An Inconvenient Elephant by Judy Reene Singer

By Judy Reene Singer

From the writer of nonetheless lifestyles with Elephant comes the tale of 1 girl and her quest to avoid wasting an imposing animal. After a yr spent taking good care of child elephants in Africa, Neelie Sterling is getting ready to come back to the States and a lifestyles packed with exes—ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, ex-house, ex-horse. yet she is abandoning a few unfinished enterprise in Zimbabwe: a truly specific elephant exact for execution. With assistance from her new pal Diamond-Rose Tremaine, an eccentric safari operator, Neelie manages to shop for it slow for the imperiled pachyderm, understanding that once she lands in manhattan they're going to have to elevate cash for his rescue. as soon as they are domestic, every thing turns into a fight. Neelie and Diamond-Rose now needs to relearn how you can live to tell the tale in an city jungle of desk manners and genuine beds whereas dealing with the overbearing affections of Neelie's kinfolk. tougher nonetheless, Neelie desperately wishes assistance from her prosperous conservationist ex-boyfriend, Tom, to avoid wasting the incredible creature—and swallowing her satisfaction simply will be the most important problem of all.

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I reconsidered my words again. ” I sighed. ” Dinner was served a while later by a guide who drove up in a jeep and briskly pulled a silver metal food container from the back. He lifted the lid to reveal a series of bowls and dishes, and poured out a small bowl of water, offering it to Diamond with a polite bow. She washed her hands, then passed the bowl to me, and I did the same. Next the guide took out two plates and with great ceremony set the table for our dinner. He put a bowl of dinner sadza, made of cooked ground corn, in the middle of the table, along with a bowl of stewed greens, some cauliflower, and a fresh pot of tea.

I remember thinking how I could never go back to an ordinary life again. I had loved Tom, and that was an important part of me, but my life in Kenya had become bigger. The falls were reminding me again how I had changed. Diamond pulled at my arm and pointed. Arcing across the chasm was a rainbow, the bright colors forming a dazzling, jeweled bridge. “It’s a good sign for our visit,” she yelled into my ear. ” I couldn’t answer her. There were no words left to me. I had been unfastened somehow, undone, changed all the way through, and I knew there would be no turning away from it.

Tusker. “Good morning,” Diamond greeted me. She pulled her hair back from her face and secured it with a bolo string. Then she dug into her bowl of breakfast sadza, scooping it up with her fingers. “So, I spoke to the game warden this morning before you got up,” she said, slurping down the white cornmeal gruel. ” I poured myself a cup of tea. ” She passed me my own bowl of breakfast sadza. “I have to see him again,” I said. ” I did. He had taken possession of my soul. I could think of nothing else.

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