“Hi! My name is Apple, but ShepherdPerson usually calls me by my full name, Apple Stop That. She says I have an oral fixation. I thought that sounded really cool and impressive, but Mira says it just means I stick everything in my mouth and bite people a lot. It’s not my fault people are fun to chew on! Mira’s just grumpy because I bite… er, follow ShepherdPerson around a lot and she’s jealous.
“Everything is really sad and confusing around here right now because Grandma Princess is gone. She was the one who told everyone what to do, and now nobody’s sure who’s supposed to be in charge.
“My mama is really upset and keeps crying all the time, which makes me and Ash kind of nervous. Cedar and Chestnut cried a lot when Grandma Princess was sick and they had to go outside without her, but once she was gone they mostly stopped crying. Sometimes they forget and run back to the barn looking for her and calling, but mostly they hang out with my mama or with Auntie Duchess now.
“They say they want Duchess to be their new mama, but she can’t feed them or anything so I think they just have a crush. I don’t blame them, all the guys around here think Auntie Duchess is the most beautiful ewe in the world! Sometimes I follow Duchess around, too, but when SheperdPerson is here I’d rather chew on… er, follow her.
“See? Me and Mira, staying close to ShepherdPerson. ShepherdPerson stuck her finger in my face while I was chewing… er, inspecting her boot and said if I didn’t stop she was going to bite me back. I was pretty sure she didn’t mean it, so I bit her finger. She laughed and said she knew where I got that stubborn attitude.
“Then Mira knocked me down and told me if I didn’t get lost and quit hogging her mama’s attention she was going to beat me up, and I’m pretty sure she did mean it. I was getting bored and hungry anyway, so I ran off to catch up with Mama and Ash, and let Mira have all of ShepherdPerson’s attention to herself.
“I think between the two of us we made ShepherdPerson a little less sad.”