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SNOWBALL FIGHT FOR CHARITY GETS OUT OF CONTROL

By Linda Thinslice

NEW MOUSE CITY — The staff of The Rodent’s Gazette faced off against the staff of The Daily Rat this past weekend in a snowball fight to raise money for CheeseAid.

The competition began friendly enough, with team captains Geronimo Stilton and Sally Ratmoussen tossing the first snowballs at each other.

Geronimo seemed confident in his puffy parka, despite the good-natured ribbing he got from the Daily Rat staff that he looked like a big cheeseball.

“Is that all you got?” he taunted Sally Ratmoussen as snowballs bounced off his fleece.

The next snowball knocked Geronimo’s glasses off into a snowbank, and as the disoriented newspapermouse bent over and hunted in the snow with his paws, his backside was pelted with countless snowballs.

“Heeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!” Geronimo cried, and his staff rallied to his aid.

Soon Sally Ratmoussen caught one in the snout and began shouting, “You’re a dead mouse, Stilton!”

Geronimo, still without his glasses, was forced to hide behind a tree. At that moment his young nephew Benjamin appeared. “Don’t worry, Uncle! I’ll save you!” Benjamin climbed the very tree his uncle was hiding behind and began an aerial assault, hurling snowballs from high among the branches.

The Daily Rat staff was driven back to the frozen lake where the ice soon started to crack beneath their weight. It was Benjamin who saved the day by calling out to them to get off the ice before they went under. The Daily Rat team agreed to forfeit so they could be helped off the ice, and the free-for-all came to an end.

Geronimo Stilton, his glasses finally found, announced that bowls of hot cheddar soup would be served at the offices of The Rodent’s Gazette for all the participants. Sally Ratmoussen countered that hot mugs of melted mozzarella would be served at the offices of The Daily Rat.

The spirit of friendly competition lives on among the fine journalists of New Mouse City!

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