Cocoa and Nugget and the Slice of Rainbow
“Psst!” Nugget the yellow baby chick said in a whisper shout. “Here Coco, here’s another egg.”
Coco the brown baby bunny grabbed the chicken egg. “Cool! I’ll go hide it!”
Coco scampered off into the flower filled meadow, and hid the egg behind a bush.
Coco and Nugget were the best of friends. They played together, ate together, and even napped together. But most of all, they loved to cause trouble…
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So when spring arrived with its warm sunny days and blossoming flowers, the two troublemakers played their favorite game. Each morning while the chickens slept in the hen house, Nugget stole all of their freshly laid eggs, and Coco hid them in the meadow.
The game was invented by Nugget. The first time Nugget handed a stolen egg to Coco, Coco asked, “Why are we hiding these eggs?”
“To stir up the chickens, of course.” Nugget simply replied.
Spring was in full swing, and Coco had just hidden their last egg. “All done. Time to party!” Coco thumped his long back feet and bounced in circles.
Nugget chirped and giggled. “High five.” Nugget lifted his cottony yellow wing, and slapped Coco’s chocolatey brown fuzzy paw.
“SQUAWK! CLUCK, CLUCK SQUAWK!” Screamed the chickens.
“Let’s get outta here!” Nugget squeaked. Nugget and Coco darted for Coco’s rabbit hole, where they hid each day to watch the hen house mayhem they had caused. While they secretly watched and giggled, the chickens ran in circles looking for their lost eggs, squawking, quacking, clucking and fretting. Feathers flew and tempers flared.
But the game had one big problem. The chickens always fluttered to the meadow and found the eggs. “We need to find a better way to hide the eggs.” Nugget sighed.
Coco wiggled his nose and thought. “I have an idea. Let’s paint the eggs to match the meadow flowers. Then those goofy chickens will never find them.”
“Awesome idea, Coco.” Nugget chirped with excitement. “But where will we get the paint?”
“I know just the place. Follow me.” Coco sprang from the rabbit hole, and Nugget hippity, hopped right after him.
They marched through the meadow. They breezed through the bushes. They fluttered through the fields. No adventure was too big for their young hearts.
Finally they arrived at a rainbow. Its vibrant, magical colors glowed in brilliant yellow, pastel green, violet purple and hot pink. At the bottom of the rainbow sat a tree stump. A magical butter knife was stuck on top, as if someone speared it into the stump.
“Whoa, this is amazing!” Nugget gasped. “I’ve seen plenty of rainbows, but never up close.” His eyes were as big as saucers.
“Yep, my mom brings me here when I’m sad, when I get hurt, or whenever I need cheering up. But we have to wait our turn…” Coco warned. They got in line behind the singing girl in the blue and white dress, the leprechaun, and the unicorn. “These guys are regulars.”
When Coco and Nugget could finally touch the rainbow, Coco carved a slice out of the rainbow with the magical butter knife. “Here we are. This will be just enough to paint a dozen eggs.”
The next morning Nugget stole exactly one dozen eggs, and snuck them into Coco’s rabbit hole. Coco grabbed a leathery leaf from an old oak tree, which they used as a paint brush. Together they painted the eggs with the dazzling colors from the rainbow slice. Coco was right. It was just enough.
Nugget watched while Coco hid the rainbow colored eggs in the meadow. Coco nestled the eggs amid the colorful spring flowers. “Voila!” Coco exclaimed and snickered. “Now the eggs match the flowers. Those dim witted chickens will never find them.”
The chickens squawked and clucked and fluttered and screamed as they always did after waking to find all their eggs missing, but this time they could not find a single egg.
Coco and Nugget watched again in secret from Coco’s rabbit hole. They laughed until they cried. “That was the best.” Coco crooned while wiping wild tears from his eyes. But suddenly Nugget was silent. “What’s the matter?” Coco asked.
“Look.” Nugget marveled. Once again, his eyes were as big as saucers.
Coco followed Nugget’s gaze, out into the meadow. Amid the spring flowers was a dozen tiny, yellow, fuzzy baby chicks. “Now what?” Coco asked.
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