It was Valentine’s Day and Shelly had woken up super early.
She was off to deliver a secret message to Saul, the special snail in her life.
“I’m so excited!” she squeaked.
But there was a problem.
To get to Saul, Shelly had to cross the dreaded PATH OF PERIL.
Many a snail had tried and failed to cross it safely.
Shelly took a deep breath and slid cautiously onto the path…
A ginormous muddy boot thumped down beside her.
“Yikes! That was close.” Shelly shrieked. “But I MUST be brave…”
She slithered slightly further…
Super-spinny stroller wheels sped past.
“Eeeeeek! I don’t like this one bit.” Shelly squealed. “But I MUST be brave…”
She slipped a smidgeon further…
Big bicycle wheels belted by.
“Ahhhhhhh! This is awful.” Shelly screeched. “But I MUST be brave…”
“Phew! Just someone stepping on a dry leaf,” Shelly sighed.
Slowly but surely, she reached the other side.
Shelly slid unseen to Saul’s step and left a silvery snail trail outside:
To my Saul mate – will you be my Valentine?
Feeling pleased with herself she slithered out of sight.
But then her tentacles trembled as a terrible thought crossed her mind…
“Oh no, now I’ve got to get home!”