July 20, 2016-We heard another sound coming from behind us. Twigs snapped under the weight of whatever was coming our way. Grandpa motioned for me to hide so I concealed myself deep in the bushes and watched in fear as Grandpa confronted the noise.
It was the tall, thin human and Edgardo; they had found us by the light of our tiny fire. “What do you want?” Grandpa yelled as he lit the tip of a large branch on fire and used it as a torch. The tall, thin human took a step toward him but he waved the torch at her as a warning to keep her distance. “I’m here for the black cat,” she snarled, “He didn’t think that he would get away with the diamond did he?” Edgardo bared his teeth and started to growl. “He doesn’t have the diamond! It’s been turned over to the authorities and it’s only a matter of time before they find and arrest YOU!” Grandpa said. The fire that burned on the torch was no match for the anger that burned in his eyes.
I needed to do something! I lunged from the bushes and caught Edgardo completely by surprise; we grappled with each other and I bit him as hard as I could. He would not retreat so I bit him again; he yelped out in pain and finally I pinned him. I loomed over top of him, my chest heaved from the exertion of our fight and I said, “You will NEVER defeat me!” He looked into my eyes and said with a smirk, “Oh…but I already have.” I looked to Grandpa; he was lying in the dirt face down. The tall, thin human dragged him to the base of a tree and started tying him up. She bound his hands and legs and put him into a sitting position against the trunk and then grabbed the burning torch.
July 8, 2016-I sprinted as fast as I could to the pool shed behind the hotel and ripped open the door…all of the animals were huddled together and my eyes instantly scanned the area for Simba. The animals had shielded him from view and protected him! They had saved him from a ghastly fate!
I ran to him and embraced him as hard as I could. He cried in my arms…the whole ordeal had been too much for him. “I knew you’d come back for me! And I knew that you had a plan!” he said as he wiped his eyes with his hands. “I would never let anything happen to you,” I said and hugged him again. “Thank you brothers and sisters for saving Simba!” I said as I embraced Callisto and Caleb . “Now I am about to deliver you to freedom! We must leave immediately-danger is imminent, follow me!” I said and we started off in the direction of a heavily wooded area.
I led the way into the thick brush in silence and we finally came to a clearing. I turned to the animals and addressed them,”There is a farm house that is about five miles to the north according to my calculations-we must travel through the night in order to reach our destination quickly and get help. Soon we will be home with our famkilies but we must remain on course.” The animals nodded in unison and Simba spoke,” We have become a family and are completely dependent on eachother right now for survival…there are no words to thank you all enough for saving me…I love you all.”
In the distance I heard a gunshot and then another. I could only imagine what was happening at the hotel…I shuddered at the thought…that’s when I quickly realized that the gunshot sound… was coming from behind us.