RichStine’s THE STORY–“Fox In The Hen House”:

Posted: February 3, 2014 in RICHSTINE'S THE STORY, Take A Peek!, THE STORY: RichStine's "The Story" (also on Pinterest)
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“Now,” said Petey, “…the way I see it, that dang old fox waited ’til we was eatin’ supper last night.” He lifted up his knitted cap, made special for him by his ma, scratched his itchy head, and pulled his hat back down.

“Or,” he continued, ” …maybe the fox sneaked in, when we was listenin’ to the baseball game on the radio.” Petey kicked some dirt. He thought, hard.

“I didn’t see any new holes,” he said, giving his head a shake towards the chicken pen, behind him. Petey and his dad fixed the pen three times, this week, alone!

The kid was more than a little perplexed. Another bird was missing.
A few feathers, but no Cluck-a-Luck! (Cluck-a-Luck was Petey’s favorite of all the chickens.)

“I-I just don’t know what we’re gonna do about this!” The boy said. His voice carried less assurance. His lower lip trembled a bit.

“Hush, now,” Petey’s dad said to him, patting the boy on the top of his knit-hat. “Maybe he’ll turn up.”

Petey sat down on the ground beside the chicken pen, pulled his knees to his chest, and had a good cry over Cluck-a-Luck.

Just as he dried his tears, manned-up, and decided to go to the house, he heard a familiar sound. An almost-purring sound, that chickens have been known to make, when they are happy. Petey ran around to the south side of the fence, and there was Cluck-a-Luck! How he managed to get outside the pen, Petey didn’t know. It really didn’t matter, now.

Petey scooped the chicken up in his arms, and hugged and squeezed the bird tightly. “Dad!” Petey shouted, “Dad! Dad! Cluck-a-Luck’s home!”

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