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6. H kQwardli lFan

Yl Hs tFm dYraTi n har kmpAnjamz hAd bin wYkN TrM H Tik wUdz. H rOd waz stil pEvd wiT jelO brik, bat HIz war mac kavard bF JrFd brAncz n ded lIvz fram H crIz, n H wYkN waz not At Yl gUd.

HEr war fjM bardz in Hs pyrt v H fYrist, f H bardz lav H Opan kancri wEr HEr z plenti v sanSFn. bat nQ n Hn HEr kEm a dIp grQl fram sam wFld Anaml hidan amaN H crIz. HIz sQndz mEd H litl garl'z hyrt bIt fAst, f SI did not nO wat mEd Hem; bat tOtO nM, n hI wYkd klOs t dyraTi'z sFd, n did not Ivan byrk in ritarn.

"hQ loN wil i b?" H cFld Askd v H tin wUdmAn, "bifYr wI r Qt v H fYrist?"

"F kn not tel," waz H Ansar, "f F hAv nevar bin t H emarald siti. bat mF fYHar went HEr wans, wen F waz a bq, n hI sed i waz a loN Jarni TrM a dEnJaras kancri, YlHO nIrar t H siti wEr /oz dwelz H kancri z bjMtifal. bat F Am not afrEd sO loN Az F hAv mF ql-kAn, n noTiN kn hart H skErkrO, wFl jM bEr apon jYr fYrhed H myrk v H gUd wic'z kis, n Ht wil pratekt jM fram hyrm."

"bat tOtO!" sed H garl ANkSasli. "wat wil pratekt him?"

"wI mast pratekt him Qrselvz if hI z in dEnJar," riplFd H tin wUdmAn.

Jast Az hI spOk HEr kEm fram H fYrist a tErabl rYr, n H nekst mOmant a grEt lFan bQndd intM H rOd. wiT wan blO v hiz pY hI sent H skErkrO spinN Ovar n Ovar t H eJ v H rOd, n Hn scrak At H tin wUdmAn wiT hiz Syrp klYz. bat, t H lFan'z sarprFz, hI mEd nO impreSn n H tin, YlTO H wUdmAn fel Ovar in H rOd n lE stil.

litl tOtO, nQ Ht hI hAd an enami t fEs, rAn byrkN tOward H lFan, n H grEt bIst hAd Opand hiz mQT t bFt H dog, wen dYraTi, fIrN tOtO wUd b kild, n hIdlis v dEnJar, raSd fYrward n slApd H lFan apon hiz nOz Az hyrd Az SI kUd, wFl SI krFd Qt:

"dOn't jM dyr t bFt tOtO! jM Yt t b aSEmd v jYrself, a big bIst lFk jM, t bFt a pYr litl dog!"

"F didn't bFt him," sed H lFan, Az hI rabd hiz nOz wiT hiz pY wEr dYraTi hAd hit i.

"nO, bat jM crFd t," SI ritYrtd. "jM r naTiN bat a big kQward."

"F nO i," sed H lFan, hANN hiz hed in SEm. "F'v YlwEz nOn i. bat hQ kn F help i?"

"F dOn't nO, F'm Sar. t TiNk v jYr scrFkN a stafd mAn, lFk H pYr skErkrO!"

"z hI stafd?" Askd H lFan in sarprFz, Az hI wocd har pik ap H skErkrO n set him apon hiz fIt, wFl SI pAtd him intM SEp agen.

"v kYrs hI'z stafd," riplFd dYraTi, hM waz stil ANgri.

"Ht's wF hI went dQn sO Izili," rimyrkd H lFan. "i astoniSd mI t sI him warl arQnd sO. z H aHar wan stafd YlsO?"

"nO," sed dYraTi, "hI'z mEd v tin." n SI helpd H wUdmAn ap agen.

"Ht'z wF hI nIrli blantd mF klYz," sed H lFan. "wen HE skrAcd agenst H tin i mEd a kOld Sivar ran dQn mF bAk. wat z Ht litl Animl jM r sO tenar v?"

"hI iz mF dog, tOtO," Ansard dYraTi.

"z hI mEd v tin, Yr stafd?" Askd H lFan.

"nIHar. hI'z a -- a -- a mIt dog," sed H garl.

"O! hI'z a kjarias Animl n sImz rimyrkabli smYl, nQ Ht F lUk At him. nO wan wUd TiNk v bFtN sac a litl TiN, eksept a kQward lFk mI," kntinjMd H lFan sAdli.

"wat mEks jM a kQward?" Askd dYraTi, lUkN At H grEt bIst in wandar, f hI waz Az big Az a smYl hYrs.

"it's a mistari," riplFd H lFan. "F sapOz F waz bYrn Ht wE. Yl H aHar Animlz in H fYrest nAcarali ekspekt mI t b brEv, f H lFan z evarwEr TYt t b H kiN v bIsts. F larnd Ht if H rOrd vEri lQdli evri livN TiN waz frFtand n got Qt v mF wE. wenevar F'v met a mAn F'v bin Yfali skErd; bat F Jast rOrd At him, n hI hAz YlwEz ran awE Az fASt Az hI kUd gO. if H elafants n H tFgarz n H bErz hAd evar crFd t fFt mI, F SUd hAv ran mFself -- F'm sac a kQward; bat Jast Az sMn Az HE hIr mI rOr HE Yl crF t get awE fram mI, n v kYrs F let Hem gO."

"bat Ht izn't rFt. H kiN v bIsts SUdn't b a kQward," sed H skErkrO.

"F nO i," ritarnd H lFan, wFpN a tIr fram hiz F wiT H tip v hiz tEl. "i z mF grEt sYrO, n mEks mF lFf vEri anhApi. bat wenevar HEr z dEnJar, mF hyrt bIginz t bIt fAst."

"parhAps jM hAv hyrt dizIz," sed H tin wUdmAn.

"i mE b," sed H lFan.

"if jM hAv," kntinjMd H tin wUdmAn, "jM Yt t b glAd, f i prMvz jM hAv a hyrt. f mF pyrt, F hAv nO hyrt; sO F kn not hAv hyrt dizIz."

"parhAps," sed H lFan TYtfali, "if F hAd nO hyrt F SUd not b a kQward."

"hAv jM brEnz?" Askd H skErkrO.

"F sapOz sO. F'v nevar lUkd t sI," riplFd H lFan.

"F Am gOiN t H grEt /oz t Ask him t giv mI sam," rimyrkd H skErkrO, "f mF hed z stafd wiT scrY."

"n F Am gOiN t Ask him t giv mI a hyrt," sed H wUdmAn.

"n F Am gOiN t Ask him t send tOtO n mI bAk t /kAnzas," Add dYraTi.

"d jM TiNk /oz kUd giv mI kariJ?" Askd H kQwardli lFan.

"Jast Az Izili Az hI kUd giv mI brEnz," sed H skErkrO.

"Yr giv mI a hyrt," sed H tin wUdmAn.

"Yr send mI bAk t /kAnzas," sed dYraTi.

"Hn, if jM dOn't mFnd, F'l gO wiT jM," sed H lFan, "f mF lFf z simpli anbErabl wiTQt a bit v kariJ.

"jM wil b vEri welcam," Ansard dYraTi, "f jM wil help t kIp awE H aHar wFld bIsts. i sImz t mI HE mast b mYr kQwardli Hn jM r if HE alQ jM t skEr Hem sO Izili."

"HE rIli r," sed H lFan, "bat Ht dazn't mEk mI eni brEvar, n Az loN Az F nO mFself t b a kQward F SAl b anhApi."

sO wans mYr H litl kampani set of apon H Jarni, H lFan wYkN wiT stEtli scrFdz At dYraTi'z sFd. tOtO did not aprMv v Hs nM komrAd At farst, f hI kUd not fYrget hQ nIrli hI hAd bin kraSd bitwIn H lFan'z grEt JYz. bat Aftar a tFm hI bikEm mYr At Iz, n prezantli tOtO n H kQwardli lFan Had grOn t b gUd frendz.

darN H rest v Ht dE HEr waz nO aHar Advencar t myr H pIs v HEr Jarni. wans, indId, H tin wUdmAn stepd apon a bItl Ht waz krYlN aloN H rOd, n kild H pYr litl TiN. Hs mEd H tin wUdmAn vEri anhApi, f hI waz YlwEz kErfal not t hart eni livN krIcar; n Az hI wYkd aloN hI wept sevaral tIrz v syrO n rigret. HIz tIrz rAn slOli dQn hiz fEs n Ovar H hinJz v hiz JY, n HEr HE rastd. wen dYraTi prezantli Askd him a kwescn H tin wUdmAn kUd nat Opan hiz mQT, f hiz JYz war tFtli rastd tageHar. hI bikEm grEtli frFtand At Hs n mEd meni mOSnz t dYraTi t rilIv him, bat SI kUd not andarstAnd. H lFan waz YlsO pazld t nO wat waz roN. bat H skErkrO sIzd H Ql-kAn fram dYraTi'z bAskit n Qld H wUdmAn'z JY, sO Ht Aftar a fjM mOmants hI kUd tYk Az wel Az bifYr.

"Hs wil sarv mI a lesan," sed hI, "t lUk wEr F step. f if F SUd kil anaHar bag Yr bItl F SUd Sarli krF agen, n krFiN rasts mF JYz sO Ht F kn not spIk."

HErAftar hI wYkd vEri kErfali, wiT hiz Fz on H rOd, n wen hI sY a tFni Ant tQlN bF hI wUd step Ovar i, sO Az not t hyrm i. H tin wUdmAn nM vEri wel hI hAd nO hyrt, n HErfYr hI tUk grEt kEr nevar t b krMl Yr ankFnd t enITiN.

"jM pIpl wiT hyrts," hI sed, "hAv samTiN t gFd jM, n nId nevar d roN; bt F hAv nO hyrt, n sO F mast b vEri kErfal. wen /oz givz mI a hyrt v kYrs F nedn't mFnd sO mac."

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