Dragonfly's Fly

On a hot summer's day, the Dragonfly came zinging across the river . Bi bi tutubi . It had a secret to tell!

The first one it saw was the shrimp who was wading in the dry, shallow part of the river.

"I have a secret!" whispered Dragonfly as it hovered over the shrimp.

"What great news!" answered the Shrimp as it flipped and flashed to the deeper part of the river. Uulang ulang . It caused quite a ripple.

The ripple frightened Frog who had just finished laying its egg sac by the reeds.

"I must hide!" it said as it hopped away leaving its egg sac unattended. Pak pak palaka .

"Where is Frog off to in a hurry?" asked Turtle. "Is trouble on the way?" it asked itself as it followed the frog. Bong bong pagong .

Up on a tree, Woodpecker saw the frog hopping away pak pak palaka followed by the turtle with its house on its back bong bong pagong .

"Why is Turtle carrying its house on its back?" wondered Woodpecker. "And why is there quite a ripple in the river? Is trouble on the way?" Woodpecker banged his hard beak on the tree trunk that echoed throughout the river. Tuk tuk batutok. Tuk tuk batutok.

Heron, who was skimming the river floor by the reeds for tasty snails leaped up in fright. It stepped on Frog's egg sac and squashed all the tiny eggs in it.

Ba bakaw kaw !

"Frog will surely be angry," it said as it plodded away.

Frog eventually returned to the reeds and found its egg sac squashed and all the tiny eggs in it. Ka ka palaka ! "Who could have done this horrible thing?"

Baaakaaaw! Baaakaaaw !" screeched the birds overhead.

"I must report this at once to the king of the river," said Frog as it hopped pak pak palaka to where King Crocodile basked on the dry river bank.

"King Crocodile," said Frog, "the heron has squashed my egg sac and all the tiny eggs in it. It must be punished!"

"Call the heron!" ordered King Crocodile. BuBu buwaya

The heron waded up the dry river bank and stood before the king of the river. Ba bakaw kaw .

"Was it you who stepped on Frog's egg sac and squashed it and all the tiny eggs in it?"

"It wasn't my fault I stepped on Frog's egg sac," said Heron. "The sound of the woodpecker's hard beak banging on the tree trunk frightened me."

"Fetch the woodpecker!" ordered King Crocodile. Bu Bu buwaya

The woodpecker flew down from its perch up in the tree and stood before the King Crocodile. Tuk tuk batutok .

"Was it you who banged your hard beak on the tree trunk that frightened Heron who stepped on Frog's egg sac and squashed it with all the tiny eggs in it?"

"I only banged my hard beak on the tree trunk to warn everyone of trouble when I saw the turtle carrying its house on its back," answered Woodpecker.

"Summon the turtle!" ordered the King Crocodile. Bu Bu buwaya .

The turtle arrived after a long while with its house on its back. Bong bong pagong

"Was it you who fled with your house on your back so that Woodpecker banged its hard beak on the tree trunk that frightened Heron who stepped on Frog's egg sac and squashed it and all the tiny eggs in it?"

"But I always carry my house on my back, King Crocodile. I saw Frog hop away in a hurry and thought their might be trouble at the river."

"So it is you Frog who frightened Turtle to flee with its house on its back so that Woodpecker banged its hard beak on the tree trunk that frightened Heron who stepped on your egg sac and squashed it with all the tiny eggs in it!" said the King Crocodile.

"I only hopped away in fright from the ripples in the river," said Frog.

"And who was responsible for the ripple?" asked King Crocodile.

"Why the shrimp!" said the frog.

"Bid the shrimp to appear before me!" ordered the King Crocodile. Bu bu buwaya.

The shrimp swam as near as it could to the dry river bank. Uulang ulang .

"So it is you Shrimp who made quite a ripple and therefore frightened Frog who Turtle saw hopping away which made Turtle flee with its house on its back so that Woodpecker banged its hard beak on the tree trunk that frightened Heron who stepped on Frog's egg sac and squashed it with all the tiny eggs in it!" said King Crocodile.

"I only flipped and flashed for joy because of what the dragonfly had told me!" answered the shrimp. Without waiting to hear what the dragonfly had said, King Crocodile said, "Send for the dragonfly!" Bu bu buwaya.

 

The dragonfly arrived and zigged around the King Crocodiles head. Bi bi tutubi .

"So it is you Dragonfly who caused Shrimp to make quite a ripple that frightened Frog who hopped away leaving its egg sac which made Turtle flee with its house on its back so that Woodpecker banged its hard beak on the tree trunk that frightened Heron who stepped on Frog's egg sac and squashed it with all the eggs in it!" said King Crocodile.

"I only told Shrimp that the rains were coming!" said the dragonfly.

"And so they are!" exclaimed King Crocodile as large rain drops plopped on his craggy head and on all those present. Pak pak patak

"Sis boom ba! Hele hele ha! The rain is here!" cheered all the river denizens in glee.

"It was good news that brought all this about. Summer has ended and the river will flow again! It is unfortunate that you Frog have lost your egg sac and all the tiny eggs in it but you will lay another soon and we promise to take good care of it and when they hatch, the little tadpoles."

All the other creatures nodded their head in agreement.

"Now everyone! Go home and enjoy the rain!" Bu bu buwaya!

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