(Edited by Scio)
Cody hurriedly picked-up that blue-box-binocular and shot away towards Mrs. Swinton’s cottage. Itim had just brought him news that Mr. & Mrs. Falcon have left for their own jobs. Cody knew that either Mrs. Falcon or Mr. Falcon would come back to check on their nest every half hour. He had this small window to sneak up to their nest—high atop Mrs. Swinton’s Chimney pot.
Cody wanted to become an Oologist, like his grandmother. That blue-box-binocular actually belonged to his granny—Mrs. O’Connor. Even Mrs. O’Connor had not known about this dream of Cody.
Stalking nests was however, a top secret affair for him; only Itim knew about it. Itim was his best friend, a quail who drifted around collecting news about empty nests.
Few weeks ago, before his summer holiday, Cody had told his friends that he wanted to become an Oologist. Everyone in class had laughed and ooed at him after hearing this. They knew that hedgehogs loved eating bird-eggs but little could they imagine that Cody, the little hedgehog, had planned for spending his life simply watching eggs… Since then Cody had kept his dream to himself.
Mr. Falcon was not particularly well-received either. Only last Thursday he had broken into Pete and Matilda’s nest—high atop Mr. Morgan’s solid brown garrett—and ruined their eggs. Since Pete and Matilda were small sparrows, much smaller than Mr. Falcon, they could not resist him for long and they lost the battle. Matilda cried a lot for the next two days.
Anyway, Cody took that binocular, hopped through the cracked and chipped fence of Mrs. Swinton’s, crawled across her dry rooftop, and reached the chimney-pot.
Cody looked around in brisque, jerky movements—the sparkling bright sky of summer seemed clear of any possible danger. Cody was a little hesitant about taking further risks. So he kept his position and brought out that blue-box-binocular.
Unfortunately he did not know how to use it. Attached to the box were a pair of big round lenses and then a pair of small round lenses to the opposite of those big ones. It usually clunked open when pressing down on a small knob at its side. Cody had put those big lenses to his eyes, thinking that the big lenses would make things look bigger. He had heard his granny talking about binoculars that make things look bigger and nearer.
And as Cody, with much courage and poise looked through it, exactly the opposite happened—the nest was fleeced a mile away! And then, the devil himself—Mr. Falcon—stepped right in front of it. To Cody Mr. Falcon seemed a great distance afar—he could only see his cold beady eyes through the binoculars after all—a distance he could easily run from.
Cleared of doubt, Cody reached his paw out towards the nest but was startled with a loud shrill cry. It was Mr. Falcon! He burst into a frenzy of shrieks and flaps! Before Cody could think of anything Mr. Falcon took a sharp flight and disappeared.
Itim was looking out for Cody from a nearby fig tree. She had seen the entire episode and called in the other birds to celebrate little Cody’s victory over a big Falcon as fast as she could. All the smaller birds cheered his praise, and greeted Cody for his courage in turn.
However, Cody was feeling more starstruck than courageous over what had just happened. He went back to his Granny’s place and told her about the whole incident. Mrs. O’Connor smiled at him and explained that he had held the binocular the wrong way around. Thus, when Mr. Falcon came close and peered into the box, he had found the big scary face of Cody staring at him from the opposite side— as if Cody was very close to him. At the same time, Cody had seen Mr. Falcon’s eye farther away than they actually were, because binoculars work in reverse from the opposite direction. Binoculars can make things look either bigger or smaller, depending on which end you look through. A smaller Mr. Falcon gave Cody the courage he needed, and to Mr. Falcon, it had given the fright of his life!
Everybody in the village was happy with Cody’s daring in face of bullying Mr. Falcon who had then kept away for months! Every bird and animal in the community has lived in peace ever since.