Let’s get back to the story of tiny tinker Mike Finnegan! In the last installment, Mike had left Kimberly’s home to find a she tinker of his own to love. Let’s see what happens next!
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Within the safety of the dense boxwood hedge the field mouse bounced down from branch to branch until she stood face to face with Mike. She wore a red checkered scarf around her neck and carried a handbag fashioned from woven grass.
“You’re new here, aren’t you?” she asked in a squeaky high voice.
Mike leaned on his cane. “I wouldn’t say new, but it has been awhile.” He cocked his head towards Big Tom who had resumed lounging on the sidewalk. “I don’t remember there ever being cats here.”
“You must have been gone a long time then. The cats came when my great grand dad was a boy. Since then us smaller creatures have had to be very careful, especially out on the paths.” She shrugged her scarf tighter around her shoulders. “You’re very lucky, I thought Big Tom had you for sure.” She reached out a tiny paw. “I’m Tilly Fieldmouse.”
Mike took the paw between two fingers. “It’s a pleasure to meet you. They call me Mike, Mike Finnegan.”
“Well Mike Finnegan, it’s good I found you before any other cat did. In this place it’s good to have a friend.”
“You’re absolutely right m’dear.” He tapped his cane on the ground. “If it weren’t for this I’d be his lunch for sure.”
Tilly jumped to the ground and sniffed at the cane, whiskers vibrating in the air. “I don’t mean to be rude, but what exactly are you?”
“Careful little miss, once mustn’t touch a tinker’s cane. There’s no telling what might happen.”
Tilly jumped back and wrung her tail between her paws. “I’m sorry, I’ve never met a tinker before.
Mike sat down on moss covered rock and set his pack against his leg. He drew out a pipe and stuck it between his teeth. Holding the pipe was a comfort and made thinking easier. He took a deep pull and held the smoke in his mouth a while before puffing it out. “Never? Are you quite sure?”
She blushed and lowered her eyes. “I’d think I’d remember meeting a tinker.”
He took another pull on the pipe. “My dear Tilly, I’ve come to the park to seek out a she tinker, so you see there must be one here somewhere. Have you visited the rose gardens or the arbors along the pathway?”
“Well, no. We field mice tend to stick to our part of the park. It isn’t safe to venture out into the unknown.” She twisted her tail again.
“No need to be troubled. Is there anyone you know that has visited the rose gardens? I’d like to speak to them.”
Tilly’s ear perked up and a smile spread across her face. “Why yes, you will want to speak to Benjamin, he’s a bluejay. He knows everything about the park, I’m sure he will be able to help you.”
“That’s terrific, where can I find him?”
“He lives in the top of the old crab apple tree at the end of the hedge, it’s not far.” I’ll show you the way.
To be continued…
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