Something big was
happening in the forest. Hector Hummingbird could feel the buzz. He
flitted over to where Oliver was sleeping on a branch.
“Whoo is waking me
up?” asked Oliver Owl grumpily.
happening. I can feel it!” said Hector.
“Yes, yes, and you
need me to tell you what it is!” growled Oliver, his huge eyes wide. He
was the wisest owl in the whole forest, and Hector knew that Oliver would
know what was happening.
yawned Oliver, “The King is coming out into the forest for a picnic. Now
buzz off and let me sleep!” He closed his big brown eyes.
The King! Hector
had never seen the King!
He spent the rest
of the morning sipping nectar from the forest flowers, and then he heard
the sound of voices. He fluttered through the trees until he came across
the picnic. Wow! There was the King, and the Queen, and even the little
Hector watched from
a tree as the picnic progressed, with footmen serving a huge array of
treats and tidbits. Other servants flitted about making sure everything
was perfect for the Royal Family. Hector chuckled, as the servants were
like hummingbirds, darting here and there and everywhere. Everybody was
having a wonderful time, until the Queen looked up into the trees and
“My baby!” she
cried, “My little girl!”
up. While they had been so busy picnicking, the Princess had climbed
high up into a big old oak tree, and was now on a branch far above the
“Save my daughter!”
commanded the King, but just as his men ran towards the tree, the
Grabbing the branch
with her hands, she dangled helplessly up in the air. She wouldn’t hold
on very long, and would surely fall.
Suddenly the crowd
gasped. There, way up in the tree was a hummingbird, pulling the
Princess by the dress back onto the branch!
Hector pulled and
pulled, and his wings hummed and hummed, but the Princess was too heavy.
He could feel her slipping as her grip on the branch failed. Then a
voice sounded in his ear:
“He whoo is not
strong enough must be smart enough!”
around, but couldn’t see Oliver. He did, however, see a strong vine
hanging against the tree’s trunk.
As fast as a blink
of an eye, Hector grabbed the end of the vine, and as the Princess fell,
he flew it around and around the Princess, finally knotting the vine
under itself. Only a hummingbird could have flown so fast! Everybody
gasped as the Princess plummeted towards the ground, and then she was
suddenly pulled up short. The vine held! The Princess dangled safely in
the air! Three of the King’s man scrambled up the tree and soon had her
safely on the ground again. She was unhurt.
resounded with the cry:
“Hurrah for the
Hector moved into
the castle at the King’s insistence. and the Royal gardeners planted
special flower gardens full of his favorite blooms. He was great friends
with the Princess, and they often played together in the forest
together, although she was forbidden to climb any more trees.
The King gave a
huge feast, and all the guests stood and toasted to Hector, who hummed
proclaimed the King “He shall be known throughout the land as: Sir
Hector Hummingbird – Hero!”