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1. Nottie Steps on Webbie's Feet

It was a pleasant spring afternoon. In Shadyside Woods, the flowers were dancing, the monkeys were chattering and the ducks were quacking. A few ducks were splashing water at Shallow Pond.

"Stop splashing the water all over me," pleaded Webbie, annoyed at the other ducks. The ducks ignored Webbie's request and continued the splashing. Webbie decided it was best to keep safe distance from the other ducks. So, she waded to the edge of the pond and got out of the water. She shrugged her shoulders and ruffled her feathers to get the water off them.

Just when she thought she was safe and dry, she suddenly felt something heavy on her back. The weight seemed to crush her. Webbie

"Quack! Quack! Quack! Ouch!" screamed Webbie, in pain.

"Sorry! Sorry! I am really very, very sorry," said a little voice. Webbie turned in the direction of the voice, still a bit dizzy from the sudden impact.

Webbie saw a little boy shivering with fright. The next moment, the little boy started sobbing loudly.

"Oh! Stop sobbing and remove that stuff off my back," said Webbie, in great pain.

The sobbing stopped immediately, and the little boy quickly got the weight off Webbie's back.

"Step off my feet. You are crushing them," yelled Webbie, still in great pain. Webbie felt relieved when the little boy got his big shoe off her feet.

"Why did you do that to me?" asked Webbie, staring intently.

The little boy had been very silent for a while. "I didn't do that on purpose," said the poor little boy, finding his voice again. "I was riding my bicycle, when I suddenly slipped and fell." Webbie saw a blue bicycle ...

Webbie saw a blue bicycle lying a little distance from her. So, that's what had fallen on her back. She looked up at the little boy, only to find big tears rolling down his cheeks.

Webbie realized that it was truly a mistake. Her kind heart forgave the little boy. "Well, please stop crying," said Webbie, in a soft tone. "Are you hurt?"

"I guess not," said the little boy, dusting some of the mud off his clothes.

"You shouldn't cycle too close to the edge of the pond. It's always very slippery, you see."

"Now I see why my mom had warned me not to go near the pond," said the little boy.

"You should listen to your mother," said Webbie, in a stern voice. "You have been naughty, haven't you? What's your name?"

"Norton," answered the little boy. "Norton Newton!"

Webbie was starting to get very fond of the cute little boy. She had not met anyone like him before. After a moment's thought, her eyes suddenly opened wide. There was a twinkle in them.

"You are Nottie, my friend. N-O-T-T-I-E," exclaimed Webbie, spelling the name letter-by-letter. "Do you know why?"

Webbie was excited. Without waiting for a reply, she continued,"Because today you have been naughty -- and Nottie rhymes with Webbie."

There was a puzzled look on the little boy's face. Webbie was quick to notice the change in the expression.

"Do you mind my calling you Nottie?" asked Webbie, with concern in her voice.

"Oh, nobody has ever called me Nottie before," replied the little boy. "I like the name, Nottie. You may call me Nottie if you wish. But, who is Webbie?"

"Silly me!" said Webbie, realizing suddenly that she had not introduced herself. "Webbie is my name. I live on the World Wide Web -- and I have webbed feet, you see."

Webbie tried to stand up tall to show her webbed feet to Nottie. Suddenly, she let out a loud scream. She was in great pain. "What's happened to my feet?" screamed Webbie. "I can't stand up at all."

Nottie stared at Webbie. His eyes nearly popped out when he saw a pool of blood near Webbie's feet.

"Your feet are badly hurt," said Nottie, with guilt in his voice. "It's all my fault. I stepped on your feet with my big black leather shoe. You need some medicine immediately."

Nottie had barely finished the sentence. He rushed to his blue bicycle and picked it up. He jumped on it and started pedalling at a fierce pace down the path.

"Wait! Wait!" shouted Webbie.

But, it was too late. Nottie had taken off on his bicycle at such tremendous speed that he had disappeared into the woods.

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