Fifty Words Story: Gratitude

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His stomach growled. Scurrying past a dead tree, he heard moaning. He peered into a large fissure and saw a beautiful hamadryad who reached for him. As their fingertips brushed, she collapsed, turning into a pile of acorns. Sadness gave way to gratitude as the starving squirrel stuffed his cheeks.

 

A hamadryad, according to Greek mythology, is a nymph that lives in the forest. Bonded to a certain tree, the hamadryad dies along with the tree.

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