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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Oops (01/14/10)

TITLE: A What Is Missing?
By Freda Douglas


As she pulled up in front of John’s apartment house, the rain started to come down. Driven by a strong wind, the water made sheets in front of her car. She reached in her purse for her rain bonnet, put it on, picked up her purse and bag of groceries, opened the door, and made a mad dash for the portico in front of John’s apartment.

As she let herself in, she was met with a deafening silence. Funny, she thought to herself, John must have had to work over. He told me he’d be home.

As Janis set her groceries on the kitchen counter and shed her rain coat, she noticed a note on the counter. Sure it was meant for her, she opened it and read “Dear Jan, I don’t know when I’ll be home. Troy’s pet orangutan is missing, and I’m trying to help him look for it, I’ll call you. Love, John.”

After reading the note, she knew there was no reason to get dinner because she had no idea when John would be home. Instead she went into the living room, kicked off her shoes and curled up in the corner of the couch. She had just started to doze off when the shrill ring of the phone penetrated the stillness.

“Hello,” she said, picking up the phone.

“Hi, Jan, it’s John.”

“Did you find Troy’s pet.”

“No, we don’t have any idea where to look. He’s never been loose before. Troy’s worried he might catch cold because of all the rain.”

“Do you suppose there might be a female orangutan somewhere around which might be in heat?”

“I don’t know, but what would that have to do with Bozo?”

“My parents used to have a Boxer dog. Whenever there was a female in heat, their dog would find a way to get out of the yard and away he’d go.”

“How could we find out if there’s an orangutan around in heat? Orangutans are not that common in Ohio, you know.”

“I’ll call the Peaceful Valley Animal Shelter to find out if they have any suggestions. Call me back in about 15 minutes and I’ll tell you what they say.”

After they hung up Jan retrieved the phone book and then dialed the shelter’s number. When she received an answer she relayed the problem.

“First of all, they don’t have to worry about him catching cold. In their native rain forest they are used to wet weather. As far as a female of the species goes, we were delivered a female orangutan yesterday. I don’t know if she might be in heat, but if you’ll give me your telephone number, I’ll find out and call you back.”

After the phone call, Janis settled down to wait, and picked up the phone on the first ring, “Janis, this is the animal shelter. Our female orangutan is in heat.”

“Please call me if you see Bozo, In the meantime I’ll direct the men to you, and maybe they’ll find him.”

Later, as John and Janis were eating the pizza John had brought home after Bozo had been found, a shivering mass huddled outside the female’s cage, they were discussing the adventure. “You should have seen the smile on Bozo’s face when Troy told him he would take him back to see his lady friend.”

All that Janis could think of to say, when John had finished telling the whole story, was “oops”.

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Virgil Youngblood 01/21/10
A fun read. The wording of the call to the shelter seems a little awkward and I had to reread it to see who was talking. This was a creative use of the topic. Good job.
c clemons01/27/10
I must have been something here, I didn't get the ending. Could you please explain?
Patricia Herchenroether01/27/10
I love 'rangs; so many facial expressions. This was a very creative idea. It could use a little polishing, but a real fun read.