4012. This much was certain, the Rooster saw Otis crouched in the woods at a distance with his left eye, and he saw the Fowler with the axe in his hand out of his right eye. He had no time to think about the picture he saw, he just set off running as fast as his little crabbed feet would move his awkward fat body.
4013. Nature, in the form of a tree root, intervened to save him from the Fowler, and a few minutes later he was safely reunited with Otis in the depth of the woods. Years later the Fowler would explain how he had torn his Achilles tendon on a tree root chasing a Rooster around. That was the story he would tell to explain his limp, and his need to walk with a cane. This story always elicited laughter from all his listeners, but not from the Fowler himself.
4014. The Fowler from that day on would go through life cursing the Rooster and swearing to avenge himself on the bird and the bird’s relatives, never for a moment giving the Rooster the benefit of the doubt, seeing as he was only trying to save his skin, which, as you know, is one of the best parts of a chicken.