Mouse squeaked as Luna grasped his tail tightly. They’d found a short cut, but crawling through undergrowth was slow and painful. At last they came out onto the track. Luna winced as she stood up and pulled a leaf from her delicate wings. Mouse waited as she jumped onto his back, they were back on the track again!
At the finishing line Owl’s huge round eyes stared into the distance. Where ever were the runners and riders?
The bushes rustled and Owl hooted, ‘Oh look its Mouse and Luna!’ and laughed so much he fell off the log he was perched upon. He stood up and shook his feathers as Mouse scampered over the finishing line. Luna wrapped her arms round Mouse and hugged him with glee.
Badger arrived a few yards behind them with Rosi. He collapsed in a heap on the floor, he was exhausted! Owl presented Luna, with a red rosette made of flower petals. The animals cheered and danced in a circle around the winners.
Owl gazed up into the dark sky, he was worried about the other contestants. Where were they? He cocked his head on one side as he heard someone whistling above the wind in the trees.
Fox and Squirrel sauntered into the clearing carrying a log between them. Rabbit, sat astride with his back leg wrapped in a large dock leaf. Zeke and Mindi, hovered above them tiny wings vibrating.
‘We had to rescue Rabbit,’ said Fox, looking pleased with himself. Vole appeared out of the gloom walking slowly, hand in hand with Fira. His little face lit up as the animals gathered around to welcome them back.
Owl hooted to get everyone’s attention. ‘Now we are all here lets eat!’
On a tablecloth weaved from thin branches, stood bowls of berries and wild gooseberries covered in honey. Queen bee had brewed a delicious nectar drink for the forest animals.
Owl stood over a small camp fire roasting chestnuts on the end of a stick. Smoke spiralled into the night air as the animals feasted on the delicious food. Glow worms provided light, as they clung to tree branches above the forest clearing.
Owl raised his wing and said ‘Congratulations Mouse and Luna!’
Mouse whispered in Luna’s ear. ‘Don’t tell them about our short cut will you?’
Luna shook her head, fruit juice dripping down her chin. ‘No, she giggled, that will be our secret!’
Much later as dawn began to creep over the horizon, the fairies and animals vanished. They slept deep in the forest, exhausted after an exciting night at the races. Owl retired to his tree to plan the next event in Wooky forest.