They all lived in a nice fenced in yard where there was a tree, some shrubbery and a little pond. It was a perfect little spot.
The Papi Peacock was so beautiful that every day, animals would come over and ask him to show them his train. It was so beautiful.
Once day, the cow came over and asked Peacock to show her his plumage. So he did.
While he was showing her his feathers, he looked over and saw that his little chickies were playing by the fence.
He excused himself and went to the fence.
"Hey, you guys," said Papi Peacock, "I don't want you guys to play by the fence. You can play by the pond, climb the tree and play in the bushes, but just don't play by the fence."
They apologized and went to play by the pond.
The next day, Dog brought a couple of cat friends to see Peacock's tail feathers.
While he was showing them, he saw out of the corner of his eye, that his chickies were playing by the fence again. In fact, they were playing ON the fence.
He excused himself again and went over to them.
"I thought we agreed you wouldn't play by the fence," said Papi Peacock, "And here you are ON the fence."
They apologized again and went over to the tree.
The next day, a bunch of the animals came over with cakes and chips and drinks. They had been planning a potluck for a while. While they were all talking and laughing, Papi Peacock took a look around, hoping that he wouldn't find his chickies playing by the fence.
He searched the fence line and they weren't there. He breathed a sign of relief.
Then he searched the rest of the yard for them, wondering where they were. He couldn't find them. He looked in the tree, by the pond and in the bush, and they weren't anywhere.
He started freaking out. He asked everyone who came for the potluck to look for them, but no one found them.
They looked for hours, and nothing.
After a while, they all left. They would look on their way home.
Papi Peacock cried and cried and would not let himself go to sleep, well, until he couldn't help falling asleep because he was too tired.
When he woke up, he remembered right away and started to cry again.
He slowly stood up and took a look around the yard. To his surprise, there were the chickies, right in the very center of the yard.
He rushed over to them and hugged them and kissed them and loved on them and told them how worried he had been.
"Where were you?" he asked. "What happened to you last night?"
"Well," one of them said, "We were playing by the fence, and suddenly, well, we found ourselves on the other side of the fence."
"And we couldn't find away back in," said another chickie.
So they went on to explain what happened.
It turns out that while they were on the other side of the fence, a fox came over and offered to help them get to the opening of the fence.
"Get on my back and I'll take you there," said the fox.
The chickies believed him, and got on his back.
Once they were all on his back, he bolted...the opposite way of the fence. He was taking them away.
The chickies started screaming and tightening their claws on his back. They even started pecking him.
"Stop pecking me!" the fox yelled.
But they didn't stop.
"Not until you let us down!" said the chickies.
"Fine!" yelled the fox. "Get off my back!"
The chickies jumped off his back, and the fox quickly ran away.
The chickies realized that they were far from home and started crying.
After a while, they finished crying and decided to try to walk back home.
It took them all night to walk home...foxes run very fast.
Once they got to the fence, they looked around the whole fence line, but couldn't find the way in. But instead of crying again, they decided that they would try to get up onto the fence, and then jump off in to the yard.
As they were talking about how they were going to do it, the fox appeared behind them, and he had brought his whole family... his wife, his three little fox cubs, and his brother.
The chickies freaked out and jumped higher than they thought they could, right over the fence.
Once they were in the yard, and safe from the fox family, they carefully calculated the exact middle of the yard and huddled together, shaking and trembling.
"And that's where I found you," said Papi Peacock. And he hugged them again.
"I'm sure glad you found your way back," he said.
They were too...and they never played by the fence again. Well, there was that one time that the ball got kicked over to the fence, but that's different.