The Clockwork Sitters II

Once Joelle finished building her nest, she exited the woodshed and saw her new gentleman friend sunning himself on a log. He was so polite that he seemed almost sorry to let Joelle go home for the night. He promised to take great care of her nest until she came back again next day. The bushy-tailed gentleman said he loved eggs and quail, and expressed how proud he would be to see such a fine nestful in his woodshed.

Joelle came every afternoon and laid a total of nine eggs in the nest. They were a warm tan color with brown speckling. Her gentleman friend admired them immensely. He took to turning them over and counting them when Joelle was not there.

At last Joelle told him that she intended to begin to sit the next day. Her gentleman friend announced his delight and insisted that they celebrate with a feast before she started. He asked her to collect some chives, thyme, and parsley from the witch’s garden and assured her that he would arrange the rest of the dinner himself. Joelle eagerly agreed and returned back to the cottage. She went round the garden, nibbling off snippets of all the different sorts of herbs that are used for stuffing roast quail…

The Clockwork Sitters II

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