It was a hot summer day. Trickster Bunny was in the den with his parents and his ten sisters.
“That is my hair ribbon,” yelled his one sister. “Mommy got me that for my birthday.”
“No,” said another of his sisters. “That one is mine and if you remember Mommy bought us all matching ribbons for our birthday, since we all have the same birthday.”
“That’s it!” exclaimed Trickster. “I have had enough of your arguing. I am going outside to play.”
“Be careful out there,” said Mommy. “It is very hot outside.”
“I will,” said Trickster.
Trickster went outside and as soon as he did, he knew that it was a mistake. It was the hottest he had ever seen. He felt like he was going to melt.
“I could go back inside,” said Trickster to himself. “But I don’t want to listen to my sisters. I don’t know why they have to argue about the stupidest things.”
Trickster decided he would walk over to the river. He thought that maybe he would dip his paws in the river and cool them down.
It was very hot walking through the forest and Trickster’s paws were pretty warm when he got to the river. He went over to the water and took a nice long drink. Then he noticed his friend, Fred Fox.
“Fred!” called Trickster.
Fred looked up and saw that Trickster was standing too close to the edge of the river.
“Trickster!” yelled Fred. “You are much too close to the water. I thought bunnies didn’t like water.”
“We don’t normally,” said Trickster. “But it is so hot out today.”
“Yes,” said Fred. “It is very hot.”
Trickster kept inching into the water. The cool water felt so good on his paws.
“I wouldn’t go in any deeper,” said Fred. “The river is flowing pretty quickly.”
“I can swim,” said Trickster, trying to trick his friend.
“Since when?” asked Fred. “I have never seen you swim.”
“Since now,” said Trickster.
Trickster inched into the water just a little too far and the river started to carry him away.
“Wow!” exclaimed Fred. “You really can swim.”
Trickster was being carried away by the fast flowing water. Fred noticed that his friend was not swimming and that he was in trouble. Fred jumped in after him and he reached over and picked Trickster up in his mouth. He carefully got Trickster out of the water and laid him down on the sand at the river bank.
“I thought you said you could swim,” said Fred.
“I was just trying to trick you,” said Trickster, shaking the water off himself.
“When will you learn that your tricks can be harmful?” asked Fred. “This time your trick was harmful to yourself.”
“Yes,” said Trickster, thinking about what he just did. “I guess I am going to have to be more careful.”
“Definitely,” said Fred. “You could have killed yourself.”
“I don’t think I will be playing any more tricks around water,” said Trickster.