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Jamie 2 - Exploring the Yard keep_walking

Jamie decided to try to walk all the way around the house. "Something to tell the grandrodents about," she smirked. After all, house gerbils like herself weren't even supposed to BE outside, much less complete such a long and arduous journey.

She rounded the corner of the house and almost ran into a rabbit munching on a stem of clover. Jamie and the rabbit both jumped in surprise.

"What are you doing here, eating my clover?" Jamie asked indignantly.

"YOUR clover? I've eaten clover in this patch for the last two years, and I've never seen you here. What makes you think this clover belongs to you?"

Jamie thought a moment, then answered, "I belong to the people who live in this house, and they own this land, including the clover. Since I'm a member of the family, that makes it MY clover, too!"

The rabbit considered what Jamie had said, its nose wiggling furiously. Finally, the rabbit dropped the stem of clover and said, "If you belong to this family, why are you outside? I thought pets had to stay inside at night."

"I'm no ordinary pet," Jamie replied indignantly. "I'm a GERBIL. We're much too smart to be kept inside at night by mere people."

"Well, if your mere people aren't smart enough to keep you inside at night, then surely they aren't smart enough to miss a few stems of clover. Right?"

Jamie thought about that for a long time. Finally she said, "Well, I guess you're right. May I join you?"

"Certainly," said the rabbit, settling down with a new, plump stem of clover. So Jamie and the rabbit feasted on the clover, and swapped tales of the adventures that they had enjoyed. When at last the feasting was over, and Jamie's stomach was pleasantly packed to the brim, she realized that the moon had set and the sun was just about to rise.

"Thank you for the tales of your adventures," Jamie said pleasantly. "I really must be going now."

"Thank you for the clover," said the rabbit. "I hope we meet again someday."

So Jamie returned to her cage without exploring all the way around the house after all. Perhaps she did it another day. What do you think?

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