Excerpt from Book 4

Book Four: Daniel’s Prayer Excerpt By H. Erin Nelson

The church bells chimed outside at Pine Woods Chapel. The service had begun. Percy Porcupine sat quietly with Mother, Father, Spike and Prickles on a wooden bench inside the quaint little burrow called Pine Hollow Church, listening intently to Pastor Sharp. He finished speaking for the moment while Mrs. Briar, the choir director, stood up and made her way to the front. Percy glanced back and smiled as he spotted his friend Thorn a few rows back sitting with his parents and two little brothers. The young Sunday school porcupines were dismissed and the music performed by the choir of crickets and forest birds began to play:

All things bright and beautiful,

all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,

the Lord God made them all.

In the far corner toward the back, a group of church mice gathered outside of a small hole to listen. Percy’s friend, Missy Mouse, was among them. Percy got up and walked his sister and brother to Sunday school in a nearby hollow tree, leaving them in the capable hands of Miss Spiny, who was gathering her books and some parchment paper ready to teach. As Percy turned to leave, Thorn arrived and Percy waited for him as he walked his brothers inside. As Percy and Thorn walked back to the service together, they talked about how much fun they had during summer vacation.

“Remember when you used to call me Slivers?” Percy laughed.

“That was before I followed you and Missy Mouse inside the Bible and to the battlefield where David fought Goliath.” Thorn commented.

“You sure learned a lot on that trip,” Percy said.

“That’s why I’m here at church,” Thorn smiled. “When can we go on another adventure?”

“Let me think about it for a while,” Percy replied. “First, I have to decide on a story to

choose.”

“I’ll be thinking of one, too,” Thorn said, and the two walked back inside.

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