Chapter 6. If a Tree Falls in the Forest...


Two days passed, and all was not well at Home. Tension hung like heavy fog. The sweet morning songs were muted, and most of the birds remained confined to their trees.

In the owl’s tree, Clark and Crystal pored over the Council meeting minutes, intensely discussing various hypotheses and options. Meanwhile, the doves gathered in small groups but didn’t discuss the fallen tree, as they didn’t want to escalate the situation into a full-blown crisis. That wouldn’t serve anyone.

The parrots, by contrast, remained hopeful and upbeat. They tried to deflect the increasing tension with humor, which only put ...

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