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Author: Lindsey Phillips
Title: The Worm and the Cheese
Type of Work: short story
Source: CMv1 #17

© Copyright 2002 Lindsey Phillips

Mīcī and Ūnse gazed out of their hole in the wall.

"I smell cheese," Ūnse exclaimed, sniffing the air, "I will go and get it, and eat a fine supper for myself!"

"I would be careful if I were you," Mīcī warned, "That cheese isn't for you." But Ūnse was too hungry and greedy to listen.

"Remember, dear Mīcī, the early bird gets the worm!" and with that he scampered off.

But as he grabbed hold of the cheese the wire of a mousetrap snapped over clever Ūnse, killing him instantly.

Mīcī crawled cautiously to where her friend lay, and took the cheese to bring to her family.

Moral: The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese