cried Chicken. "One of my eggs is missing! Yesterday I had twelve
eggs and today there are only eleven."
Chicken fled her nest to find Rooster, she had no idea that she was
about to lose more eggs. Just out of view of the nest, the thief patiently
waited for Chicken to leave her eggs again. Black Snake crept slowly
and quietly up to the nest. He eyed the eggs and quickly swallowed
Snake smiled to himself. His plan had been so simple and had worked
so well. He swallowed another egg. It slid far down his long throat
before his muscles crushed the fragile shell. "I'll be back later
for another delicious egg, Chicken," hissed Black Snake as he
slithered away. "Thank you for another fine meal."
the frantic chicken lead Rooster back to her nest. "Why would
someone take one of my eggs?" she clucked.
you sure you counted correctly? Maybe you just thought you saw eleven
eggs?" suggested Rooster.
the expression on Chicken's face, Rooster knew he shouldn't have asked
that question. She glared at him and said, "You know I can count.
See for yourself. How many eggs are in my nest?"
two, three," began Rooster. He frowned and stopped counting out
the matter now?" questioned Chicken. "Are you afraid
to admit you're wrong?"
it's nothing like that at all," responded Rooster. "Something
is very wrong here. There are only nine eggs."
Nine Eggs!" cried Chicken. "What is happening? Who would
do this to me?"
next few days were just terrible for Chicken. She worried constantly
about her remaining eggs. She tried to stay with her eggs at all times
but it wasn't possible to always be with them. Sometimes she had to
leave to get food or take care of her other chicks. No matter why
she left, the same thing always happened. One or two eggs disappeared
is watching me very closely," cried the chicken. "He knows
exactly where I am at each moment of the day. I only have three remaining
I cannot prove anything," comforted Rooster, "I think it
must be Black Snake who is stealing your eggs. He's patient enough
to watch you a long time, and we all know how he loves to eat eggs."
the thought of Black Snake eating her eggs made Chicken shudder. She
had heard stories of how he swallowed eggs and then crushed them further
down his long slender neck. She knew Rooster was probably correct.
must hurry back to my nest," declared Chicken,
realizing how long she had talked to Rooster. She rushed to her eggs,
but it was too late. Two more eggs had vanished. "Rooster!"
she cried. "Come help me. I only have one egg left."
came quickly. "You know, it is very likely that Black Snake will
steal your last egg tomorrow," he warned. "Unless we are
able to trap him, this will only continue every time you have eggs."
it's true," cried Chicken, "but what can we do? How can
we possibly stop Black Snake?"
have a plan," whispered Rooster. "I think we will not be
bothered by him much longer."
next morning, Chicken continued guarding her last egg as if everything
were normal. From a distance, Black Snake didn't realize that a deadly
trap had been set for him.
left her nest for only the shortest moment when Black Snake slithered
out of hiding. In no time at all, he swallowed the final egg. It slid
down his throat easily. But, when his muscles squeezed the egg, it
did not break. It only became firmly lodged in his throat cutting
off his air supply.
Snake twisted and turned trying to crush the egg or
loosen it so he could breathe. By the time Chicken returned with Rooster,
the struggle was over. Black Snake would steal no more eggs. He was
sure he died never knowing why that egg didn't crush," crowed
could he have known," clucked Chicken, "that the egg was hard