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“Pecan.” One fuzzy tail twitched.
“Chestnuts.” The other fuzzy tail curled in a scowl.
“Pecan!” The first squirrel squeaked.
“Chestnuts!” Her mate scowled.
A snowy white head popped out from the center of the hallowed tree. ”Can a fellow please nap without all your ridiculous chatter?” the owl bellowed.
“Sorry,” the first squirrel sniffed. “But he’s being ridiculous.”
“I’m being ridiculous?” the second squirrel scoffed. ”Take a look in the pond!”
The owl’s head spun wearily. Much as he thought, there was no escape in sight. ”What are you two arguing about?” he sighed.
“Where to build our home. I say a pecan tree!” the first squirrel sniffed.
“And I say chestnut.” The second squirrel glared. ”Nothing says Christmas like Chestnut.”
“You don’t even like Christmas! You say all the lights make it hard for you to see where you hid your snacks!”
“I like the nuts!”
The owl ground his beak together. ”Why not try another tree?” he asked. ”Far, far from here?”
“Another tree?” The first squirrel was intrigued. ”What kind of tree?”
“Not oak,” the second squirrel interjected. ”Or maple. Or pine.”
“Pine sticks to fur,” the first squirrel agreed.
“What about the walnut trees two orchards over?” The owl suggested. ”They’re nice and big. Very holidayish.”
“Walnuts?” the first squirrel perked up.
“There aren’t any songs about walnuts,” the second squirrel said, unconvinced.
“But they are tasty,” the first squirrel reminded him.
“And hold up well underground.” The second squirrel’s eyes lit up. ”There aren’t any houses by that orchard…”
“So no lights!” his mate crowed. Tails swishing in unison, they raced down the tree. ”Thank you!” the girl called, waving her tail in farewell.
“Appreciate it!” her mate added, grabbing one last acorn for the road. ”We’ll send a card!”
“No need!” the owl called hurriedly. ”Glad to help.” Closing his eyes, he chuckled back to sleep.
Nothing said love like two nuts in the same bowl. Or tree, perhaps.
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