PB: KIVU AND DOT Feb 1, 2017 11:03:28 GMT -5
Post by rhi on Feb 1, 2017 11:03:28 GMT -5
Clean water was becoming scarce in the Ituri Forest. Kivu, a young okapi, knew his parents were worried. They were organizing the Okapi Clan to demand a fair share of water from the hippopotamuses. They believed the hippos were hogging it all.
"Perhaps our distant cousins, the giraffes, can help us confront the hippos," said Kivu's mother.
"They think we're inferior," Kivu's father complained. "Remember when they insulted the stripes on our legs?"
"True, but they're tall and would make good allies."
"Kivu, can you please at least try to make an Okapi friend? We'll be gone all day."
Kivu waved his parents goodbye. He had not yet told them that he already had a best friend. Her name was Dot and she was a hippo.
Kivu was extremely shy and solitary. He had never traveled outside of his rain forest grove. Kivu met Dot when she got lost one day in the forest. After that, Dot came faithfully to visit him every Thursday. They played mancala, read their favorite book, and pretended they were strolling through the Munda Wanga gardens in faraway Lusaka.
But today was the annual Hippo Water Celebration Day. Dot had organized a clean up of Lake Chiwa and could not visit.
Even though Kivu knew Dot was doing something important, he wished she would spend the day with him instead. To console himself, Kivu turned on some music. It only reminded him more of Dot, who was a spectacular dancer.
Kivu bravely made up his mind to travel to Lake Chiwa to find Dot. After many false starts, with legs quivering madly and heart racing, Kivu left his grove for the first time ever.
At long last, he spotted Dot's polka dot bow bobbing in the water. Kivu crept up somewhat unsteadily to surprise her. Startled, Dot opened her enormous mouth to chomp on the intruder. When she realized her mistake, she let out a terrifically musical giggle.
"Oh gosh, is it really you, Kivu? I thought you were one of those pesky crocodiles! Wait, why are you even here? And why are you lying on the ground?"
"I came to volunteer," gasped Kivu.