Hollow – The Monksville Chronicles #83

Thunderclaps are the beats of Nudderbudder’s heart as he watches Buggaboo take flight from their tree hollow. The flying squirrel’s words were fierce and raw, truly, but the ‘Budder spared an equal lack of dignity in his own; it takes two to tango, as they say, and devils dance beneath only the palest moonlight. Very well; the race for The Crater is on then, and Buggaboo got a head start.

The great shine slips merrily past the horizon and the moon wastes no time being bright, yet the hollow is dark. It’s too big for a single denizen to occupy, far too spacious to reliably preserve body heat when the night grows cold. Up until now the unlikely pair of rodents would huddle together and Nudderbudder would curl his fluffy tail into something of an igloo around the smaller and thus frailer Buggaboo; they’d keep one another warm, and though it hasn’t been particularly necessary since summer came it worked a treat through the cool early days of spring… but Buggaboo is gone now. Nudderbudder is all alone in their massive tree hollow. He cannot stay here by himself, the frigid nights of winter will freeze him solid if the autumn night chills don’t do him in first… but all that is a long way off yet. There is still tomorrow when the great shine will blaze on with its loving fury and the waters of the mighty Monksville shall remain heated warm to the touch. Yes, tomorrow Nudderbudder shall make his leg of the great race and reunite with the flying squirrel at The Crater and together they shall find a hollow hidden from the starved gaze of the pair eagles who hold perch there. Yes, all that and more tomorrow; tonight, Nudderbudder will sleep.

The tides churn lazily, basked in the dim glow of the full moon swimming in the starpool. Mother Monksville dozes in tranquility and peace on this, the crescent moon valley’s final pleasant summer’s eve’.


This has been the first subchapter of the last chapter of the book The Monksville Chronicles. Here is everything you need to know about it:

The Monksville Chronicles

I’ve written a few other books, too. Even fixed the link. Click here to see the list.

If you’re there, hypothetical reader, thank you for being there. From this day on, we move forever forward~

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