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8. H dedli popi fIld

Qr litl pyrti v crAvalarz awEkand H nekst mYrnN rifreSd n fUl v hOp, n dYraTi brekfastd lFk a prinses of pIcz n plamz fram H crIz bisFd H rivar. bihFnd Hem waz H dyrk fYrist HE hAd pAsd sEfli TrM, YlTO HE hAd safard meni diskariJmants; bat bifYr Hem waz a lavli, sani kancri Ht sImd t bekan Hem on t H emarald siti.

t b Sar, H brod rivar nQ kat Hem of fram Hs bjMtifal lAnd. bat H rAft waz nIrli dan, n Aftar H tin wUdmAn hAd kat a fjM mYr logz n fAstand Hem tageHar wiT wUdan pinz, HE war redi t styrt. dYraTi sAt dQn in H midl v H rAft n held tOtO in har yrmz. wen H kQwardli lFan stepd apon H rAft i tipd bAdli, f hI waz big n hevi; bat H skErkrO n H tin wUdmAn stUd apon H aHar end t stedi i, n HE hAd loN pOlz in HEr hAndz t pUS H rAft TrM H wotar.

HE got aloN kwFt wel At farst, bat wen HE rIcd H midl v H rivar H swift karant swept H rAft dQnscrIm, fyrHar n fyrHar awE fram H rOf v jelO brik. n H wotar grM sO dIp Ht H loN pOlz wUd not tac H botam.

"Hs z bAd," sed H tin wUdmAn, "f i wI kn not get t H lAnd wI SAl b kErId intM H kancrI v H wikid wic v H west, n SI wil encAnt as n mEk as har slEvz."

"n Hn F SUd get nO brEnz," sed H skErkrO.

"n F SUd get nO kariJ," sed H kQwardli lFan.

"n F SUd get nO hyrt," sed H tin wUdmAn.

"n F SUd nevar get bAk t /kAnzas," sed dYraTi.

"wI mast sartanli get t H emarald siti if wI kn," H skErkrO kntinjMd, n h pUSd sO hyrd on hiz loN pOl Ht i stak fAst in H mad At H botam v H rivar. Hn, bifYr hI kUd pUl i Qt agen -- Yr let gO -- H rAft waz swept awE, n H pYr skErkrO waz left kliNN t H pOl in H midl v H rivar.

"gUd-bF!" hI kYld Aftar Hm, n HE war vEri syri t lIv him. indId, H tin wUdmAn bigAn t krF, bat fYrcanatli rimembard Ht hI mFt rast, n sO JrFd hiz tIrz on dYraTi'z Epran.

v kYrs Hs waz a bAd TiN f H skErkrO.

"F Am nQ wars of Hn wen F farst met dYraTi," hI TYt. "Hn, F waz stak on a pOl in a kYrnfIld, wEr F kUd mEk-bilIv skEr H krOz, At eni rEt. bat Sarli HEr z nO jMz f a skErkrO stak on a pOl in H midl v a rivar. F Am afrEd F SAl nevar hAv eni brEnz, Aftar Yl!"

dQn H scrIm H rAft flOtd, n H pYr skErkrO waz left fyr bihFnd. Hn H lFan sed:

"samTiN mast b dan t sEv as. F TiNk F kn swim t H SYr n pUl H rAft Aftar mI, if jM wil Onli hOld fAst t H tip v mF tEl."

sO hI sprAN intM H wotar, n H tin wUdmAn kYt fAst hOld v hiz tEl. Hn H lFan bigAn t swim wiT Yl hiz mFt tYrd H SYr. i waz hyrd wark, YlHO hI waz sO big; bat bF n bF HE war JrYn Qt v H karant, n Hn dYraTi tUk H tin wUdmAn'z loN pOl n helpd pUS H rAft t H lAnd.

HE war Yl tFrd Qt wen HE rIcd H SYr At lAst n stepd of apon H priti grIn grAs, n HE YlsO nM Ht H scrIm hAd kErId Hem a loN wE pAst H rOd v jelO brik Ht led t H emarald siti.

"wat SAl wI d nQ?" Askd H tin wUdmAn, Az H lFan lE dQn on H grAs t let H san JrF him.

"wI mast get bAk t H rOd, in sam wE," sed dYraTi.

"H best plAn wil b t wYk aloN H rivarbANk antil wI kam t H rOd agen," rimyrkd H lFan.

sO, wen HE war restd, dYraTi pikd ap har bAskit n HE styrtd aloN H grAsi bANk, t H rOd fram wic H rivar hAd kErId Hem. i waz a lavli kancri, wiT plenti v flQrz n frMt crIz n sanSFn t cIr Hem, n hAd HE not felt sO syri f H pYr skErkrO, HE kUd hAv bin vEri hApi.

HE wYkd aloN Az fAst Az HE kUd, dYraTi Onli stopN wans t pik a bjMtifal flQr; n Aftar a tFm H tin wUdmAn krFd Qt: "lUk!"

Hn HE Yl lUkd At H rivar n sY H skErkrO parcd apon hiz pOl in H midl v H wotar, lUkN vEri lOnli n sAd.

"wat kn wI d t sEv him?" Askd dYraTi.

H lFan n H wUdmAn bOT SUk HEr hedz, f HE did not nO. sO HE sAt dQn apon H bANk n gEzd wistfali At H skErkrO antil a stYrk flM bF, hM, apon sIiN Hem, stopd t rest At H wotar'z eJ.

"hM r jM n wEr r jM gOiN?" Askd H stYrk.

"F Am dYraTi," Ansard H garl, "n HIz r mF frendz, H tin wUdmAn n H kQwardli lFan; n wI r gOiN t H emarald siti."

"Hs izn't H rOd," sed H stYrk, Az SI twistd har loN nek n lUkd Syrpli At H kwIr pyrti.

"F nO i," ritarnd dYraTi, "bat wI hAv lost H skErkrO, n r wandarN hQ wI SAl get him agen."

"wEr z hI?" Askd H stYrk.

"Ovar HEr in H rivar," Ansard H litl garl.

"if hI wazn't sO big n hevi F wUd get him f jM," rimyrkd H stYrk.

"hI izn't hevi a bit," sed dYraTi Igarli, "f hI z stafd wiT scrY; n if jM wil briN him bAk t as, wI SAl TANk jM evar n evar sO mac."

"wel, F'l crF," sed H stYrk, "bat if F fFnd hI z tM hevi t kEri F SAl hAv t Jrop him in H rivar agen."

sO H big bard flM intM H Er n Ovar H wotar til SI kEm t wEr H skErkrO waz parcd apon H pOl. Hn H stYrk wiT har grEt klYz grAbd H skErkrO bF H yrm n kErId him ap intM H Er n bAk t H bANk, wEr dYraTi n H lFan n H tin wUdmAn n tOtO war sitN.

wen H skErkrO fQnd himself amaN hiz frendz agen, hI waz sO hApi Ht hI hagd Hem Yl, Ivan H lFan n ToTo; n Az HE wYkd aloN hI sAN "tOl-de-rI-dE-O!" At evri step, hI felt sO gE.

"F waz afrEd F SUd hAv t stE in H rivar fYrevar," hI sed, "bat H kFnd stYrk sEvd mI, n if F evar get enI brEnz F SAl fFnd H stYrk agen n d har sam kFndnis in ritarn."

"Ht'z Yl rFt," sed H stYrk, hM waz flFiN aloN bisFd Hem. "F YlwEz lFk t help enIwan in crabl. bat F mast gO nQ, f mF bEbIz r wEtN in H nest f mI. F hOp jM wil fFnd H emarald siti n Ht /oz wil help jM."

"TANk jM," riplFd dYraTi, n Hn H kFnd stYrk flM intM H Er n waz sMn Qt v sFt.

HE wYkd aloN lisanN t H siNN v H brFtli kalard bardz n lUkN At H lavli flQrz wic nQ bikEm sO Tik Ht H grQnd waz kyrpetd wiT Hem. HEr war big jelO n wFt n blM n parpl blosamz, bisFdz grEt klastarz v skyrlit popIz, wic war sO briljant in kalar HE YlmOst dAzld dYraTi'z Fz.

"yrn't HE bjMtifal?" H garl Askd, Az SI brIHd in H spFsi sent v H brFt flQrz.

"F sapOz sO," Ansard H skErkrO. "wen F hAv brEnz, F SAl probabli lFk Hem betar."

"if F Onli hAd a hyrt, F SUd lav Hem," Add H tin wUdmAn.

"F YlwEz did lFk flQrz," sed H lFan. "HE sIm sO helplis n frEl. bat HEr r nan in H fYrist sO brFt Az HIz."

HE nQ kEm apon mYr n mYr v H big skyrlit popIz, n fjMr n fjMr v H aHar flQrz; n sMn HE fQnd Hemselvz in H midst v a grEt medO v popIz. nQ i z wel nOn Ht wen HEr r meni v HIz flQrz tageHar HEr Odar z sO pQrfal Ht enIwan hM brIHz i fYlz aslIp, n if H slIpar z not kErId awE fram H sent v H flQrz, hI slIps on n on fYrevar. bat dYraTi did not nO Hs, nYr kUd SI get awE fram H brFt red flQrz Ht war evrIwEr abQt; sO prezantli har Fz grM hevi n SI felt SI mast sit dQn t rest n t slIp.

bat H tin wUdmAn wUd not let har d Hs.

"wI mast hari n get bAk t H rOd v jelO brik bifYr dyrk," hI sed; n H skErkrO agrId wiT him. sO HE kept wYkN antil dYraTi kUd stAnd nO loNgar. har Fz klOzd in spFt v harself n SI fYrgot wEr SI waz n fel amoN H popIz, fAst aslIp.

"wat SAl wI d?" Askd H tin wUdmAn.

"if wI lIv har hIr SI wil dF," sed H lFan. "H smel v H flQrz z kilN as Yl. F mFself kn skErsli kIp mF Fz Opan, n H dog z aslIp Ylredi."

i waz crM; tOtO hAd folan dQn bisFd hiz litl miscris. bat H skErkrO n H tin wUdmAn, not bIiN mEd v fleS, war not crabld bF H sent v H flQrz.

"ran fAst," sed H skErkrO t H lFan, "n get Qt v Hs dedli flQr bed Az sMn Az jM kn. wI wil briN H litl garl wiT as, bat if jM SUd fYl aslIp jM r tM big t b kErId."

sO H lFan arQzd himself n bQndd fYrward Az fAst Az hI kUd gO. in a mOmant hI waz Qt v sFt.

"let as mEk a cEr wiT Qr hAndz n kEri har," sed H skErkrO. sO HE pikd ap tOtO n pat H dog in dYraTi'z lAp, n Hn HE mEd a cEr wiT HEr hAndz f H sIt n HEr yrmz f H yrmz n kErId H slIpN garl bitwIn Hem TrM H flQrz.

on n on HE wYkd, n i sImd Ht H grEt kyrpit v dedli flQrz Ht sarQndd Hem wUd nevar end. HE folOd H bend v H rivar, n At lAst kEm apon HEr frend H lFan, lFiN fAst aslIp amoN H popIz. H flQrz hAd bin tM scroN f H hjMJ bIst n hI hAd givan ap At lAst, n fYlan Onli a SYrt distans fram H end v H popi bed, wEr H swIt grAs spred in bjMtifal grIn fIldz bifYr Hem.

"wI kn d naTiN f him," sed H tin wUdmAn, sAdli; "f hI z mac tM hevi t lift. wI mast lIv him hIr t slIp on fYrevar, n parhAps hI wil JrIm Ht hI hAz fQnd kariJ At lAst."

"F'm syri," sed H skErkrO. "H lFan waz a vEri gUd komrAd f wan sO kQwardli. bat let as gO on."

HE kErId H slIpN garl t a priti spot bisFd H rivar, fyr Inaf fram H popi fIld t privent har brIHN eni mYr v H pqzan v H flQrz, n hIr HE lEd har Jentli on H soft grAs n wEtd f H freS brIz t wEkan har.

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