Heffanutt suddenly remembered his promise of hazelnut milk, and he and The ant King sat down with a glass freshly made this morning. He caught his breath and began to tell what had happened the last few days;
Filling up the winter storage, a job that Heffanutt would do every summer and autumn. Filling the storage with nuts in all shapes and sizes, some berries, fruits and eatable plants too. The storage is much needed during the long winter months with darkness and ice cold wind and snow. Nothing is like cuddling up in front of the fireplace during those months, knowing all kinds of good stuff is just a room away.
Heffanutt had worked all day long, climbing up and down bushes and trees, balancing on thin twigs to reach those much sought after nuts. He had only one last task to do, carrying the rest of the nuts he had collected to his home storage. He had already filled up half of the room. He was balancing a big sack, walking slowly and carefully so no nuts would fall out. Then he saw her, a squirrel, full speed running out of his house with nuts in her paws. He yelled and asked her to stop, but in the blink of an eye, she was gone.
Heffanutt went inside and to his horror, a lot of nuts had disappeared. The squirrel must have been in his house several times when he was working outside. Heffanutt had never experienced someone stealing before and he was surprised and somewhat sad. He went outside again and headed for the last sack, standing by the three he had left it. As he bends down and reaches for the sack a nut falls down next to him, and two or three more follow. Heffanutt looked up and discovered the squirrel busy collecting nuts, not aware of him standing on the ground.
With a lot more ease than himself, the squirrel climbed down, picks up a couple of nuts and ran around the tree. Heffanutt followed her and saw her tail disappear into a hole in the ground. She came out again and run down the path directed to Heffanutts house, Heffanutt decided to wait and see what would happen. And surely, a few minutes later she returned with nuts and stacked it into the storage. He had discovered where his stolen nuts were hidden.