“Avoiding conflict of even the tiniest kind, she was exactly the…”Page 7, Line 5 of Ghosts and Echoes by Lyn Benedict
…wrong person for the job. Elysia belonged in the safe confines of her research lab. Yet, here she is face to face with a gigantic elephant waiting for the perfect opportunity to ram into her! It thrashed its trunk around claiming dominance of its territory.
In contrast to the renowned elephant whisperer and South African conservationist, Lawrence Anthony, she might hit a brick wall trying to bond with this one! She remembered watching that video of Stampy, the Violent Elephant. Who knows what this one who seems twice as big will do to her?
How does one end up in this position, you may ask?
Well, it started off with a visit to the chief of a local village who were mourning the loss of their elephant, Giggles. She died due to an unknown illness which ravaged her body. Giggles helped the natives carry many supplies over long distances. The children enjoyed the elephant’s incessant cheerfulness. She was quick to smile and enjoyed playing pranks on the kids with her trunk.
Elysia’s expertise is in epidemiology of cancer in animals. Her boss sent her to the field to investigate the causes of this unknown illness before it spreads to other animals in the village. She just arrived in the country a week ago. She walked up to the chief and offered her condolences, “Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!”
The chief let out a heavy sigh and wasn’t sure how to address the elephant in the room, “No elephant will ever replace Giggles, but we need a new elephant to help us carry heavy supplies. Otherwise, we will suffer greatly.”
Elysia reassured him with a hug, “I’ll see what I can do.”
*** A few weeks later ***
“How am I suppose to bring this guy back?” Elysia yells out in frustration.
So, what does she do to calm herself down? She sings the lyrics of a video she watched this morning, “Hymn for the Weekend” by Cold Play pushing what happened to caterpillar to the far back of her mind. Her sister sent her an unconventional hymn this past weekend.
Once she reaches the verse:
“Oh, angel sent from up above
You know you make my world light up
When I was down, when I was hurt
You came to lift me up”
She begins praying to angels to give her the information she needs to calmly bring this elephant back to the village. She felt a little silly, but all of the sudden an idea flashed before her eyes.
She recently visited a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa called Elephants Alive which discussed elephant psychology and the many emotions they experienced. She does what most people in this situation wouldn’t do.
She decides to stop moving and stand very still on top of this rock in the ground.
After waiting for the few tension-ridden minutes that felt like years, the elephant didn’t feel threatened by her presence, and calmly stood there.
In response to:
- The Haunted Wordsmith: Page 7, Line 5
- Word of the Day Challenge: Hymn
- FOWC with Fandango: Contrast
- Daily Word Prompt: Information
- Photo credit: Jedfish70