TITLE: Rules of Rodentia
GENRE: MG Fantasy
The forest is extra scary when you’re one inch tall. That’s why Tobin has studied the Rules of Rodentia since the day he sprouted fur. Now to save his family, he'll venture deeper into the woods than any mouse before, with the help of the Rules and an unlikely serpent ally guiding the way.
Crouched in perfect stillness beneath a toadstool, Tobin recalled his training. He knew the Rules like the back of his paw. It was no accident he was top Seed-finder for junior mice two seasons in a row. So traveling this familiar patch of forest was simple as scratching a flea.
Tobin concentrated on the final leg of his journey home. The Great Burrow loomed just ahead. Shaped like a giant tortoise shell, the burrow possessed dozens of hidden entrances. It was very important to use different paths and different entrances back inside.
Rule #7- A predictable path provides easy pickings for a predator.
Tobin spied a route he hadn’t taken in a while.
Next, his mind ticked through the age-old checklist taught to all young mice, the second-most important rule in all of Rodentia:
Rule #2- Always survey your surroundings before setting a paw in the open.
Scan for hawks.
Done. Clear skies.
Scan for ground predators.
No trembling grass. The smells in the air are safe; clover and honeysuckle.
The muscles in his hind legs twitched.
Tobin burst from beneath the toadstool, darting a zig, then zag— enough to throw off a pouncing bobcat or swooping bird. With a giant leap he dived inside the safe confines of the Great Burrow.
He blinked, waiting for his eyes to adjust to the dark tunnels. Only then did he tread home on slow paws. Nothing but chaos waited at his family’s den. Well, nothing but chaosand a new sibling.