." With this Chip also stirs. His whiskers twitch as he smells
the coffee brewing. He sits up rubbing the sleep from his eyes. Then looks
all around the campsite.. Mac smiles. "Morning young fellow. Did you loose
something?" Chip nods morning, then gets up, and shakes his head, No."But
the girl that saved me said she would be here this morning."
The raccoon blinks."I haven't seen anyone.
Sure you didn't just dream she would be here." Chip shakes his head."It
wasn't a dream. I just know it wasn't." Mac pats the rabbit on the back.
"Don't worry, It's still early. She may show up yet." Chip walks
towards the spot he last saw her the night before, and shouts. "Tasha!!!"
The young rabbit walks out into the clearing,
and says."Please. You don't need to shout." Tim smiles as he, and
the skunk walk up. . Chip points to the raccoon, and skunk."Tasha, these
are my friends. Tim Pal, and ..." The skunk holds out his paw." Folks just
call me Mac." Tim also holds out his paw in greeting. "Come join us for
a bit of coffee."
She shakes their paws, and they all walk over
by the fire. Chip smiles. "We only have black coffee. I hope that is alright."
Tasha smiles. "That will be fine." Chip smiles. "Here I have a extra cup.
" He hands it to her after filling it. She smiles as she sits near him.
Mac, and Tim refill their cups before sitting down as well.
Tim asks. "Have you seen the dragon."
Tasha nods. "Yes I have, and Chip told me about the demands the demon has
made of the valley folk.. This is wrong." Tim nods. "But until we can find
a defense. I fear we must try to meet them. Or loose our farms, and be
run from the valley." Mac nods with agreement.
She sips a bit of her coffee as she listens.
Then responds. "Our peoples history speaks of the fire demon, and how to
defeat him. " She smiles at Chip ."I told my friend Chip this." Tims eyes
grow wide with Tashas words, and says."How can this be done ?" She
responds. "With arrows"
Tim shakes his head."No arrow I know of would
break the skin of that beast." She nods. "No normal arrow. But one dipped
into a special magic potion will, and it will tame the demon. So we can
control it." The raccoon looks at the girl. "I am sorry miss, but I can't
turn this over to your magic. We must tell the valley folk. It must be