Ethan wiped beads of sweat off his brow. How had he got himself into this predictament? First he was just playing a friendly game of cards and then the guy wanted to make a bet. Ethan thought he was on a winning streak so he said sure. But he had been so wrong!
He had come out to LA again for business. The last time he had been here was when Jade and him were on their honeymoon.
Missing Jade, he was eager to leave for home tomorrow, but his stomach started turning when he thought of how big a bet he had made. He had been so sure that he would win! He regretted the last drink he had, made him make a dumb move and now he was about to lose all his money!
Ethan’s brain was scrambling as he looked at the cards in his hand, wishing they would magically change!
“Are you going to lay down your cards or not, I don’t have all night, you know.” said the man with the brown scruffy beard and beady brown eyes.
“My wife Henrietta is waiting for me at home, she is going to be so happy with my winnings. Now I can get her that diamond necklace that she has been wanting. Just in time for her birthday. So hurry up young man.”
Henrietta, thought Ethan, where had he heard that name before? Suddenly it struck him why he recognized the name and a plan began to form in his mind! It was crazy but it might just work!
“How about one more bet. Double the money?” Ethan asked.
The beady eyed man leaned forward in his chair. “You want to lose more money?”
“Oh, No, I plan to win!” said Ethan. “What would you say if I told you that I could provide some singing entertainment for you from a hippo?”
The man almost fell off his chair from laughter!
“A singing hippo! How many drinks did you have? I would gladly pay you double to see a singing hippo, and I will be even more glad to take your money from you! So sure go find me a singing hippo” and the guy convulsed in laughter once more.
Ethan didn’t waste any time leaving. He stepped out into the fresh air snd quickly took off in his car. He could just go back to his hotel, the guy didn’t know where he was staying. At least he didn’t think so, but what if somehow he did. The last thing Ethan wanted was to be woken up in the early morning hours by an angry guy wanting his money.
He had to find Henrietta the hippo. Driving down the road he hoped that he had remembered correctly where Jade and he had met her before.
It didn’t take too long to arrive. He parked his car and entered the woods. Ethan walked in the woods with a knot in his stomach, he just had to find her. He walked for quite a while and he began giving up all hope of finding her.
Then be found himself at the river and there she was, playing in the water. Relief flooded through him. He would be OK!
“Henrietta!” he called, walking towards the river. “Its me Ethan, I need your help.”
There was silence as Henrietta smiled at him. Why wasn’t she talking, he thought.
“Hi Ethan! Nice to see you back.”
Ethan turned around to see Bobo the bear. He sure was glad that he knew Bobo was harmless or he would have fainted!
“Hi Bobo, how are you? I would love to chat but I am really in a hurry and need Henrietta’s help. I called out to her but she just keeps playing in the water, like she doesn’t hear me.”
“I am sure she heard you but she won’t speak to you. She has a bad case of laryngitis. She has been singing her heart out this week and her voice is now totally gone!”
Ethan groaned and covered his face with his hands. “Oh No! I am doomed! This is awful!”
“Awful? Actually all of us here in the woods have been enjoying the peace!” said Bobo.
Shaking his head, Ethan filled him in on his problem.
“Well I can’t sing but I bet I could make that guy forget all about your bet!” Bobo said with a chuckle.
“How?’ Ethan asked and then, a smile spread across his face.
“Oooh yes, I do believe you could!”
Ethan and Bobo planned it out. He would bring the guy to the woods to see Henrietta, but Bobo would make a sudden appearance! He told Bobo where to meet them and he couldn’t stop smiling. This would be good!
Jade was waiting for Ethan at the airport. She was so excited to see him and be back in his arms once again.
Later that night Jade turned to him and said. “I still can’t believe you stood up to a bear and scared him away! You could have been killed!”
Ethan wrapped his arm around Jade and said, “Remember our walk in the woods when we were on our honeymoon and that awful lady robbed us?”
“Yes, how could I forget, but why are you bringing that up?” Jade asked.
“Remember Bobo the bear”, Ethan asked with a gleam in his eye.
“Yes, he scared us so badly at first but then…” she looked at Ethan as understanding began to dawn on her.
“So my brave knight, that ferocious bear that you encountered,did its name happen to be Bobo?”
“What a smart woman you are!” he said, leaning in and kissing her soft pink lips.
Jade kissed him back, stretching her hand across the bed to turn off the light.