AN: I'm sorry it took me so long but thank you so much for reviewing, favorite, Alerting or just reading my story.
After Bella came up onto the shore Bella noticed a very strange group of birds that were soaking wet, so that their feathers were clumped together. After a few minutes of discussing how they were to get dry Bella felt like she had known the birds for a very long time, which unusual for her since she usually had a difficult time relating well with others. She had a long argument with the hot tempered Lory that ended with the Lory saying "I'm older then you so I must know better." Bella wouldn't let that go until the Lory told her his age which he refused to do.
Then the Mouse who looked to be a person with authority called out. " I'll soon make you dry enough if you sit down." They all sat down at once in a circle around the Mouse staring at him. The Mouse then spoke names of important men that he said found it then asked Bella how she was fairing which she answered. " As wet as ever it doesn't seem to dry me at all."
"In that case" said the Dodo moving to it's feet "I move that the meeting adjourn for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies…"
"Speak English" said the Eaglet "I don't know the meaning of half of those words I don't believe you do either."
"What I was going to say was the best way to get dry would be a caucus race" said Dodo.
"What is a caucus race?" Asked Bella not that she cared to know but the Dodo had paused as if he wanted someone else to speak but no one else did.
" The best way to explain it is to do it." said the Dodo.
First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle,(the exact shape is unimportant) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no 'ready set go' but they begun running when they liked ( Bella never started running in fear of tripping) and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. After a half an hour of running everyone was dry( Bella from the wind of other runners running past her), the Dodo suddenly called "the race is over" and the they all crowded around panting asking "Who had won?"
The Dodo couldn't answer this question without a great deal of thought so he said "Everyone has won and all must be given prizes."
" But who will give the prices?" they asked.
"Why she of course" said Dodo pointing to Bella and then the whole party crowed around her calling out in a confused way "Prizes! Prizes!"
Bella no idea what to do since she had brought nothing with her but she was sure this had happen because she didn't run. She stuck her hands in her pockets and was surprised to find a box of comfits (that were untouched by the salt water), and she handed one comfit to everyone which was exactly the number she had.
"But she must have a prize herself" said the Mouse
"Of course, said Dodo " What else have you got in your pocket?" turning to Bella.
"Only lint" Bella said sadly.
"Hand it over" said Dodo
Then they all gathered round her while the Dodo solemnly presented the lint saying " We beg your acceptance of this elegant lint" and after he finished his speech, which Bella thought was ridicules, they all cheered. Since they all were so grave Bella bowed and took back her lint.
Next the rest of them ate their comfits noisily which caused quite a scene. After it was over they once again sat in the circle.
A/N: The part of this chapter with the Mouse's story didn't make sense with Bella so I'm cutting it out sorry if you really like that part.