“What a wonderful place I found here, said the mouse to himself, all while making a cosy home for the winter in the huge pile of leaves the Gartner had raked together by the fence, next to the compost pile. I’ll be nice and warm here when the snow covers the ground and it gets real cold.”
The mouse went outside to get some dried grass straws to line his little home in the leaves with, nipping on some of the grass seeds that still clung to the dry stalks.
I won’t want for food this winter, thought the mouse. There is so much food in the compost pile, much more than I can eat alone. It would be nice to get a wife and have some little ones to share it all with.
On his way back with a mouthful of grass straws, he was startled by a large shadow. Turning around, he froze in his track.
“Why are you starring at me like that?” said the mouse.
The cat caught the mouse with his claws, and began to eat it.