June 23, 2016-The henchmen left the room and locked the door. The walls seemed to close in on me…jewel thieves? This was a pretty big deal…but if that was the mission I had to complete to save Simba, then by all means mission accepted. I decided to do damage control before the mob got out of hand-there were strength in numbers and I needed allies if I wanted to pull this off; I jumped onto the table and bellowed, “Attention everyone! I know you’re upset with me but listen to what I have to say!”
“Why should we listen to you? Because of YOU we will be working all night!” a small striped tabby piped up. “I know and I’m sorry! But if we work together we can defeat Edgardo and break out of here…” The room went silent except for a few whispers. A very old canine stepped forth from the shadows; I hadn’t noticed him before. A brown cloak hung over his head and his face was not visible, the whispers were replaced with gasps and finally deafening silence. “During my time here I have seen many young animals like yourself try and defeat Eduardo without success,” he said. “I too have tried many years ago…I will do whatever it takes to help you…I don’t want any of you to end up like me.”
“Tell us your story brother,” I said and we encircled him; he adjusted his cloak and steadied himself on his cane. “Many years ago my family brought me here for a vacation, it all seemed wonderful…until they left; I quickly found out the truth that things were not as they seemed,” he said. “I was immediately sent on missions as a distraction…and the jewels we stole were worth millions; I waited for my family to return and collect me and when they came…” he paused and took a deep breath, “they were told that I had escaped and ran away. The truth is…I’ve not seen them since, word came that they were looking for me and that they’ve never given up hope.” I felt sick and like I was going to faint. “Every single one of us…will not be returned to our families…”he said, “We are prisoners here.” Anger squeezed my heart and it pounded furiously in my ears; the room spun around me and went black as my body crumpled to the floor.