I'm going to tell you a little story about a jerk named Ratty and some poor innocent hungry geese. I would first like to warn you not to do the things that I'm about to tell you about. In any interaction with a wild animal there's always a risk that you could could be attacked. Don't worry though, that will not happen here. The animals in this story are purely innocent victims!
While I was at the viewing platform of the lake at the back of my most frequently visited nature park, I noticed four geese swimming very close by. How could I not notice a thing like that? Well, if you've been reading my stuff for awhile you know how much I love taking pictures of the geese, so you can guess what I did next.
Okay then, I'll tell you anyway. I ran like a madman to the edge of the platform and leaned over the railing so I could get some good pictures before they swam away! The funny thing is that they didn't swim away at all. In fact, they swam closer to the platform! This was a very foolish thing for them to do, because for some odd reason Ratty's nature loving mind turned instantly EVIL.
I tried to fight these evil thoughts that were running through my brain. I really did! But it was no use at all. The dark side had taken over. I even continued to take my pictures while this conflict was going on in my head. All the while these poor innocent geese suspected nothing, so after a few minutes they became bored with me and began to swim away. But the evil voices in my head told me how I could lure them back...
I quickly looked to the right, and then to the left. I found exactly what I needed. I scooped up a few pebbles from the pavement beneath me and then proceeded to toss them into the lake just in front of me. They made a nice series of tiny plops and splashes that the geese heard immediately.
The geese, of course, thought I was throwing food to them. They all spun around at the same time and swam swiftly back towards me. They searched the water near where the pebbles fell, and after finding nothing, looked up at me in anticipation. Little did they know that there was an evil monster staring back at them, and he had no food for them at all.
I used this purely as a tool to get more pictures of these geese while they were so close to me. Now, even though geese aren't necessarily the smartest creatures in the world they began to realize that I had no food for them. So they began to turn away from me again. Nooooo!!! I quickly scooped up more delicious pebbles for them and did what I had to do. Got 'em again! Ha!
When they turned back and looked expectantly at me, a new voice in my head began to speak. It was very quiet at first but began to grow in volume. It kept telling me to remember how much I loved these poor trusting little geese. It reminded me that one of them was probably the lovely mother goose that I watched for so long. A conflict was beginning to form in my brain.
Since this post is running quite a bit longer than I thought it would, I'm going to have to bring up an ugly word. Cliffhanger. Honestly now, would you really want to read this story if it was so long that it took you the rest of the day? I didn't think so. So come back tomorrow to see if this evil Rat picked up one of these innocent geese and devoured it, or if Ratty the Good showered them all with gifts.