Tortoise had won.
He had won!
Fox and Wolf warmly congratulated him at the finish line. Even Bear and Weasel appeared with firewood to compliment Tortoise on his punctuality.
Tortoise found this somewhat curious, as surely his perseverance and determination had won the day and not his timeliness.
But where was Hare?
Asleep along the trail?
Too embarrassed to show his whiskers before this assembly?
This cottontail appeared with a sack of celery, garlic, onions, parsley, peppers, and Worcestershire sauce.
“I don’t lose,” said Hare.
Tortoise finally noticed the bubbling cauldron.
Hare brandished a fine boning knife.