A/N: Sorry if this offends you, but Verne will not be in this series. In fact, the big deal of this story is that the leader of the hedgies was never a turtle, but a female raccoon. I'll just leave that off for there.

Disclaimer: I do not own Over The Hedge


I was still deep asleep, the cold no longer reaching my fur, seeing as I snuggily piled leaves over me while I slept. I was only fully awaken when a drop of something freezing hit my head. I squealed, jumping up from my spot in the log, my tail fizzing and my tuft of hair flying off my right eye for a moment.

"Ooh! Cold, cold, cold! Why is it always...me?" I trailed off uneasily as I looked over at the other end of the log. It was bright and sunny and I could finally see the green grass instead of piles of white, powdery snow. Squinting with a grin, I climbed on all fours and scurried out, allowing myself to shake the cold water of the condensation off my fur and finally get to have warmth running through it. I breathed in with a grin. "Spring can never do a girl wrong. Wow... But-that only means 274 days 'till winter!"

Eyes widened, I spun around, my tail frizzing up a bit as I called, "Everybody up! Get up! C'mon, hibernation is over! Spring's here!" I giggled in amusement, placing a paw on my hip. As always, Hammy was the first to come out, bright eyed and bushy tailed.

"Morning, Vita!" Hammy greeted quickly, throwing his arms around my middle. I patted his head.

"Hello, Hammy. Up first as always! I'm proud!" I praised.

"Thanks! I've gotta go peepee!" Hammy exclaimed, doing a small dance as he looked at me in mercy. Then, in the blink of an eye, he ran off to do his business without everyone staring. However, I called one last thing to him before he was completely out of earshot.

"Not in the lake we drink from, please!" I looked back at the log, both paws on my hips now. "C'mon, guys, it's spring! Everyone know what that means? More work! I cannot do it alone! Up, everyone up!"

"Ah," Hammy sighed in relief as he ran back to my side. "Finished. No, wait..." He ran off again.

"Please, everyone! I am not afraid to go in there and use my claws if I have to!" I threatened.

"Y'all better listen! I've been holding somethin' in all winter and I'm about to let it out!" Stella called from her spot. Instantly, everyone ran out as quickly as possible, followed by an amused Stella.

"Thank you, Stella," I laughed, placing a paw over my heart.

"Oh, I can clear a room, Vita. C'mon, that much I can do," Stella smiled as she passed me.

Shaking my head, I planted myself on all fours, and quickly scurried back into the log to grab the last of the food we had from the beginning of hibernation. I frowned when I saw it was only a few berries. My ears clasped down to my head as I looked at the ground in worry, but hey, if we did this last year, we could do this again this year.

Smiling hopefully again, I walked slowly back outside to give the others a heads up and new orders to get new food. Seeing everyone gathered around talking, I placed a paw to my lips and let out a very loud whistle that instantly captured everyone's attention. I raised up the stem of berries to them.

"Ooh, look, food!" Penny grinned, pointing excitedly.

"I think you all know what this means," I said, shaking the berries slightly.

I only realized Hammy was back then when I saw him raising his hand frantically, trying to get my attention.

"Vita!" he called in a frightened tone.

"Just a moment, Hammy," I shushed him, before looking at all of them again, "This means we were nine berries away from starvation. Nine!"

Everyone gasped in horror, making me realize I scared them a bit. I cleared my throat.

"Sorry, sorry, that was a little intense. I just meant really serious hunger pains." I corrected myself.

"Vita!" Hammy shot out again in fear.

"I'm not finished, Hammy. Please zip it for a moment and I'll get back to you," I instructed, walking over and passing berries to Lou, Penny, and the kids. "Morning, Lou, Penny, kids. So what I want to tell you all is-"

"Vita!"

"Hammy, shh!" I hissed. "If you have to go again, just go! Okay, so all I'm trying to say is that we came a little close. So this year we have to remember we have to fill the log-"

"All the way to the top!" Ozzie added.

"Exactly, Ozzie," I smiled. "All the way to the top! Because...what are we?"

"Foragers!" everyone exclaimed in unison.

"And what do we forage?"

"Food!"

"That's right!" I squealed.

"That's super, Vita, really super," Lou complimented.

I smiled, before turning to Hammy finally, "Okay, Hammy!"

"Huh?" he asked, confused.

"What is it?"

"What is what?" Hammy replied.

"What is it you wanted to tell me?" I asked, trying not to get too annoyed.

He seemed lost in thought now, trying to grasp on what he was trying to say. At about this time, everyone was staring at him.

"Oh yeah! There's a weird thing over there that I've never seen before, and it's really big and really scary! Follow me!" he said, before running off. We all looked at each other, shrugged, than ran to find out what Hammy was talking about.

"Hammy," I gasped as I caught up, trying to regain my breath. "What-What weird thing?" Seeing the shadow that fell over us finally caught my attention. Looking up slowly, I gasped. "Oh...that weird thing."


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