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The Flying Contest

One day, as the birds of a certain place were talking, an argument arose as to who could fly the highest. The smaller birds became quiet, for no one else listened to them anyway. It was the larger birds who boasted and argued. It was decided to hold a flying contest, after a few weeks of training for all the birds who wished to participate. The smaller birds did not think they had a chance, and did not bother to strengthen their wings. This was except for the wren, who was aware of how small and weak she was. She tried to think of how she could win through trickery, and finally hatched a plan. On the day of the contest, almost all the birds were saying that the eagle would win. The eagle was a swift, strong bird who spent each day flying higher than most birds did. The wren heard what the others were saying, and decided to stay as close to the eagle as she could. The birds swooped into the air and toward the clouds. It was not long before some of them began to fall behind. The wren managed to keep near the eagle. Soon the birds soared into a cloud. The wren was so small and light that the eagle never noticed when she softly landed on the eagle's back. As the two passed upwards through the cloud, the other birds saw what had happened and cheered for the wren. The eagle thought that they were cheering for him, and beat his wings more strongly to show off. As he rose higher and higher, he called to the others he was leaving behind, "Who is flying the highest?" "I am," said a tiny voice from above and behind him. The ...
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