One Spring day, Littlie came home from school to find that her Mummy had bought her four tiny caterpillars.
Mummy explained that the 'Teeny Weenies' were only borrowed pets, that they were hers to care for until they morphed into Butterflies, and then she would need to set them free.
Littlie looked after the caterpillars very carefully, she fed them special food everyday, and leaves from the garden occasionally, they grew fatter by the day, and Littlie delighted in watching them grow.
When the Caterpillars were fat to bursting they turned into 'Crusties' (chrysalises) and about a week later Littlie woke to find that overnight the 'crusties' had *magically* morphed into four beautiful butterflies.
Littlie fed her butterflies on sugar water for two days, until they were less dozy, and their wings were dry....and then took them to the garden to set them free.
Littlie watched in wonder as three of the butterflies flew out, up, and away, but the last butterfly didn't want to go, he fluttered out onto the grass, he did not fly away.
Littlie giggled ecstatically, and said, "he doesn't want to leave me Mummy, his name is Bert."
Bert walked over to Littlie, and fluttered her finger - Littlie said "Hello."
Bert flew onto Littlie's leg.... Littlie giggled, Mummy giggled, and Bert flapped his wings, but still he did not fly away.
Littlie lifted Bert up, he still did not fly away. Daddy said "Bert must really like you Littlie," and Littlie said, "He does Daddy, he really does, and I really like him too." Littlie was so happy.
Bert flew onto Littlie's chest, he would not fly away. Littlie looked at Bert, Bert looked at Littlie. They shared a moment :o)
Bert flew down onto littlie's shoe, and there he stayed for a very long time. Littlie walked her wobbly walk, but Bert still didn't fly away; and with eyes lit up like a child's eyes should be, Littlie laughed and laughed!
It was time for tea, Mummy picked Bert up gently, and put him on the fence. "Bye bye, Bert, I love you," said Littlie - Bert flapped his wings, whispered, "I love you too Littlie," (T'is true, Mummy heard him!) and flew away.
THE END :o)
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