Thinking On Your Feet...

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took along his Dachshund for company. One day, the Dachshund discovers that he is lost, having chased a game into the forest. Wandering about, unsure, he suddenly noticed a leopard heading rapidly in his direction.

"I'm in deep trouble now!" the Dachshund told himself. But just then he noticed some bones close by and immediately settled down to chew them with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the Dachshund exclaimed loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the leopard halted in mid-stride, as a look of terror came over him, and slunk away into the trees. "Whew," said the leopard. "That was close. That canine nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching from a nearby tree figures he could trade what he witnessed for protection from the leopard. So, off he went. But not before the Dachshund saw him heading in the direction of the leapord. "It isn't over yet" thought the canine.

The monkey soon caught up with the leopard, spilt the beans, striking a deal for himself. The leopard was furious at being made a fool and said, "Here monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine."

Now the Dachshund saw the leopard coming with the monkey on his back. Instead of running for cower, he sat down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hadn't seen them yet... and just as they got close enough, he billowed impatiently:

"Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard."

Clever ugh? Wish I were that smart. Come to think of it. If you were given this as a fill-in-the-blanks assignment, or let's say a complete-the-story assignment, would you have finished it this well? I'm not sure I would have.

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