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The acorn lay on the shore of
the beach among the
wave-washed clamshells. It looked misplaced among the washed-up seaweed
and broken conch shells. As it lay on its sandy bed, instinct told the
acorn that this was not the right place for it to bury itself and begin
the ritual of life. As these thoughts rushed through its mind, a sea
gull swooped down from the cloudless sky and began circling overhead.
At first, the circling sea gull paid the acorn no
attention. As the sea gull flew closer to the shore, its piercing eyes
spied the acorn. Giving a loud screech, the gull landed close by the
acorn and waddled over to investigate.
Surrounded now by dying seaweed which had been
washed ashore from deep ocean currents, the acorn hoped that it was