Gussie (A Little Mouse Tale) by goldie ()
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Gussie, standing at the entrance to his family's abandoned old homestead, is feeling a deep sense of alarm. It was only last night that he sought refuge here, since the town's mean and vicious cat, Hank, had been harassing the town's mice, almost ensnaring Gussie in his lethal paws just last night. Gussie had enough. So, he high tailed it to the hills for safety's sake and for some peace and quiet.
But now he's heard something rustling in the bushes near his tree and feared that Hank had picked up his scent and would finally do him in. Frozen with fear, he waited by the tree's opening, expecting, at any moment, he would see Hank lunging for him. There was that sound gain, but it wasn't Hank--only Mr. Rabbit enjoying his morning meal.
Much relieved, Gussie went inside the tree to continue with his nap in his most comfy nest that he created last night high in the tree's hollow.
Thanks for the view and for your greatly appreciated comments.
Image Comments (14)
Jean_C () 4:08AM | Sat, 22 May 2021
A very lovely tale and a wonderful illustration, great work, Barbara! Have an excellent week-end, my friend!
STEVIEUKWONDER () 6:51AM | Sat, 22 May 2021
Such an inspiring storyline and your Subject is top of the tree! (in more ways than one) Lovely work Barbara!
miwi () 11:27AM | Sat, 22 May 2021
Beautiful image,wonderfully done and a fantastic little story,i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
linwhite () Online Now! 1:18PM | Sat, 22 May 2021
This is so adorable....what an expressive face “Gussie” has. I love his tiny lantern.
RRun () 3:36PM | Sat, 22 May 2021
Nice story well illustrated, guess we will see a good number of mice around (2 in my gallery so far).
eekdog () Online Now! 3:57PM | Sat, 22 May 2021
time for the pound for Hank. love the worried look on Gussie. a charming piece of work Barb.
RodS () Online Now! 6:41PM | Sat, 22 May 2021
This is so delightful, Barb! Poor little dude.... I suspect he may have a future in the restaurant industry.... 😉
bakapo () 10:06PM | Sat, 22 May 2021
Oh, he's so cute! His startled and worried expression is so perfect. I really like his lamp, too. This is charming and the story was sweet with a happy ending.
dragongirl () 12:23AM | Sun, 23 May 2021
When a city mouse becomes a country mouse - adventures ensue. I am glad he is safe. 🥰
anahata.c () 5:07AM | Sun, 23 May 2021
A genuinely positive tale, as natural as it is positive, and a delight. Anyone who's gone to the country after living in a huge city/town, for a long time, is in for a shock. I guess Gussie---or Gus---found that out soon enough. Happy it was just a hungry rabbit who has no animosity to Gussie. Your image is out of a book of enchanted folktales, love the lantern (w/ barb) and the shrooms and sweet sky, the birds, the hanging leaves (a willow?), etc. Delightful, and I love that you're doing small tales. (It would be great if his comfy nest were a 6 room condo w/ ceiling high windows and walk-in closets.) A scrumptious pastry.