Once upon a time, there was a hedgehog named Pinolo who lived with his family in the stone caves of Matera. Pinolo was a very curious hedgehog and loved exploring the caves in search of new adventures.
One day, while he was having fun exploring an unknown area, he realized he was completely lost. He was disoriented and couldn't find his way back home.
"I don't know where I am anymore, I need help," thought Pinolo, trying not to panic.
After a while, he met Lilla, a very friendly lizard who greeted him with a smile.
"Hi Pinolo, how are you?" asked Lilla.
"No, I'm lost and can't find my way back home," replied Pinolo, barely audible.
"Don't worry, I'll help you. I know these caves like the back of my hand!" said Lilla, offering to help the little hedgehog.
So, Lilla led Pinolo along the winding paths of the caves, showing him the right way to go.
"We have to reach the stream, from there you'll know how to get back home," explained Lilla.
But during the journey, they encountered another difficulty: a stretch of cave full of sharp and dangerous stalactites.
"How are we going to get through this?" asked Pinolo worriedly.
"Don't worry, I have a friend who can help us. Wait for me here," replied Lilla.
So, Lilla flew off in search of her owl friend, who was an expert in caves and flying. "We have to cross this stretch of cave, but there are too many sharp stalactites," explained Lilla to the owl.
"Don't worry, I have an idea. Take this branch and hold onto it tightly. I'll grab it with my talons and fly with you over the stalactites. We can do it!" said the owl, offering his help.
So, Lilla and Pinolo held onto the branch, and the owl carried them to safety, skillfully passing over the sharp stalactites.
"We made it!" exclaimed Lilla, happy to have helped her friend.
"I could never have made it without you," thanked Pinolo, grateful.
Finally, they reached the stream, and Pinolo could finally go back home with his family.
"Pinolo, where have you been? We've been looking for you everywhere!" said Pinolo's mom, hugging her son.
"I was lost, but Lilla and the owl helped me get back home. I don't know how to thank them," replied Pinolo, happy to be finally safe.
"And we thank them too."
Questa favola è un'invenzione dell'autore e non ha alcun collegamento con la storia o con le leggende o i personaggi legati ai "Sassi di Matera".