Timmy and Tamara continued to care for their eggs carefully. Tamara protected the eggs and Timmy looked after Tamara, fetching anything she wanted at any hour of the day.
They carefully monitored their precious eggs, looking closely at them every day to see if there were any signs of change. They longed for the day when their children would hatch and were becoming quite impatient.
One sunny day the moment arrived – a quiet cracking grew louder as the pink egg began to hatch.
Timmy and Tamara were joined by their first child, a daughter they named Tasha.
It wasn’t long before the green egg began to crack and they were joined by their second child, a son they named Tarquin.
They all watched the blue egg, waiting for the cracking to begin. But nothing happened. They watched and waited for a whole day and night before the egg started to move very slightly. They held their breath as the final egg cracked open and Tiny Tom emerged.
They were all surprised by how small he was, but they loved him greatly.
Before long Timmy and Tamara began to show their children around their special garden. Tamara took great delight in teaching them how to play hide and seek. Tasha had clearly inherited her Mother’s gift for hiding, and was often the last to be found.
And in the evenings, after their children were safely tucked up in bed, Timmy and Tamara would delight in watching their precious offspring sleep and look forward to all the adventures ahead of them.
Timmy and Tamara enjoyed married life. They spent more time together than ever, and continued to enjoy walks and games in the garden.
One day, however, Timmy started to get a little worried. Tamara had been quite distant with him, and when he went to suggest they take a walk in the garden he couldn’t find her.
He frantically searched high and low and was starting to panic when he suddenly heard Tamara calling to him.
“Timmy, come here! I’ve got something to show you.”
He couldn’t see where she was, although she sounded as though she was close by. Eventually, by following the sound of Tamara’s giggles, he found her – and he couldn’t believe his eyes!
There in front of him were three brightly coloured eggs. Tamara had disappeared that day because she was searching for a good place to lay her eggs. Timmy was speechless – he was to become a father!
Friendship continued to blossom and grow between Timmy and Tamara. They saw each other every day and spent time chatting about everything under the sun.
They discussed the best way to keep their shells clean, their favourite foods, world events (they were both pleased with the choice of the new pope, and were sure that turtles must have been responsible for the decision) and what to do if they ever found themselves stranded on their backs with no one around to help (this had happened to Timmy as a child and he still had nightmares about it).
To this last point Tamara responded that as they spent so much time together it was unlikely that either would have to suffer the indignity long before the other found them and set them back on their feet.
In between these serious conversations they often played their favourite game of hide and seek, finding new and inventive hiding places every day.
Timmy was never quite sure how Tamara managed to get on top of the bird box (and Tamara never gave away her secret) but agreed that it was a very good hiding place.
Tamara was much better at the game than Timmy and always found him quickly, even when he tried to hide in the middle of a Christmas tree.
One not particularly special day, while they were enjoying a gentle stroll by the flower beds, something very special happened. Tamara was admiring the flowers when a sudden thought hit Timmy. He realised that all this time he’d spent with Tamara he hadn’t once been gloomy or lonely. In fact, he was actually beginning to be quite a cheerful turtle indeed. He glanced at Tamara and saw her in a whole new light. He suddenly knew that this was the turtle he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
Without hesitation he proposed – and to his great delight Tamara accepted!
Only a few days later they got married at their favourite place in the garden. It was a simple ceremony, but they were both overjoyed.
And who knows what adventures might happen next…