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Leah Waters
Rabbit, Coyote, and Pine Gum Boy
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A long long time ago, there was a Coyote who loved melons so
much that he decided to grow them for himself. Whenever he was
not out hunting in the forest, he would be planting and weeding
in his melon patch.

One day Coyote discovered that somebody had stolen two of
his melons -- just when they had grown so big and fat and ripe!
Coyote huffed and howled and swore to catch a thief. He sniffed
and sniffed -- he could detect nothing but the sweet scent of
melons. He searched and searched on the ground for footprints
-- he could find nothing but trampled vines.

The next morning, Coyote decided to forget the incident and
went hunting as usual. When he came home, two more melons
were missing. He yelped and yowled and swore to get his revenge.
He sniffed and searched around and around the melon patch, until
AHA! he saw Rabbit teeth marks on the vines and Rabbit nail marks
on the ground near a fence.

"That miserable Rabbit!" barked Coyote. "How dare he steal my
melons!"

Coyote thought and thought, then went to find a pine gum tree.
He filled a jar with pine gum, brought it back to the spot where
Rabbit had dug under the fence, and squeezed the gum into the
shape of a boy.

In the middle of the night, Rabbit crawled under the fence again,
as if summoned by the melons. When he saw Pine Gum Boy standing
in his way, he said: "Uh, excuse me, could you please let me pass?"

When Pine Gum Boy neither answered nor stepped aside, Rabbit
raised his voice: "EXCUSE ME! Will you please let me pass?"

When he got neither answer nor reaction, Rabbit lost his temper.
He raised his right paw and struck Pine Gum Boy, only to find his
paw stuck fast to the gum.

"Hey, let go of me!" shouted Rabbit. He pulled and pulled but couldn't
set himself free.

"Let go or I'll hit you again," shouted Rabbit. When he couldn't get
any reaction, he lifted his left paw and struck Pine Gum Boy a mighty
blow. His left paw got stuck to the gum.

"Hey, enough, you rude fellow!" shouted Rabbit as he lifted his
right foot to kick Pine Gum Boy. His right foot got stuck.

"Get away from me!" shouted Rabbit as he lifted
his left foot to kick Pine Gum Boy. His left foot got stuck.

"This is not funny! Get out of here!" shouted Rabbit as he butted
his head against Pine Gum Boy. His head got stuck.

He huffed and he puffed and he cried and he cursed, but he
couldn't shake himself loose.

When the sun came up, Coyote found Rabbit still arguing and
struggling with Pine Gum Boy.

"AHA! I've got you!" said Coyote to Rabbit. "You ate my melons,
so now I'll eat you. It's only fair."

"I don't know what you're talking about," said Rabbit. "The moon
hardly shone last night, I lost my way in the forest, and this
-- ah, I can see him clearly now -- this Pine Gum Boy attacked me."

"Don't waste your breath," said Coyote. "Prepare to be eaten."

"Well, I don't need to prepare. I know I'm tasty. Except I'll taste
all bitter now because I'm so sticky."

"I'm not stupid," said Coyote. "I'll wash off the gum first, before
I eat you."

And so Coyote took Rabbit and Pine Gum Baby down to the river,
where he scrubbed Rabbit clean.

"Now do you think I'm tasty enough for you?" asked Rabbit.

"I'll tell you in a second," said Coyote as he freed Rabbit from the
last glob of pine gum. "Time to say goodbye, Rabbit."

"Goodbye," shouted Rabbit. And he leaped out of Coyote's hands
and ran as fast as he could into the forest.

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