Once upon a time, in a lush green forest, there lived a bird named Bernie. Bernie was a happy-go-lucky bird who loved to sing and play. But one day, he found himself in trouble and needed the help of an attorney.
The attorney was a wise old owl who helped Bernie out of his predicament. Bernie was so grateful that he wanted to repay the owl in some way. The owl told Bernie that there was one thing he desired above all else: a rare flower that grew on the other side of the forest.
Bernie was determined to find the flower and set off on a journey. He flew over mountains and valleys, through rain and sunshine. Along the way, he met many other birds who offered to help him on his quest.
Finally, after many days of travel, Bernie found the flower. It was more beautiful than he could have ever imagined. He carefully plucked it and brought it back to the owl.
The owl was overjoyed when he saw the flower. He thanked Bernie and told him that he had repaid his debt many times over.
Bird: a warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate.
Journey: an act of traveling.
Flower: the reproductive structure of a plant.
Repay: to pay back.
Attorney: a lawyer.
Forest: a large area covered with trees.
Sing: to produce musical sounds with the voice.
Play: to engage in activity for enjoyment.
Trouble: difficulty or problems.
Owl: a bird of prey with large eyes.
Predicament: a difficult situation.
Grateful: feeling or showing thanks.
Desire: a strong feeling of wanting something.
Rare: not common or frequent.
Determined: having made a firm decision.
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