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They started discussing different things that they could do for the day. Smoky said, “I heard that deep in the woods behind the park, there lives a snake called the Stone- Eyed Snake. When someone looks at him in the eyes, they turn to stone! Do you really think that snake could turn someone into stone?”
Stinky replied, “I don’t know but I don’t want to find out.” At the same time, Purpee said excitedly, “Let’s go find the snake and see if it is true!” All of them jumped up and down in agreement except for Stinky who was nervous about looking for the snake. They packed a backpack with some search tools and snacks and headed on their way to the woods behind the park.
When they arrived at the park there were tons of kids playing there, but Purpee and his friends continued on to the woods behind the park. Sunny pointed and said, “Look, there are three trails just behind the pond. Which path should we follow to find the Stone-Eyed Snake?” Pepper replied “Let’s split up into two groups so we could try two different paths.”
Purpee, Shelly, and Stinky took the trail on the left, while Sunny, Smoky, and Pepper followed the trail on the right.
Shelly asked, “Where do snakes live?” Purpee answered, “In school, we learned that snakes usually live in rivers, caves, holes, or just in the grass.”
Just as Purpee finished talking, Shelly said, “Look, I see a hole in the ground. Let’s check it out.”
Purpee got down on his hands and knees to check out the hole but it was too dark and he couldn’t see anything. “Stinky, hand me the flashlight in the backpack.” Once again, Purpee crawled into the hole as far as he could fit and turned the flashlight on, looking for the snake. All of a sudden, he heard a growl.