March 17, 2020 at 7:22 pm #68923
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EPISODE 32: THE FAST RUNNER RACE
Elana (Fast Runner OC)
Oli (Fast Runner OC)
Eric (Fast Runner OC)
Ned (Fast Runner OC)
Elana’s Father/Rafael (Fast Runner OC)
Elana’s Mother/ Anastasia (Fast Runner OC)
I Will Be the Best (New)
What to Do? (New)
Ruby was racing against her younger brother Paris. “I’m going to beat you, big sis!” Paris called to her.
“Don’t be so sure my little brother. You haven’t won until you’ve won.” she replied.
Paris was indeed quite a pace ahead of her. Ruby sped up, moving as fast as her legs could carry her. It simply wouldn’t do to let her younger brother beat her in a race. She’d never hear the end of it if he won.
She sped up and passed him up. “Sorry little brother, but it is not you that is going to win, but it is I that am going to win because I will get there first.” she bragged. However, she’d spoken too soon. She was not paying attention to where she was going and ran off of a cliff. “Ahhhhhh!” she yelled as she fell.
She was about to hit bottom when she heard Paris yell “Ha, I win! I beat you Ruby!”
“No, it’s not fair!” Ruby cried as she hit the ground at the bottom of the cliff.
Ruby jumped up out of her sleep. She heard someone coming. Chomper came into the room. “Ruby, what’s going on?” he asked her.
“A bad Sleep Story. That was all it was.” she told him. She was in the Secret Caverns in the Great Valley. She’d not really fallen to her death. “Go back to bed. I’m fine.”
“Normally, you don’t have bad Sleep Stories” Chomper said.
“I do sometimes.” she sighed. Chomper left. She lay her head down on the ground, muttering softly to herself “Like Paris could beat me anyway! I’m the fastest runner in our family, not to mention our entire herd.” She fell back asleep with a smirk on her face.
[Theme song: “All I see is the day in front of us. All I see is the day in front of us. Burning bright with a new-born sun. Burning bright with a new-born sun. Come follow me. Hills to climb and valleys to roam
Oh, streams to follow all the way home
To the Land Before Time
The next day, Ruby awoke. She had dreamed about racing, and most, importantly, winning all of her races. There had been no more bad Sleep Stories. Chomper soon greeted her. “Hello Ruby.” he said.
“Hi Chomper.” she replied. The previous day it had been overcast and cold, and often rainy. She had spent a good part of the day inside the Cave of Many Voices with Chomper. Despite having stayed in the Cave of Many Voices for over a year, there were still parts that she and Chomper hadn’t explored yet. Thus, they had explored some of those parts the previous day. The two headed outside and found that the weather was gorgeous. “Today is a great day to feel great on.” she remarked.
As Ruby and Chomper headed to see their friends., they saw some Far Walkers coming into the Great Valley. Much to her surprise, they were Fast Runners. Bothteeth didn’t often come to the Great Valley. There were four families; each of them had a kid about her age.
“Hello there.” Grandpa Longneck greeted them.
“Hello.” said an oviraptor female.
“So, this is the mythical Great Valley we’ve heard about.” commented her mate.
“Yes, welcome.” Grandma Longneck said.
“My name is Rafael.” the adult male added. “This is my wife Anastasia and my daughter Elana.” he said, indicating his light-orange-colored mate and pink-colored daughter.
Ruby walked over to Elana. “Hello there. I don’t believe we have met before.” she said.
“Hello there, my name is Elana.” she said.
“My name is Ruby.” said Ruby.
Before they could say more, Chomper, who wanted to get a better look at the newly arrived Fast Runners, came into sight.“Ahhhhh, Sharptooth!” yelled the Fast Runners, taking off in fright.
“Wait, come back!” yelled Chomper. This only scared them the more.
“The Sharptooth can talk!” yelled Anastasia.
“He must be very smart if he can talk! That makes him even more dangerous!”Rafael cried.
“Run!” they all yelled. They were all headed toward the exit.
They were nearing the exit to the Great Valley when Ruby caught up with them. “Guys—-, he is a—-friendly Sharptooth! He won’t hurt you!” she panted.The others paused and turned around to stare at her.
“Friendly Sharptooth?” asked one of them in shock.
“Yes, Chomper saved my life from Red Claw. He’s really nice and wouldn’t hurt anyone here.” said Ruby.
“I’ve never heard of a nice Sharptooth. “replied Elana skeptically.
“He hasn’t chased after you like he would chase after you if he were a mean Sharptooth.” Ruby pointed out. She led them back into the Great Valley. They still looked around warily for Chomper, as though he might come bursting out from behind a corner or leap out from behind a rock and attack them at any moment. However, once they had come near the point at which they had turned to run, they found Chomper still there, standing around, non-threatening, with an annoyed expression on his face. He was saying to Grandpa and Grandma Longneck “I hate it when that happens! This is the third time this has happened this week!”
Grandma Longneck turned and noticed that the Fast Runners had returned. “Oh good, they’ve come back!” she sighed in relief.
“Yep, I caught up with them before they could leave the Great Valley.” Ruby replied.
“Say, you’re pretty fast. I’m the fastest runner in my herd. Wanna race us?” Elana asked Ruby.
“Well, I can suppose that I can.” said Ruby.
“I’ll race you first.” said Oli, a silver female Fast Runner.
“I hope you win Ruby.” said Chomper.
“He doesn’t bite, does he?” asked Oli, who was still skeptical of Chomper.
“No, he doesn’t…..” said Ruby. She was interrupted as Chomper attacked a Biting Buzzer, splattering bug goo all over his face.
“No, it’s tasty actually.” argued Chomper. Oli grimaced.
“You’ll get used to it.” said Ruby.
“I don’t think I want to.” Oli replied.
A few minutes later, Cera remarked to Ruby “You sure seem excited about this race Ruby.”
“We have loved racingever since we became Fast Runners. My mother told me this story of how we were once regular Bothteeth. Then one day a vicious Sharptooth arrived and challenged our kind to a race. Anyone that lost to him got eaten.” Ruby said, speaking in a very dramatic tone. “One day a very brave Oviraptor named Ovodecided to challenge the Sharptooth. He asked the Bright Circle to help and was given the ability to run fast, far faster than a normal Oviraptor. He was raced the Sharptooth for hours and ended up beating him in a race. He demanded that the Sharptooth leave and never return. But the Sharptooth was angry and wanted to eat him anyway. Ovo ran from the Sharptooth and came to a cliff. There was a log bridge across and he ran across. The Sharptooth chased after him but fell to his death when the log broke. The Bright Circle gave all Oviraptors the ability to run really fast because of Ovo saving the Mysterious Beyond from the dangerous Sharptooth. And so now we all like to race and be the fastest just like Ovo.” Ruby said, finishing her story.
“So you think you can win?” Cera asked.
“I am the fastest Fast Runner in my family. I think I can win”
“I’m the fastest in my family too.” Oli said.
“Well, good luck.” Ruby said. She hoped that she would win this one. She didn’t think she could bear it if she lost in the first round of the races.
Ten minutes later, Ruby and Oli were about to win race. They were at the top of a hill. They had to race down the hill, across a forest, and stop at a watering hole.
“Ready, get set. Go!” said Elana. Ruby and Oli took off. Oli had the lead for a short while.
“Come on Ruby! You can do it!” Chomper called to her. Ruby sped up. She passed up Oli as they reached the bottom of the hill. Ruby continued ahead of Oli as they entered the forest. Oli sped up, chasing after her. Much to Ruby’s chagrin, her lead over Oli dwindled the closer she got to the finish line. I can’t lose! It would not do to lose because then I would not be a winner. Ruby thought.
Oli and Ruby were neck and neck as they neared a patch of trees. Oli sidestepped them in time, but Ruby collided with them and fell. However, she got back up and began to catch up with Oli. She hopped over a rock that was in her way just in time. Oli wasn’t so lucky and tripped. However, she soon got back up and started to catch up with Ruby as they left the forest.
“I’m going to beat you!” Oli called to her.
Ruby didn’t want to lose her lead and so sped up. Oli came in sight of the watering hole. However, Ruby had reached it already.
“Ruby wins.” said Elana. Ruby smiled.
“Well done Ruby.” Oli said.
“Thanks.” Ruby replied.
“You can race Ned tomorrow.” Elana said.
“You guys are staying in the Great Valley for a while then?” Ruby asked. Elana nodded.
“Nice going Ruby.” said Cera to Ruby a short time later.
“Thanks Cera.” said Ruby.
“You’ll race Eric tomorrow.” Elana informed Ruby.
“Don’t worry Ruby, I’m sure you can beat him.” Ducky said to her.
“I want to go practice some.” Ruby said.
As Ruby headed off to practice running, she spotted Eric. He was climbing a steep hill but, despite the increasing pull of gravity, was still moving at a brisk pace as he ascended. He was certainly going to be harder to beat than Oli!
“Oh dear. He can run fast. And I’ll have to run faster than he can, or else I won’t win tomorrow.” Ruby said to herself. And so, she went to the bottom of a steep hill and tried to climb it in the same time that Eric had. Much to her dismay, her time wasn’t as good as Eric’s had been. “This is not good. If I cannot do as well as him, then I shall lose tomorrow. And I do not want to lose for if I lose, then I won’t win.”
She went back to the bottom of the hill and began to run up it again, pushing herself harder this time. The idea of losing was too much for her ego. She began to sing to herself, to help boost her confidence.
“Oh I will be the best.
I will be greater than all the rest.
Oh they will all see.
That the best runner in the Great Valley is clearly me.
I will keep the best pace
So that I will win the race.
I will not be a disgrace.
I want to be able to grin
When I pull off another win.
Oh I will be the best.
I will be the winner of the contest.
Oh I will win, there’s no doubt,
And when I do I’m going to shout.
Oh I will be the best.
I will be better than all the rest.” Ruby sang while she ran.
After an hour of practicing, it began to rain. “Oh great, sky water!” Ruby sighed. However, she continued to practice anyway. “It’s just sky water. It won’t stop me.”Eric also continued to practice in spite of the rain. Both of them were taking the upcoming race quite seriously. Eric slipped on mud and fell and rolled down the hill. Ruby normally would have stopped to help him, but she was too absorbed in her racing practice to pay him much attention.
Eric decided that it was pointless to run in the rain and risk falling over; Ruby, however, continued to practice. Though her legs were starting to feel sore, she ignored the pain and continued on practicing.
“I have to keep practicing so that I can beat him.” Ruby said to herself. She practiced for several more hours. By the end of the day, Ruby was exhausted. Her body was all sweaty and her feathers were sticking to her skin. The oviraptor yawned. “I need to rest. I cannot win tomorrow if I cannot get up tomorrow due to being so tired that I cannot get up to race.” she said to herself.
She feebly moved into the Secret Caverns and lay down and fell asleep at once. She had a nightmare in which she lost badly to Eric. “I thought you were the fastest runner in your herd. You’re awful.” Cera said.
“You’ve shamed our family Ruby!” her father said.
“I’m sorry!” Ruby sobbed.
“You should have tried harder!” Littlefoot scolded her.
Ruby woke up. She couldn’t let that happen! Though it was still dark, she went off to practice She practiced for hours. She ran up and down the hill and through the forest until he legs ached and she was in danger of falling asleep while running. Finally, about two hours before dawn, she went back to the Secret Caverns and went to sleep.
She woke up three hours later. It was actually Chomper who woke her up as she had overslept. “Ruby, get up, the race will be up two hours!” he said.
“Wha—?” she moaned groggily, rubbing her eyes.
“Ruby, you overslept. The race will be in two hours!”
“Oh no, I’ve got to go and practice!” she cried.
“Don’t you think you’re taking this too seriously?”
“No, I need to win this race!” she said as she took off. Chomper groaned.
Ruby practiced until ten minutes before the race began. “I think you’ve practiced enough Ruby.” Chomper said to her.
“I hope so because if I’m wrong, then I will lose this race.”
“I’m trying to relax but being so nervous about this race is making it hard to relax.”
“It’s just a dumb race.”
“I have to win it!”
“I hope you win too, but even if you don’t, it’s not the end of the world.”
Ruby, however, felt as though it would indeed be the end of the world if she lost her race. Ten minutes later, she was still feeling very uneasy. The race was now about to start. “Good luck, Ruby.” Eric said to her. Ruby was so nervous that she didn’t reply back wishing him good luck.
“Ready….set…go!” Elana cried. The two took off. Eric had the lead but not for long. Ruby sped up and caught up to him a minute later. The two continued neck and neck for three more minutes. Ruby felt that her extra practice had been well spent, in that she felt that she couldn’t have kept up with Eric without it. On the other hand, she had to admit that she had perhaps overdone the practicing, making her more tired.
As the two approached the top of the hill, the ground began to shake. “Earthshake!” the two Fast Runners cried. The force of the quake knocked the two over and sent them rolling in two different directions. Ahead of Ruby, the quake broke open a large chunk of rock, revealing a tunnel behind it. The tunnel was part of one of the Great Valley’s many caves. It hadn’t had an opening at this spot, however, that is, until just now. Ruby went rolling through this opening. When she gained her bearings, she got up and found her way out of the cave.
Eric had also, by this time, regained his bearings. He ran back to the top of the hill, having been sent part of the way back down it due to the earthquake, and sprinted toward the finish line He eventually arrived, but Ruby had arrived there first.
Ruby had found that she had come out of the tunnel near the path and behind some bushes. They weren’t supposed to be heading off the main paths, per the race rules, but she hadn’t gone off the path on purpose, thus it wasn’t cheating. She got back on the path and ran, not looking behind her, until she had reached the finish line by the lake. Eric arrived two minutes later.
“Congratulations, Ruby!” Eric said, shaking her hand.
“Nice job too, buddy.” Ruby replied.
“Well done Ruby.” Ducky said.
“You win again like me knew you would.” Petrie said.
“You’ll race Ned tomorrow.” Elana told Ruby.
Ruby wanted to practice for her race the next day. However, her legs were too tired from her practicing that morning plus racing. She needed to rest. She slowly walked back to the Secret Caverns to go take a nap. She didn’t plan to take a long nap for she wanted to practice for her race against Ned the following day.
She caught sight of Ned running and was unnerved by what she saw. Ned was running a lot faster than she’d seen Eric run the previous day. She began to doubt that she could beat him. She really didn’t want to lose. After napping for only an hour, she got up, despite still feeling sleepy and her legs still aching. She ran as fast as she could but didn’t think she was reaching the same speed as Eric. By the end of the day, she was very exhausted, yet felt that she still wasn’t good enough.
She had another nightmare that she lost the race. When she woke up the next morning, she felt very uneasy. She wondered how she could possibly beat Eric. Then she remembered the passage that the earthquake had opened up. Last time she had gone that way involuntarily. If she went this time, she would be cheating. Right before the race was to start, Ruby still felt conflicted about what to do. Spike smiled at her, trying to encourage her; however, it didn’t make her feel any better.
“Good luck Ruby.” Eric said to her.
“Good luck.” Ruby nervously replied.
“Ready….set….go!” Elana said.
As they took off, Ruby’s pride got the better of her. She decided that she had to win the race even if it meant cheating. As they went up the hill, Ruby deliberately lagged behind. She wanted Eric ahead enough that he wouldn’t see her take her forbidden shortcut.
Chomper, meanwhile, saw two butterflies fly past him. He hadn’t had breakfast yet and was feeling somewhat hungry. He wandered some distance from the finish line, chasing the butterflies. He came near the newly formed exit of the cave. “I don’t recall that being there before.” he said to himself. Not thinking much more of it, he continued to chase the butterflies.
Ruby, meanwhile, headed through the cave. She reasoned that nobody would see her cheat as they were all by the finish line and Ned was ahead of her and wouldn’t notice.
Chomper, meanwhile, had caught and eaten the butterflies. He had chased them behind a bush, which blocked him from view of the cave. Thus, he was there when he saw Ruby come out of the cave. It took him a moment to realize what he was seeing. “Ruby, how could you?!” Chomperquietly gasped as he watched Ruby cheating.
Ruby, meanwhile, unaware that Chomper had discovered her unethical conduct, continued the race. Ned was still ahead of her. However, having used her shortcut, she soon gained on him till they were neck and neck.
Ned was shocked that Ruby had caught up to him so quickly. He sped up till they were neck and neck. Ruby, however, was determined to win and sped up herself. Thus, she was able to cross the finish line a minute before Ned did.
“I won!” Ruby cried.
“Congratulations, Ruby.” Littlefoot said.
“Well done.” Cera said.
“Me knew you could do it.” Petrie said.
“Thanks guys.” Ruby replied, feeling guilty deep down that she did not really deserve their praises.
She began to walk toward the Secret Caverns to rest for a bit. At the entrance to the cave, she encountered Chomper. “Hello Chomper. I won my race.” she said.
Chomper folded his arms and rolled his eyes at her. “Riiiiight!” he said sarcastically.
“What do you mean by that Chomper?” Ruby asked, wondering why he was acting this way.
“I mean that you said that you won your race. I could win too if I took a shortcut and cheated.” he snorted.
“I don’t know what cheating it is that you’re talking about but the cheating you’re talking about wasn’t done by me!” Ruby lied. Inside, she was frantic. How had Chomper found out?
“I saw you when I was off chasing two Pretty Flyers.”
“No, that couldn’t be me that you saw. What you saw must have been another Fast Runner that was not me!” she lied again, starting to shake with nerves.
“Ruby, knock it off!” Chomper snapped.
“Ok, I cheated!” Ruby sighed in resignation.
“Why would you lie to everyone like that and cheat?” Chomper asked her.
“I wanted to win all the races so that I wouldn’t look bad if I lost any races.”
“So you cheated on all of them?”
“Nope, this was my first one. The Earthshake made that passage that I took this time.”
“I thought you were better than this.”
“I really didn’t want to lose.”
“You shouldn’t have cheated.”
“Are you going to tell the others?”
“No. First off, it would be my word against yours. Second, I think you should do the right thing and tell them yourself.”
Chomper left, leaving Ruby by herself. Ruby wasn’t totally conflicted on what to do. She likely wouldn’t have beaten Ned without having cheated. Elana was an even faster runner than Ned so there was no possible way that she could beat Elana without cheating. If she just raced without cheating and never admitted to having cheated the last race, then she would still lose anyway.
“Oh what to do.
I wish I knew.
I really wanted to win
But things went wrong when
Chomper learned that I cheated.
Now I feel like I’ve been defeated.
But if I tell what I’ve done,
Then Elana will know that I haven’t really won.
But if I don’t tell then I won’t be free.
My conscience will keep bothering me.
Oh what to do?
I wish I knew.” she sang.
Ruby didn’t sleep well that night. She kept tossing in turning, bothered by a guilty conscience. Finally, she awoke the next morning. She still was planning on racing Elana and cheating to beat her, so she could claim that she was faster than the others. The others wished her encouragement for the final race, but she felt very uneasy inside.
They lined up to race. “Congratulations on making it this far Ruby. Good luck. “ Elana said to her. The two were going to race in one minute.
Part of Ruby wanted to race Elana and take her unethical shortcut and clam that she was the fastest runner when she had beaten her. However, she knew Chomper would see through it. And she also knew that she couldn’t really believe that she was the fastest runner when she had cheated. While the others might believe she was good, her own conscience would never let her believe it. Right before they were to take off, Ruby cried “Wait, stop!”
“Why?” Elana asked.
“I can’t race you.
“Because I didn’t really win the last race.”
“What do you mean?”
“The reason that I beat Ned is because I cheated so that I could beat Ned.”
Ruby’s friends all gasped. “You mean you not really beat Ned?” Petrie asked.
“No.” Ruby sighed, hanging her head in shame.
“Why would you do such a thing?” Littlefoot asked.
“Because I didn’t want to lose and wanted everyone to think that I was the best runner.” Ruby sighed.
“We already think you are a good runner, Ruby. You did not have to cheat.” Ducky said.
“I know that now.”
“What you did was wrong.” Ned said. Ruby hung her head in shame. “But I forgive you.”
“Yes. It was just a silly race. No reason to be mad at you forever.”
“I promise that I won’t ever cheat again.”
“Maybe someday you’ll be able to beat me in a race.” Elana said.
“I hope so. I’ll have to practice a lot if I want to win the right way.”
Sometime later, Elana and the other Fast Runners were about to leave the Great Valley. “We’ll be going soon.” Elana said to Ruby.
“I hope that you’ll come back sometime soon.”
“I hope so too.”
“Bye.” Ruby said. She would indeed race them some day in the future. And she would indeed beat Elana, this time by doing it the right way.April 5, 2020 at 1:57 am #68927
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Oops that was The Fast Runner Race. Here’s Yellow Belly Adventure:
EPISODE 31: YELLOW BELLY ADVENTURE
Stubby (Yellow Belly OC)
Ashla (Yellow Belly OC)
Hookthumb Sharpteeth (OCs)
Yellow Belly Bounce
It was a day with fine weather in the Great Valley. The kids were together in the Great Valley playing Stop the Seed. Cera lunged at the seed, sending it out reach of Petrie, who had flown up to get it. “Oh man!” Petrie moaned. Cera butted the seed with her horn, sending it whirling toward Chomper, who jumped up and grabbed it. Petrie, angry that Cera had intercepted the seed, flew toward Chomper, hoping to ensure that he couldn’t pass it to his teammates. Ducky came toward him from the opposite direction. The two blocked his path to Spike, not that it mattered, as Spike was only half paying attention, as he’d spotted a yummy green plant that looked too good to pass up.
“Ruby catch!” Chomper yelled. She jumped at it, but it moved past the tips of her thumbs and sailed over her head and sailing out of sight.
“Ha, out of bounds! Now the seed is ours again!” Littlefoot laughed.
“Oh dear!” Ruby groaned, putting her head in her hands.
“Where did it go?” Chomper asked.
“I think it went that way” replied Ruby, pointing toward some bushes. “I’ll go get it.” The Fast Runner went around a corner and looked for it. “Where could it have gone to? It was heading this direction when I saw it before the point that I no longer saw it.” she said to herself.
She heard someone moaning in pain. She quickly rushed to the source of the sound and found a Yellow Belly lying on the ground. The seed was next to him. “Are you ok?” she asked, concerned.
“My wife and I were here waiting for my cousins Loofah and Doofah when suddenly this pointy seed comes and conks me on the head!” complained the Yellow Belly.
“Sorry about that.” said Ruby, blushing.
“Ruby, did you find it?” came Littlefoot’s voice.
“Yes, and I found a Yellow Belly too.” answered Ruby.
“Yellow Belly?” asked Littlefoot.
“Yes, the pointy seed has knocked him down.”
Littlefoot and the others came into view. Doofah walked toward them. “Hello there. Glad to see you again.”
[Theme song: “All I see is the day in front of us. All I see is the day in front of us. Burning bright with a new-born sun. Burning bright with a new-born sun. Come follow me. Hills to climb and valleys to roam
Oh, streams to follow all the way home
To the Land Before Time
“What are you doing here?” asked Cera.
“We were helping my cousin Stubby and his wife Ashla get to Berry Valley. However, this really big Sharptooth came after us. He had one yellow eye and one red eye. He had this red claw. Scarred face. Scary-looking fellow. He showed up with two Fast Biters and the three of them chased us. We hid here in the Great Valley.” said Loofah.
“Luckily he didn’t follow us in here.” Doofah said.
“You mean Red Claw?” asked Chomper, who had been standing behind Cera and who walked into view to talk to them.
Loofah, Doofah, Foobie and the other two Yellow Bellies jumped back. “Sharptooth!” they cried. They turned and ran.
“I thought you said the Great Valley was safe from Sharpteeth..” Ashla complained to Loofah and Doofah.
“We did too. One must have snuck in. Tricky things, Sharpteeth.” Doofah replied.
“Wait, come back, I’m not going to hurt you.” cried Chomper.
The Yellow Bellies turned and looked at Chomper. “You’re not?” gasped Stubby in shock.
“No, I’m a nice Sharptooth. I’m friends with Littlefoot.” said Chomper.
The Yellow Bellies came back. “Perhaps you can tell that other guy to leave us alone.” said Doofah.
Chomper laughed. “Red Claw won’t listen to me. He wants me dead.”
“We tried up with our tush and look like a bush. Didn’t work. The ground was rocky.” said Loofah. “What did you try?” Chomper asked.. They moved up their tush and looked like a bush. Chomper snickered.”Very clever disguise. However, there is another problem with that. One you didn’t think of.”
“What?” asked Loofah
“Your smell.” replied Chomper.
“Smell? I don’t smell that bad, do I?” asked Loofah, sniffing his armpit. “PU! I guess he was right!”
Chomper tried hard not to laugh.”No, that’s not what I meant.” he said. “A Sharptooth will smell you and chase you based on it. It doesn’t matter if you look like a bush if he has your scent. Our sniffers can find you anyway.”
“So, what do we do?” asked Doofah.
“You need to smell like something else other than you.” said Chomper.
“Should I smell like Loofah, Foobie, Ashla, or Stubby?” Doofah asked.
“No, you need to smell like something other than a Yellow Belly.” Chomper replied.
“How about a Longneck?” Doofah asked.
“Um, no.” Chomper replied, shaking his head at how slow the Yellow Bellies were. “I was thinking more like a plant. Like berries.”
“How do we do that?” asked Loofah. A while later, they were rubbing berries on themselves.
“Good. That ought to mask your scent.” said Chomper.
“Great idea Chomper. Now the Sharpteeth won’t be able to smell us.” Ashla said.
However, she’d spoken too soon. Doofah started licking the berry juice off of herselr. “Mmmmm.” she said. “No, no, no!” yelled Chomper, irked.
“Mmmmmm, berries.” said Loofah. He too started to lick the berries off of himself too. Foobie, Stubby, and Ashla hadn’t licked off the berries, as they had had more sense than Loofah and Doofah.
Chomper groaned. He would have facepalmed too, except that his arms were too short to allow him to do so. “This is going to be harder than I thought.” he said in annoyance.
Sometime later, they were once more covered in berries. Chomper whacked Doofah, who had been about to lick herself again. “Stop it!’ he snapped.
“Sorry.” said Doofah.
“Well, let’s get to Berry Valley.” said Littlefoot.
“Do you even know the way?” asked Ruby. Littlefoot nodded.
“We’re going to go adventuring. Adventuring. Adventuring. I’m goin’ to go adventuring
and who knows what I’ll find.” sang Littlefoot.
“Will we be able to find some way
to get to Berry Valley and keep Red Claw away?
If he finds us it will wreck our day.” sang Cera.
“I sure hope not.” sang Chomper.
“Will we go near a water fall?” sang Ducky.
“Will me meet Sharpteeth big or small?” sang Petrie.
“I hope we don’t meet them at all.” sang Ruby.
“I hope there’s lot of berries that we find!” sang Loofah.
“And we leave all those pesky Sharpteeth behind!” sang Doofah.
“So if you go adventuring, adventuring
There’s just one thing
You know what you are going to have to do?
You’re gonna have to take us all
with you.” sang all but Littlefoot. “We want to go adventuring too.” the others sang, ending the song.
“Let’s get going.” said Littlefoot.
“Going where?” said a voice. It was Mr. Threehorn.
“Hello. I don’t think I’ve met you before.” said Loofah.
“Somehow, I think that’s a good thing.” remarked Topps, eyeing Loofah with annoyance.
“They’re going to Berry Valley with us.” said Doofah.
“Berry Valley? I’ve never heard of it before.” said Mr. Threehorn.
“It is a wonderful place with lots of berries.” said Loofah.
“We have some berries in the Great Valley.” said Mr. Threehorn.
“Could you show us where they are?” asked Loofah.
“Over there.” said Mr. Threehorn, pointing to a bunch of bushes behind the Yellow Bellies. The Yellow Bullies turned around and began running toward the berries. The Yellow Bellies eat all the berries on the bushes. Topps’s jaw dropped in astonishment! “When did you guys last eat?” Mr. Threehorn asked.
“Three hours ago.” Loofah replied.
“You’ve got to be kidding me.” Mr. Threehorn groaned in exasperation.
“Wait, you’re right. It was only two hours ago.” Doofah said, laughing. Mr. Threehorn groaned again.
“Mr. Threehorn, we’re going to go with them to Berry Valley now. We don’t want to be out after dark.” Littlefoot said.
“You’re not going anywhere!” Mr. Threehorn snapped.
“But we’re going with them. They could use a little help avoiding Red Claw.” Littlefoot said.
“I don’t know about this.” said Topps, who wasn’t fond of the Yellow Bellies.
“Well, we could always stay here instead of going to Berry Valley. There are lots of nice things here.” Doofah said.
“On second thought, I think it would be best if they did go to Berry Valley. But I cannot have you kids wandering into the Mysterious Beyond like you did the last time. This time I’m going with you.” Mr. Threehorn said.
“Oh, we’re going to be such pals!” said Doofah excitedly.
“Don’t get your hopes up.” said Topps gruffly.
“That’s the spirit.” Doofah replied absentmindedly.
They set out toward Berry Valley. “So, how far is it to this Berry Valley?” Topps asked Loofah.
“Well, we’re not exactly sure.” he replied.
“What do you mean you’re not sure?!”
“We’ll we normally just get there when we get there.”
“Isn’t that just great!” Topps moaned.
“Yes, it is.” Loofah replied, not picking up the sarcasm in Mr. Threehorn’s voice.
“I was being sarcastic.” Mr. Threehorn snapped.
“Oh.” Loofah said.
“Do you know the way to Berry Valley?” Topps asked.
“No.” Doofah replied.
“Then how do you expect to get there?” Topps asked incredulously.
“We just feel it, you know.” Loofah replied.
“Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me!” Mr. Threehorn moaned.
“No, you see, we just felt it and found our way to Berry Valley once before. Of course, we had some problems with Hookthumb Sharpteeth but we got there in the end anyway.” Loofah replied.
“Some dinosaurs just seem to be very lucky.” Mr. Threehorn remarked, shaking his head.
“So, can you do up with your tush and look like a bush if you get into any danger?” Loofah asked Topps.
“Up with my what?! Is this some kind of joke?” asked Topps.
“No, it’s not. Though I do know a good one about three Yellow Bellies who….” he paused as Mr. Threehorn grumbled in annoyance, and instead decided to demonstrate what he’d been talking about. “Watch.” He, Doofah, Foobie, and the other Yellow Bellies moved their rear ends upward and stuck their heads in the sand.
Mr. Threehorn was not impressed. “And I thought Longnecks were the dumbest creatures out there. Guess I was wrong.” he remarked.
“It’s actually not that dumb. It’s just that it won’t always work. A Sharptooth that isn’t looking for them might walk by them if he doesn’t bother to sniff for them. If he’s looking and sniffing for them, however, it won’t work.” Chomper said.
“And what would you know?” Mr. Threehorn asked. Chomper, affronted by his remark, rolled his eyes. The gesture wasn’t lost on Mr. Threehorn, who quickly added “Oh, right.”
They soon spotted a pack of Hookthumb Sharpteeth in the distance. Doofah and Loofah and the other Yellow Bellies were oblivious to them, but Foobie soon spotted them and began squawking. “EWAH! EWAH! EWAH!”
“What is it, Foobie?” Loofah asked.
“EWAH! EWAH! EWAH!” Foobie squawked again, pointing toward the Hookthumb Sharpteeth.
“Sharpteeth!” Loofah cried in horror.
“Run!” yelled Doofah.
“Hang on, we don’t need to run. I can handle this.” Mr. Threehorn objected. He turned and began to move toward the Sharpteeth.
“Wow, he’s so brave!” said Doofah in adoration.
“That’s my dad!” Cera boasted.
The Hookthumb Sharpteeth ran toward him. “Get lost!” Mr. Threehorn bellowed, charging at one of them and knocking him over.
“I wish I could do that!” Doofah said mournfully.
“Come on!” Topps called to them. They followed him out of sight. The Sharpteeth pursued after them.
Mr. Threehorn was well ahead. The Yellow Bellies, due to being fatter, were at the rear. The Sharpteeth were just around a corner.
“Let’s do up with your tush and look like a bush!” suggested Loofah.
They stuck their heads in the ground and moved their behinds up right before the Sharpteeth could spot them. The Sharpteeth did not notice the Yellow Bellies but did spot the kids.
“Run!” Ruby yelled. Some of the kids hid behind the Yellow Bellies, hoping that the Sharpteeth wouldn’t spot them.
I smell them around here somewhere. They are probably hiding behind these odd colored plants. one of the Hookthumb Sharpteeth remarked.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen plants like these before. another Sharptooth remarked.
The group spotted Chomper. Hey Little Biter, have you seen any Flattooth kids around here? I can smell them but can’t see them. They could be hiding behind of these bushes. one of them said to him.
Not in a while. They came by here hours ago, but I don’t know where they could be now. All I saw was that Threehorn, and I’m trying to avoid him. Chomper lied. Having gotten the Yellow Bellies to get themselves to smell like berries, he was glad that it seemed that his plan had worked and that the Sharpteeth were unaware that they were standing next to a bunch of Flatteeth.
What are you doing out here all by yourself? one of them asked him.
You shouldn’t be exploring out here all by yourself. We’ll take you home. one of them offered. He and his mate left with Chomper, who quickly began thinking of a way to ditch the two and return to the others.
The other Sharpteeth, meanwhile, spotted Spike and Ruby. Aha, the missing Flattooth kids! one of them cried.
Ruby and her friends ran for it. The Sharpteeth chased after them. As the last of the Sharpteeth were leaving, Loofah, who had an upset stomach, broke wind at that moment. Three of the Hookthumb Sharpteeth turned around and sniffed the air. The smell of these plants has changed a lot. It smells like…YUCK! These aren’t plants! The Sharpteeth moved to snap at Loofah. Luckily, Foobie had already sensed the danger, had pulled his head out of the ground, and was quickly able to alert Loofah and move him in time. He moved his head out of the ground and moved aside just as a Hookthumb Sharptooth snapped right where he’d been.
The two quickly alerted the other Yellow Bellies. They immediately pulled their heads out of the sand and took off, the Sharpteeth right behind them. The Yellow Bellies kept running and the Sharpteeth continued to gain on them. The Sharpteeth came to a halt as they saw some of their companions slammed backward toward them. Mr. Threehorn had attacked the Sharpteeth to stop them from hurting the kids. The Sharpteeth made for Mr. Threehorn but were thrown backward by his headbutting like their companions had been earlier.
The Sharpteeth got up, as did the ones that had been flung earlier. The group all ran at Mr. Threehorn. “Run!” Topps, who knew he couldn’t take them all by himself, yelled.
Meanwhile, Chomper and the two Hookthumb Sharpteeth turned a corner and headed into a canyon. The Sharpteeth weren’t paying too much attention to him, so he halted, and they walked past him. He slowly made his way back the other way toward his friends.
A Hookthumb Sharptooth, meanwhile, had chased Ruby and Ducky up a fern tree. “Back brute!” Ruby yelled, pulling loose a branch and smacking the Sharptooth in the face with it. RRNNNH! The Sharptooth snarled. “Go on Ducky!” Ruby said, holding out her hands so that Ducky could climb onto them and higher up the tree.
The Baryonyx lunged at her again. She tried to smack him again with the branch, but the Sharptooth grabbed the branch with his jaws and pulled it away from her. She nearly lost her balance but was able to hang on. Again, the Sharptooth leapt up. SNAP! His fangs narrowly missed her legs. He jumped up again. SNAP! The Sharptooth missed her again but was able to snag some feathers attached to her right arm and pull them loose. “Oh dear! Oh dear!” she cried. “Help!” As she watched Ducky reach the highest branch, out of reach of the Sharptooth, Ruby thought that she was a goner. The Sharptooth was about to leap up and attack when he turned around and snarled, staring down at Chomper, who had bitten him in the tail.
What did you do that for? the Sharptooth snapped.
Because I can. Want to do something about it? Chomper taunted him. He stuck out his tongue at the irate Sharptooth before turning and running off.
Why you little…….! the Sharptooth thundered, stomping off to make Chomper pay for biting him in the tail.
Ruby and Ducky used the opportunity that had been given them by Chomper’s distraction to climb down the tree and begin looking for the others.
“Do you think that Chomper will be ok?” Ducky asked Ruby.
“I think so. He knew that it would be dangerous to go and do that before he went and did that. He’s done stuff like this before, like the time he went and saved me from Red Claw.”
Chomper, meanwhile, was barely ahead of the angry Sharptooth. I’m going to get you now, you little brat! the Sharptooth bellowed at him. He wasn’t sure what he was going to do. He’d hoped to lure the Sharptooth away from the others and lose him, but that didn’t seem to be happening. He spotted a crevice in a big rock and quickly crawled into it. The Sharptooth quickly smelled his way to where Chomper was.
Found you, you little brat! Now you’re going to pay! the Hookthumb Sharptooth thundered. He began to push with his snout and claws at the rock, trying to reach Chomper. Chomper backed into the crevice as far as he could go, shaking in fright and hoping that the Sharptooth wouldn’t get to him.
The Baryonx would have reached Chomper, had he not been distracted. “Yoowhoo! Over here tough guy!” Stubby yelled. The Sharptooth turned around to stare at the silver Beipiaosaurus. “Want some Yellow Belly in your belly? Come over here and get it!” The Sharptooth abandoned Chomper to go after the Yellow Belly. Chomper came out of hiding once the Sharptooth had left.
Stubby, meanwhile, jumped off of a cliff. The Sharptooth looked down, expecting to see a body, but, much to his disgust, found that Stubby had jumped into a lake below and was floating on his back, looking up at the Sharptooth and sticking his tongue out at him.
“Na na, can’t get me!” Stubby laughed. The Sharptooth scowled before walking away empty-handed. Stubby returned to the other Yellow Bellies.
“Stubby, you’re alive!” cried Ashla in relief.
“Yep, that Sharptooth would have had to try harder than that to get me.”
“Let’s hope that we don’t meet any more Sharpteeth before we get to Berry Valley.” Topps said.
“Does anyone have any idea where Berry Valley is?” Ashla asked.
“Nope. We’ll get there when we get there.” Loofah replied.
“I was afraid you were going to say that.” Stubby groaned.
“Glad to see that some of you Yellow Bellies are reasonable.” Mr. Threehorn remarked.
“Oh don’t mind Stubby. He’s just a stick in the mud.” Loofah said to Topps.
It was nearing sunset; Ruby turned to Topps in concern. “Mr. Threehorn, it’s getting dark. We need to find a safe place to rest for the night. Wherever Berry Valley is, we won’t get there tonight. And if we try and get there tonight, Sharpteeth will spot us in the dark and since it is dark, we won’t know they spotted us until long after they’ve spotted us.”
“Ruby’s right. Let’s find some place safe for the night.” Mr. Threehorn said.
After searching for twenty minutes, they eventually found a large cave to rest in. Mr. Threehorn, Ruby, and Spike wanted to rest for the night. However, Loofah and Doofah weren’t ready to go to bed yet. “Come on you two, it’s time to rest!” Ashla whined.
“I’m not tired yet.” Doofah replied.
“Me neither.” Loofah said.
Foobie rolled his eyes at the two. He was the Wise One of the Yellow Bellies and had gotten his two friends out of more pinches than he cared to remember. While many Yellow Bellies were inept, these two were particularly gifted in that arena. Still, with his help, as well as a ton of good luck, Loofah and Doofah had managed to survive so far.
“Well keep quiet and don’t bother us.” Topps snapped at Loofah and Doofah.
“Ok, we’ll just dance to pass the time.” Loofah said.
“Dancing? Hmmmph!” Topps remarked.
“Oh, you’d like it. It’s fun.” Doofah said.
“I don’t dance!” Topps bellowed.
“Why not?” Loofah asked.
“We may be silly, but dancing is not.” Doofah replied.
“I can’t dance anyway.” Mr. Threehorn said.
“Have you ever tried?” Loofah asked.
“Well, no, but…..”
“Come on, it’s easy!” Doofah said. She and Loofah grabbed Mr. Threehorn and tried to get him up to get him to dance.
“I really don’t want…..” Mr. Threehorn began to protest. Loofah and Doofah forced him to move his legs as they began to dance. Despite Mr. Threehorn’s big size, the two of them together had enough strength to force him to move.
“Come on. Come on and dance.” Loofah sang.
“Come on and move your feet.” Doofah sang.
“Come on and swing your tail round to the Yellow Belly beat.” the two sang together.
“I will not dance. Don’t waste your time.
Please just go to sleep. It’s past bedtime.” Topps sang grumpily.
“How would you know if you like it if you’ve never tried?
Keep moving your feet and legs in stride.” Loofah sang.
Surprisingly, Cera joined in, siding with Loofah and Doofah. “Come on move your feet. Come on it’s not so bad.
Come and shake your tail and legs and have some fun dad.” she sang.
Mr. Threehorn stared, mouth open, at his daughter in shock.
“What about you Stubby?” Doofah asked.
“Nope. Don’t….hey!” Doofah had grabbed him and made him dance with her.
“Come on Stubby!” she said.
“I’ll right I’ll dance.
I’ll take a chance.
I’ll swing my feet.
I’ll dance to the Yellow Belly beat.” Stubby sang.
“Come on, come on and dance.
Come on and flap your fuzz.” Littlefoot and Ducky sang.
“Spin a spin.” Chomper sang.
“Grin a grin.” Ruby sang.
“Be happy just because!” Chomper and Ruby both sang.
“Come on, Come on, come on, come on……” Ashla sang.
“Come on. Come on and dance.” they all sang, finishing the song.
“Ok guys. That was fun and all, but I think it’s time we went to sleep.” Mr. Threehorn said.
“I agree. I’m pooped.” Stubby said.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right. I want to get to Berry Valley soon so I can eat lots of berries.” Loofah said.
“Me too!” Doofah said in agreement.
Foobie yawned and lay down and feel asleep. The others soon joined him.
Meanwhile, Tria asked Grandma and Grandpa Longneck “Any sign of Topsy yet?”
“No, nor of the children.” Grandma Longneck replied.
“I believe they may have left together, though to where, I have no idea.” Grandpa Longneck said.
“Well, it’s no good searching for them at night. We should wait until the morning until we go look for them in the Mysterious Beyond.” Tria said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Threehorn, the Yellow Bellies, and the children awoke around sunrise the next morning. Stubby stretched and yawned. “Morning already?”
“’Fraid so.” replied Mr. Threehorn, who wished that he had been allowed to sleep in.
“Well, we might as well get going.” Ashla said.
The others soon got up as well. “We should get a move on if we want to get to Berry Valley before it gets dark.” Loofah said.
“Do you even know how far it is to Berry Valley?” Stubby asked.
“No, but we….” Loofah began.
“Just feel it.” Stubby finished for him, shaking his head.
“Yep.” Doofah replied.
“Well, let’s get a move on. We’ve got to get to Berry Valley before it gets dark…or before we run into any other trouble.” Stubby said.
Meanwhile, the Sharpteeth Red Claw, Screech, and Thud caught a whiff of the scent of Yellow Belly. They didn’t just smell Yellow Belly; they also smelled Chomper, Ruby, and Littlefoot and his friends. They also smelled the Threehorn that had fought them when they had tried to sneak in through the Hidden Canyon the time that the children had depleted the supply of Tree Sweets which had kept them away. Normally, the three of them considered Yellow Bellies too fattening for consumption and thus junk food. However, as they were consorting with Chomper, Ruby, and their enemies from the Great Valley, they decided that they would kill and eat them along with the others.
Meanwhile, Littlefoot and his friends and the Yellow Bellies continued on toward Berry Valley. “Are we almost there yet?” Ashla asked.
“Not sure.” Doofah replied.
Foobie squinted and saw the entrance to Berry Valley in the distance. “SQUAH! SQUAH! SQUAH!” he squawked, hopping up and down and pointing excitedly.
“What is it Foobie?” Loofah asked.
“SQUAH! SQUAH! SQUAH!” Foobie continued to hop up and down and point.
Doofah squinted and saw Berry Valley. “Oh look, it’s Berry Valley!” she cried excitedly.
“Finally!” Stubby cried.
“Let’s hurry up and get there before we run into any trouble.”
“Like what kind of trouble?” Loofah asked.
ROOOOAR! Red Claw, Screech, and Thud came into sight.
“Like that!” Cera cried in alarm.
“Go to Berry Valley. I’ll hold these three off!” Topps barked.
“You can’t possibly take all three by yourself Mr. Threehorn!” Littlefoot argued.
“How are you guys going to take them?” he asked.
“We’ll think of something.”
The three Sharpteeth moved toward the children and the Yellow Bellies. “What are we going to do?” Stubby asked Littlefoot.
“I have an idea.” the Longneck replied.
“What?” Ashla asked.
“We defeated some Hookthumb Sharpteeth about two cold times ago by bouncing. Perhaps we can do something similar to defeat Red Claw.”
“Bouncing?” Stubby asked, raising an eyebrow.
“Are you nuts?” Ashla asked, questioning his sanity.
“No. But we can’t do it down here. We’ll need to get higher up. I have an idea.”
Red Claw, Screech, and Thud moved toward Mr. Threehorn, the other children, and Loofah and Doofah. Littlefoot swatted a rock at Red Claw with his tail; it hit the Sharptooth in the shoulder. The Sharptooth and his minions turned away from the others and began to chase after Littlefoot, Stubby, and Ashla.
“Littlefoot, what are you doing?” Cera asked.
“Trust me. I have a plan.”
“I hope it’s a good one.”
As Screech, Thud, and Red Claw began to climb up toward them. Littlefoot waited till the Sharpteeth got near. If he went too soon, the Sharpteeth could sidestep the trap and would be able to continue on and finish them off.
When Red Claw, Screech, and Thud were near enough for the plan to work, Littlefoot yelled “Now!” Littlefoot, Stubby, and Ashla began to bounce up and down. Red Claw, Screech, and Thud paused and stared at them, no doubt questioning their sanity and wondering what they were up to. Too late, the Longneck’s scheme became apparent as a large pile of rocks from above, knocked loose by all of the bouncing, came falling down. It collided with Red Claw, Screech, and Thud and sent them back several feet to the bottom. They hadn’t fallen far and so weren’t killed or seriously injured. However, they were trapped by a bunch of rocks which, though it wouldn’t hold them forever, would certainly hold them long enough for the group to get away.
“Nice going Littlefoot!” Mr. Threehorn said.
“Nah nah!” Cera laughed, sticking her tongue out at Red Claw, Screech, and Thud.
The three Sharpteeth snarled angrily, thrashing about and trying to get free from the rocks at get at her. The group didn’t waste any time in leaving. They soon arrived at Berry Valley.
“Thanks for the help guys.” Ashla and Stubby said.
“No problem.” Littlefoot replied.
“See you around sometime. You’re beautiful!” Doofah said to them all.
“Gee. Nobody but Tria and my first wife Cerata has ever called me beautiful before.” Topps said, taken aback.
Loofah, Doofah, Foobie, Ashla, and Stubby waved goodbye for a bit before heading into Berry Valley. The kids wanted to go in for a bit, but Mr. Threehorn spoke against it. “I don’t know if I can handle being around a whole herd of those weirdos.” he said.
“Oh come on daddy!” Cera whined.
“Besides, we’ve been gone long enough. They’re probably worried about us.” Mr. Threehorn quickly added.
They couldn’t argue with that, so they all headed back and arrived safe and sound back at the Great Valley, having gone on a great adventure with the Yellow Bellies.
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