Today was the day. Mel could feel it in his bones. He told Alice as they stood at the fence waiting for their morning hay. The blue sky shimmered even though it was still early morning. From their usual vantage point they could see the man come out of the house below. He paused on the porch to scratch under his arms. Mel snorted and pawed the ground. If today was the day, then he wanted to get on with it.
Alice thought about why they were escaping. The man was kind enough, but he didn't pet them or bring them carrots, like the little boy used to, where they lived before. He just brought them food, hitched them to the plow, and expected them to pull it. He brushed them down in the evening, fed and watered them, and expected to do the same the next morning. Mel thought this was an insult to his intelligence. Besides, he missed the carrots.
Finally the man ambled off to the barn. Mel and Alice trotted over to the gate. After another long wait, the man came out of the barn carrying a hay bale on a pitchfork. He ambled over to the field gate, chuckling at the burros' impatience. "You two sure are in a hurry today." He set down his load and began to open the gate, still chuckling. "Just hold your horses," he said, chortling at his own wit. "Your food is coming."
He opened the gate and turned away to pick up the pitchfork handle again. Mel brayed and charged head down. He caught the man in the midsection and knocked him down. Mel didn't stop but kept on going, running down the hillside. Alice followed, avoiding the man struggling on the ground. They ran together towards the rising sun. Mel brayed, "I knew we could do it! Now for our old home and carrots!"
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