"You really can't stay there all day," said the Small Bright Creature.
It stood looking down at a pile of leaves.
"If you're not careful, someone might not know you're there and trip over you."
The pile of leaves shivered and a small black nose poked out. It was followed by a long narrow snout and two small bright eyes.
"There you are," said the Small Bright Creature, smiling. "You see? It's a very nice day."
The eyes blinked in the sunlight and the leaves moved again as a tiny hedgehog emerged from the pile.
The Small Bright Creature cheered. "I knew you could do it. Now, we really should start off the day's adventures. I can't tell you how many I've had already."
The hedgehog moved forward, one or two leaves sticking to the quills on its back. It looked around cautiously. A rustling could be heard off in the distance.
The Small Bright Creature continued talking.
"There's nothing to be worried about. I've met only the kindest creatures in my adventures here."
It smiled at the hedgehog. "I should tell you about the cat I met."
The hedgehog looked up, its eyes wide with horror.
"Oh, it was a very nice cat," said the Small Bright Creature. "Very, very helpful. It saved me all the trouble of walking home by carrying me."
The Small Bright Creature smiled, remembering.
The hedgehog shivered.
The rustling was getting closer.
"Are you cold?" asked the Small Bright Creature. "You should come out of the shade into the ...eeeek!"
The hedgehog curled up into a ball and one of its quills poked the Small Bright Creature.
A snake slid out from behind a bush.
"Oh," said the Small Bright Creature. "Hello again," and it waved a glossy black magpie feather.
The snake stopped, looked at the feather and slid off into the undergrowth.
The hedgehog's nose peeped out from the ball of quills it had become. The snake was nowhere to be seen.
"We met before, that snake and I," remarked the Small Bright Creature. "It's very ticklish and you have to be careful - sometimes it forgets how strong it is and hugs you too tightly."
The hedgehog looked up at the other in wonder.
"Now," said the Small Bright Creature. "Are you ready for an adventure?"