The Tales Begin
It was dusk. The air was heavy and damp, with storm clouds gathering over a leaden sky as badger, Itchybald Scratchet – Itchy to his friends, was making his way back to his sett (a badger’s home). Normally he would have gone out at night, but their food stores were running low, so he had gone out in the early afternoon.
Leaves were falling from the trees, their once golden russet shades now brown. The branches looked bleak and nearly bare as they creaked in the gusty wind. Bracken, damp leaves and twigs had blown into heaps underfoot as Itchy stumbled along muttering to himself, his handsome black-and-white face set in a deep badgers frown. He could feel that winter would soon be upon them and he had a lot to think about. What could he do with so many mouths to feed?
Itchy scurried along as fast as his badgers bulk would allow, his fur damp and the sack of fruit heavy against his body.
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