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.