Scene from The Battle for Guiniloupay

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Back on the shores of the bay, Spruce was looking out on the horizon and thought he saw a shadow appearing in the haze. He stood up and focused on the figure, watching it grow larger. After a few minutes, he began to see a large sail on top of a ship.

“They’re coming,” he said softly. “They’re coming!” he then shouted. “The mice are coming!”

Soliloquy and the rest of the group looked up and saw two mouse ships on the horizon. The knights in the other two camps climbed onto each other’s shoulders and pulled down on their catapults. The others ran up and loaded a boulder.

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The middle camp immediately went into a panic as the knights started getting up and forming their lines. Rocky ran through all of his knights, shouting his orders.

“Light the grasses! We must warn the city!” he shouted. “Everyone form up! Get into your lines!” He ran over to the grasses, grabbed the torch, and threw it on the pile of grass.

Back in the city, Pensly was sitting atop the wall and looking off into the north.

How nice it would be to live out there, he thought. No war. No mice. Just peace.

A flash of light came from the field and caught his gaze. He quickly looked over and saw a large flame in the center fields and the camps forming their lines. His eyes widened as the thoughts of another battle filled his mind, and he stood up, drawing his bow.

“Here they come!” he shouted through the city. He strung an arrow and saw the ships out on the bay. The knights from the city all ran up the hill and lined up next to him.

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The mice started attacking the penguins and guinea pigs. Guthro stood under the ramp and stepped out with his sword up, stabbing a mouse as he fell. He threw the mouse into the water and swung his blade to his right and into another mouse’s shield. He pulled back and swung into the mouse’s blade, stopping it from hitting his left arm. Guthro dropped his sword around the mouse’s blade and struck him in the throat. The mouse fell, bleeding from his throat and mouth, and Guthro stepped around him and went to another mouse.

Up on the ship, the captain walked down the ramp with a net and threw it over Guthro and four other knights. Guthro and the other knights fell under the weight of the net, and the mice quickly ran over and disarmed them. Three more mice walked up behind the captain with two more nets and threw them off the other side and onto six penguins and guinea pigs.

“Move to the city!” the captain shouted.

The mice all ran out of the water and across the fields, leaving the ten knights under the net.

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Back on the wall, Pengy and the rest of the army watched the mice run through the middle lines. A cloud of arrows flew from the back lines, striking down many of the mice that broke through the second line. The knights in the center field slowly scattered across the entire field. Pengy looked out to the bay and saw that the mice were scattered all over.

“How can we win?” said Pingy. “There’s too many of them!”

“Don’t say that, Pingy we’re going to chase them out of our land,” said Pengy.

“But they have us outnumbered,” said the scared penguin.

Sleightide shook his head.

“Yes, Pingy, they have ten times the knights we have, but they have not one knight that is fighting for something,” said Sleightide very calmly.

Pengy looked over and saw how calm Sleightide looked.

“The mice on our grasses are all fighting in fear of the emperor, knowing that if they fail, they will be tortured or killed. That piece of their life is all we need to win,” Sleightide explained.

“Here they are! Fire!” a voice from behind Sleightide shouted.

Pengy quickly looked back to the field and saw that the back lines had scattered and the mice were approaching the wall. A cloud of arrows flew up on both sides of him and out onto the mice.

The mice charged past the back lines and got to the front wall of the city. Pensly stood in the northeast corner of the wall, shooting down on the mice. The mice gathered in front of the wall and ducked behind their shields. Arrows flew from the wall, sticking into the shields. Pensly stood, holding an arrow, looking through the mouse lines. He saw an opening between the shields of two mice. He pulled back on his arrow and aimed for the hole. His arrow flew from his bowstring and hit the shield left of the hole. After seeing his shot had missed, he quickly strung another arrow and took another shot. This arrow flew through the air and hit the edge of the shield, skipping off it on an angle and hitting the mouse behind the shield next to it. The mouse fell from the line, leaving a large hole. Arrow after arrow flew into the opening, killing a few mice, but the hole quickly filled. The arrows slowly stopped falling from the wall as the penguins and guinea pigs couldn’t break through the shields.

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