Things that go CRACK! in the Night
Journal entry, Wednesday, July 16, 8:09pm
The crashing in the bush is coming closer, trees bending, snapping. Now a pause. I get the feeling that there's a great beast who's thinking out there, just a few feet away.
A loud snort! Maybe it's a water buffalo? That's more likely than…
I just held the lantern out the main window to get a look. Succeeded in blinding myself. Silence. Then the crashing continued, more agitated than before. I get the feeling that, whatever it is, it's getting annoyed.
I took a closer look at the treehouse supports. This place is up on a bunch of stilts and it's also anchored to a fat center tree. Solid. An elephant couldn't… No. Why would they want to? And if a berserk elephant decided to push this house down, what are the odds of her doing so tonight?
Heaven help me – an elephant right out front just blasted her trumpet! Tremendous noise! Sent me leaping off the floor.
Ahh! Crashing to the north too!
It's a nighttime gathering of the elephants, and I'm right in the crossfire.
I've turned the lantern down as low as it'll go – no use in attracting attention up here.
You've got to be kidding me – a shot just rang out.
Wait – that was a tree being cracked over!
The elephants are breaking trees! Damn big ones too! And here I am sitting in a…
Yes! That's the spirit. Elephants are perfectly harmless.
Posted on July
18, 2003 01:38 AM