By Luciano DeSanctis
The Streamlet that was Once a River
Dedicated to Zio Biasino Breda.
 
Copyright 2008 By Luciano DeSanctis  
Luciano DeSanctis Children Stories registration # TXU 1-648584
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One fine evening in Pondville, a stranger
---knocked on Buck Beaver's door.
=="Hello Uncle Buck, I am Jesse Beaver,      
---your brother Bill's son," he said with
---pride.
It took a moment for Buck to recognize him, because Jesse
had grown some since he last saw him.
"Why, hello nephew," said Buck. "What brings you to this
neck of the woods?"
"I came to find work and a place to live," said Jesse.
"I hope you can help me, Uncle." At that point, Jesse        gave
his uncle a letter from his father.  Because of a sprained foot,
Jesse’s father couldn't make the trip.
Buck offered his nephew a bowl of fish soup. He knew Jesse was tired and
hungry. Jesse had traveled for hours by trailing a streamlet that was once
a river.   
Soon after, Buck opened the letter.
The letter read: DEAR BROTHER BUCK,
BECAUSE OF HOT WEATHER, OUR POND HAS RECEDED.
SOON OUR VILLAGE WILL BECOME PART OF THE
MEADOWLAND.  
I WOULD BE OBLIGED IF YOU COULD HELP YOUR
NEPHEW     
JESSE, SO HE COULD HELP HIS FAMILY.  
 THANKS, YOUR BROTHER BILL BEAVER.
Buck wanted to help Jesse but there was a problem; Pondville had a rule.
No strangers were allowed to work or live in Pondville. Only the beavers in
Pondville were allowed.
 "Tomorrow we'll go to see the Chief," said Buck, "see if             he can
help us." Soon after, they rested. Tomorrow was going to be a busy day.
In the morning, at the Chief's hut, Buck told the Chief about
Jesse's problem, and asked for help. "Sorry Buck, the rule is
very clear," said the Chief after inspecting his rulebook.
"Jesse is a stranger, he can't work or live here unless we all
agree."




After that moment, the Chief gave Buck a piece of paper.
"Here is a petition," said the Chief. "It is a formal request to
be signed by every working beaver in Pondville. If you can
get more than half of them to agree, then Jesse and his
family can work and live here."
Before long, Jesse and Buck said goodbye and went looking
for the workers.
Nearby the streamlet that was once a river.
At the work site, the workers had a worried look. ----They
were eagerly doing over a dam they had just built. It was clear
to Jesse and Buck, the beavers were having problems. Jesse
and Buck stopped to make themselves known. Everyone knew
Buck but not Jesse.  Jesse got a little nervous when Buck
showed them the petition. He saw the beavers were not
friendly to strangers.


Some were unsettled by the chief's petition.  
"No Buck, we have just enough work and just enough space to
live for us," said the supervisor. "That is why we have the rule. "
All workers agreed, so no one signed the petition.
"Besides, Pondville is in trouble," said the supervisor.
"The Chief doesn't know, but our pond is receding."
At that point, Buck became aware that whatever
happened at Jesse's pond was also happening to
Pondville.


"Could you build a bigger dam?" Buck asked with concern.

   "It won't do any good," answered the supervisor, "since the river became a
streamlet, it is not fast enough to fill our pond in such hot weather."
"That's trouble indeed," said Buck with a thought in his mind.
"The only sensible thing to do is to go and find out what happened to our
river, then, there might be a chance to bring the river back."
Jesse agreed, so did everyone.
"That's a good idea," said the supervisor, "if you can do that, we'll sign the
petition."
It was Pondville's only hope.
After saying goodbye, Jesse and Buck began trailing the north side of the
streamlet to the unknown.
On their way, they passed puddles of water where once was the river.   
The frogs, ducks, and cranes all looked worried.
They, too, were losing their homes.
The streamlet barely kept the puddles from drying.
Hours had passed, before Jesse and Buck came to see what made the
river into a streamlet.
Far by a hill, they saw a small lake with a huge dam.
Jesse and Buck were not surprised to see beavers building their dam.
But bears, deer, and raccoons seem to be helping,
 too.
"That's very strange indeed," said Buck, "for bears, deer and raccoons
helping beavers." Jesse agreed, he found it strange, too.
By the lake Jesse saw why. "Look, it's because of the
flooded forest," said Jesse.
"They are not building the dam at all, they are taking it
down."
The bears, deer and the raccoons were angry at the
beavers.
The huge dam had flooded their homes.  
At the work site, Jesse and Buck helped, too.
They helped to take away sticks and poles packed with hard mud
and stones.  
"Taking down a dam is harder than building it," said Buck.
Jesse agreed, but he didn't care. Soon he will have a home and
plenty of work.  
"Sorry, we didn't mean any harm," their Chief said regrettably.
--We just wanted a large lake for more space."
=The Chief promised to keep the dam low enough so the river will keep on
flowing; this way, the forest will never be flooded again.
--The apology was
accepted.
Everyone was happy to see the river flowing again.
--The beavers knew they had gone too far.
Soon after, on a two drifting log, Jesse and Buck said
goodbye and went on their way.
In no time, they passed the frogs and the ducks and the cranes, all
waving cheerfully at them.
--Before long, they were back in Pondville..
By the dam, Jesse and Buck told the workers, the
supervisor and the Chief about their adventure.
--At that point, the supervisor gave Buck his --petition
back.
"We all signed it," said the supervisor, "now Jesse can work
and live here."
Buck was very grateful, and so was Jesse. Now, he was not a --stranger
anymore.
But now, because the river was back, Jesse and his family
--didn't need
to move to Pondville.
"Thanks, but my home is safe now," said Jesse,  "as long
as no one builds a huge dam again."
"Oh, no huge dam for Pondville," cried the Chief. "The river
needs to keep flowing for everyone's sake."


---------=== At that time, Jesse was ready to go home.  
With a goodbye, Buck promised to come and visit his brother
Bill soon.
On the log, Jesse waved goodbye and drifted away.
On the river that was once a streamlet.
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