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Nina loved the wilderness. She loved how the sun warmed on her tanned cheeks. How the glistening water from the lake reflected rainbows on the leaves of nearby bushes. But most of all she loved the animals.
People always knew she had a special way with the animals. Maybe by the way they let her stroke their fur, or how they never scurried away when she came near. They knew she belonged in the forest more than in the town. So it never surprised them, when she disappeared.
Even though Nina had many friends, she never quite fit in. She was always lonely. But as soon as she stepped foot in the forest it was like another part of her came to light. She suddenly felt happier and loved.
After school one day she came home and greeted her parents like usual; they hugged her and asked her about her day. Nina always answered with the new knowledge from science or the new book they started in ELA. It seemed like everyday she bought home a new drawing or story to show her parents. But today her parents had something to show her.
They sat her down in the living room. On the coffee table sat milk and cookies, Nina’s favorite after school treat. They explained how they would be experiencing a lot of new changes in the house, but how everything was for the better. Finally after a lot of anticipation, Nina found out she was getting a new sibling. Then as if that wasn’t enough enjoyment for Nina, she found out they were twins, a baby girl and boy.
Nina was so excited she felt as if she would explode. After the terrific news the family went to the table to eat the freshly prepared dinner. Nina and her parents chatted excitingly over names for the yet to be born babies over delicious vegetable soup. After a couple of servings of soup, Nina excused herself from the table. She ran to put on her boots and vest. She wrapped the scarf around her neck as she opened the door. A gust of fall air overwhelmed her. The leaves danced around Nina as if they heard about the glorious news.
Nina walked out in to the forest and found an opening where there were no trees. She sat down on a nearby rock and waited. After a few birds came and went, the word traveled the forest about their favorite visitor. All of the animals from the cute hedgehogs to the tall deer gathered around Nina. She told them about the wonderful news. She wanted her best friends to be the first she told.
After chatting for a while, Nina said goodbye to the animals and made her way home. She took off her boots and hung her vest back up. She unwrapped the scarf and laid it by her hat. Then she put on her pjs, and joined her family for a game before bed. Every time she looked at her mother she thought of the wonderful gift inside of her stomach. After playing a few rounds few Pictureka, she went to bed. She dreamed of the forest and her new siblings, she dreamed of her family and the her furry friends.
The days leading up to the baby shower were very hectic. All the towns people were coming and Nina’s extended family.! Nina was so excited, but she never forgot about her forest friends. Everyday she would run into the opening in the forest and tell the animals about the different plans. From the flavor of the cake to the guest list, the animals knew all about the baby shower.
Finally the big day came, she waited outside of the front door ready to greet people as they approached. After a couple of minutes of waiting people finally became to flood in. She greeted the baker, the seamstress, even the mayor! After everyone came Nina went inside to join the festivities. The kids played in the backyard, while the adults chatted away in the kitchen. Nina has never seen a more perfect scene before.
Nina joined her cousins and classmates in a game of tag. After a few rounds everyone took a break. So Nina slipped away to go into the forest. But, not without catching the eye of her cousins. As she went deeper and deeper into the forest, her cousins drifted farther and farther away from the other kids. Soon Nina came to her secret spot, and waited for the animals.
Her cousins watched secretly behind the trees. After a few minutes, deer and rabbits gathered around Nina. More and more animals came to her to hear more tales from her life. Nina told the animals about how much fun she was having at the baby shower, and all about the guest. Just when Nina was about to leave, she realized something was strange. The animals’s eyes drifted away from Nina to the trees behind her. When Nina turned around to her horror she saw four eyes staring back at her. Then the head of a boy peek from behind the shadows. The animals dashed away.
Her two cousins came out from behind the tree. They both had a devilish grin on their face. She knew what was going to happen next. She slowly got up and began to back away. She didn’t want to start any trouble, but that was exactly what the boys wanted to do.
At first they questioned her about what she was doing in the woods. But Nina had shut her mouth. She didn’t lie or tell the truth. She just stood there and waited for them to leave. But they didn’t. Since they knew she wasn’t going to talk, they decided to get through to her in a different way. They picked up twigs and pebbles. They yelled at her and called her names. After no response they aimed and fired. Nina didn’t know what to do,so she took off running. She sprinted through the trees as her mean cousins followed after her. After what seemed like decades of torture, the boys had their fun and left. And Nina stayed crying in the forest. She knew she couldn’t go back into the town.
Then she saw a light dancing off through the trees. With no other sign of direction, she decided to follow it. She turned right and lift. She went in circles and all around the forest. But right when she figured it was just her imagination, she saw a beautiful white fox laying underneath a tree.
She thought of how peaceful the fox looked laying there, and let out a yawn. She suddenly realized how exhausted she was and decided to take a nap, so she curled up in a ball next to the lovely fox.
As she awoke, she felt weird. She was suddenly... smaller? She sat up and looked around, she saw the white fox, but it had two tails? As she reavhed for the second tail she noticed her hands were very different. In fact they weren’t even hands! They were paws. She then finally realized what happened she was now a fox, just like the one she saw.
Then she saw a light dancing off through the trees. With no other sign of direction, she decided to follow it. She turned right and lift. She went in circles and all around the forest. But right when she figured it was just her imagination, she saw a beautiful white fox laying underneath a tree.
She thought of how peaceful the fox looked laying there, and let out a yawn. She suddenly realized how exhausted she was and decided to take a nap, so she curled up in a ball next to the lovely fox.
As she awoke, she felt weird. She was suddenly... smaller? She sat up and looked around, she saw the white fox, but it had two tails? As she reavhed for the second tail she noticed her hands were very different. In fact they weren’t even hands! They were paws. She then finally realized what happened she was now a fox, just like the one she saw.
It was like her prayers were answered! She stated hopping around with joy, dancing because of what had happened to her. The fox’s head rose.
“You are now free of that town. you once belonged to. Now you are one with the forest.” the fox said to Nina. The beautiful fox ran off with Nina following.

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