‘Babe! Babe!’ quacks Ferdinand the duck, ‘it’s a catastrophe, it’s apocalyptic, it’s indescribable.’ The sight of Ferdinand, more frantic than usual, greets babe as soon as he gets home into the farmyard.
‘Calm down, Ferdinand. Tell me what happened,’ says the little sheep pig. But Ferdinand is beyond calm and he flaps his wings wildly as he runs around in circles.
‘It’s Rooster,’ says a deep gruff voice. Babe looks round to see Rex the male sheepdog (and Fly’s mate) pad up to him. ‘He was taken when you were away. If I wasn’t so deaf, I would have heard them and stopped them,’ Rex growls, his anger directed partly at the Rooster thieves and partly to his disability. ‘Don’t blame yourself, Rex,’ comes the slow, rumbling voice of Horse. ‘None of us heard them.’
‘But that is not the worst of it,’ screams Ferdinand. He tugs at something with his bill. Babe trots up to see and he gasps in horror. It is a newspaper, and on it is a picture of a group of ugly, fat men with faces twisted in hate. But that’s not what shocks Babe. The thing that so horrifies the piglet is the image at the feet of the ugly men; it is the mangled body of Rooster, his blood smeared all over a banner.
‘How could they do such a thing,’ says Fly, ‘to kill an animal for no reason. The beasts.’
By this time Ferdinand is several levels past hysterical. He flaps around screeching that they may be back to take and kill more animals. ‘Stop it, Ferdinand,’ shouts Babe. ‘They won’t get you, I promise. I’ll stay with you all night. We’ll get them.’
Babe kindly nuzzles Ferdinand with his snout. If only he felt as confident as he sounded.
– An excerpt from ‘Babe III: The Pig Detective’ by Azmi Sharom. Read the full story in the March issue of The B-Side, coming soon!
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