Tua and the Elephant

By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the exception of something she's regularly sought after: a sister. available in the market in the future, Tua makes an unintentional acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, outstanding power, and a really curious trunk. And while Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it really is transparent this elephant wishes her aid. jointly, the bizarre staff units off on a awesome trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening industry to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and at last, to the sanctuary of an elephant shelter, this shrewdpermanent woman and her loved better half locate that correct lower than their noses is strictly what each one has been trying to find: a chum.

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This isn’t a vacationer allure. ” Nak rotated and glared down at a wrinkled outdated guy sitting on a footstool in the back of a folding desk. He used to be promoting charms, medallions, amulets, and talismans. Bare-chested and wrapped in a light sarong, he leaned over and spit betel nut juice at the flooring among his toes. Nak got rid of the scowl from his face. “Good day to you, grandfather,” he smiled. “You didn’t ensue to work out a bit lady with an elephant pass by means of the following lately, did you? ” “Maybe I did, and perhaps I didn’t,” acknowledged the previous fossil. “What’s it worthy to you? ” “Worth to me? ” Nak requested. “Maybe you’d wish to purchase a attraction, to alter your good fortune. ” “I’m no longer a superstitious man,” Nak guaranteed the outdated creature and laughed. “Of direction no longer. we are living within the glossy global. An amulet, might be, to beat back evil spirits? ” Nang reached below his blouse, clutched the medallion dangling from his neck, and whispered an incantation. “What approximately your pal there? ” the traditional nodded at Nang. “Would he like a few … safety? ” Nang gulped. Ignoring the questions, Nak pulled a twenty-baht be aware out of his pocket and waved it within the air. “What will this purchase me? ” he requested. “All that you just desire,” the previous guy cackled. He snatched the word out of Nak’s hand, and pointed a bony finger around the highway. “They went thataway. ” Nak darted into the line, waving again the vehicles and cursing their horns, whereas Nang scurried after. once they reached the embankment at the different facet, Nak scanned the coastline from the bend within the river above to the bridge lower than. “I don’t see them anywhere,” Nak frowned. Nang observed whatever coming up and down in the course of the river like a capsized boat. There looked to be anyone clinging to the keel. He appeared again over his shoulder. The previous guy had folded up his desk and used to be long past. “What’s that there? ” Nak pointed to the center of the river. bankruptcy SEVENTEEN Crossing the River A wave washed over Tua and he or she lifted her head, gasped for breath, and opened her eyes. A fast present was once plunging them downstream. Whirlpools swirled round them in matches. and so they have been purely midway around the river. She pinched her legs jointly and locked her palms tighter round Pohn-Pohn. once they reached the inner most a part of the river, Pohn-Pohn rolled over with the present, they usually slowly sank lower than the outside. First Tua’s legs, after which her palms have been torn loose. She kicked and paddled throughout the darkish, muddy water; popped to the outside and gulped a mouthful of air; yet was once fast despatched spinning below the waves back. simply whilst she concept her lungs may burst, anything grasped her ankle and pulled. She lurched in the course of the water, leaving a path of bubbles in the back of her. Tua closed her eyes—and was once unexpectedly bathed in sun. She may well breathe! She used to be floating in air—she used to be flying! Then she dropped like a coconut and plopped onto Pohn-Pohn’s again. Locking her legs round Pohn-Pohn’s neck, Tua grabbed either one of the elephant’s ears. Pohn-Pohn curled her trunk again over her head and hosed Tua down. “Cheeky chang,” she sputtered.

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