the clouds are swirling around them they hear
the sound of drums beating in the distance. The
cloud puffs are clearing up and they look
around. Kio is smiling. "Africa, my
home," he says. They now hear a roar that
sounds like thunder in the distance and everyone
really starts shaking. "That there sounds
like a hungry lion," says Cowboy Jim. Kio
laughs. "Yes, it is a hungry lion, but he
is not near. He is probably 3 miles away. If he
was nearer, you would have really jumped out of
Running Bull and his braves don't feel very
comfortable. They have never been in an African
jungle before and they are frightened by the
sounds they are hearing.
did we get here?" one of the braves asks.
"Remember the dark hole I was looking
for?" Kio says. "Well, it seems like
the dark hole found us first. This is what
happened to me when I found myself in your land.
You never know what shape it is going to be
Jim is swatting his face all the time.
"Dang mosquitos. Oops! Sorry Kio, but these
things really bite."
Jim takes off his hat and starts waving it at
the mosquitos. He turns around and falls. Splat!
Chief Running Bull, his braves and Kio hold
their stomachs as they are laughing so much. It
was not many minutes ago a herd of elephants had
passed this way.
Jim does not think it is so funny. He needs to
take a wash. "Come on," says Kio,
"I know where we can find a waterhole for
you to clean up."
Jim follows Kio muttering under his breath.
"Dang mossies. Dang elephants."
waiting to hear what Cowboy Jim has to
addition to the story)
Kio didn't tell Cowboy Jim was that they
wouldn't reach the water hole til the next day.
As they rode through the jungle, Chief Running
Bull and his braves sat with eyes wide open
listening to the strange sounds that sung all
around them. A family of monkeys shadowed them
swinging through the trees chattering as they
went. They reached a clearing and decided they'd
camp there for the night.
The braves went right to work building a fire.
Cowboy Jim just shook his head. What's wrong
Uncle Jim? Kio asked. Look at that there fire!
How am I sopose to cook over that! When Kio
looked he laughed. The braves in their fear had
built a fire that stood ten feet tall. Come on
Uncle Jim, i'll help you build a smaller one our
dinner. Anything you try to cook on that one
will be burnt for sure! Kio added still
They ate the last of the deer meat that Cowboy
Jim shot from up on the bluff. Tomorrow they
would have to hunt. The sounds of the jungle
seemed to intensify as darkness fell. All of a
sudden there was a rustling in the bushes and
before anyone could move a big armored beast
with a single horn over it's nose came charging
from the bushes and ran straight to the fire the
braves had built and began to stomp it out with
it's massive feet. In no time the fire was out
and just as the beast charged in, it charged out
and was gone. The braves had all scattered.
Only Cowboy Jim, Chief Running Bull and Kio
stayed and watched. What
strange kind of bull was that? Asked Cowboy Jim.
That wasn't a bull, it was a rhinoceros, Kio
told them. I'm sorry he said, in my excitement
to be back home i've forgotten some of the
dangers. It's ok little pardner, it seems no
harm was done. The Chief called out to his
braves to return and little by little they came
out from their hiding. Cowboy Jim looked down at
Kio and gave him a wink. There be no sleeping
for them tonight. Kio put his hand over his
mouth to hide his snickering. A pack of hyenas
passed by the camp with their own sort of
Day break couldn't come soon enough for the
braves and when it did there
was a brief argument as Cowboy Jim prepared a
smal fire for coffee. Kio
assured them it was safe.
Soon they were back in the saddle and by noon
they reached the water hole. Cowboy Jim leaped
from his horse and dove straight into the water.
WAIT!!! cried Kio. But before Cowboy Jim could
hear him he was under the water. When he rose
up, wiping the water from his face, Kio screamed
for him to get out of the water. Cowboy Jim
stood up waist deep in water, What's the matter
little pardner? I thought this water was safe
for bathing? But before he could take another
step something grabbed Cowboy Jim by the legs
and he went under. Kio and the indians looked
horrified as blood began to fill the water. With
a spash, Cowboy Jim appeared with his legs
caught in the mouth of a giant crocodile. As
Cowboy Jim reached for his knife the crocodile
twisted and began to do a death roll. The water
began to swirl faster and faster creating a
whirlpool. Cowboy Jim fought the crocodile and
broke free but the whirlpool was getting bigger
and bigger. Kio picked up a stick and reached
out into the water. Grab
it Uncle Jim! Grab it! Cowboy Jim grabbed the
stick but the current was too strong and before
anyone could realize what was happening, Cowboy
Jim and Kio were sucked into the whirlpool and
vanished under the water.
A few moments later they both came splashing up
to the surface and made
their was back to land and just layed there,
both tired and weak. It was several
minutes before Kio noticed that they were alone.
Chief Running Bull and his braves along with all
the horses were gone. Kio called out to them but
there was no answer. Where can they be Uncle
Jim? I don't know Kio but I reckin it's best we
move away from this water hole if it's ok with
you. The wounds to Cowboy Jim's legs weren't as
bad as it seemed. Ripping his shirt he bandaged
them best he could and they moved on.
Why would they leave us and take our horses
Uncle Jim? I don't understand? Perhaps they were
frightened away like last night at the camp and
this time not wanting to come back Cowboy Jim
said. Cowboy Jim knew what happened but
wasn't ready to tell Kio yet. He noticed that
there were no tracks anywhere to be found but
those made by him and Kio.
They walked aways, both not talking, lost in
their own thoughts when they came to a clearing
and stopped dead in their tracks. Their eyes
grew big and both shook their heads and rubbed
their eyes as if not believing what they were
seeing. There in the clearing was a herd of
beasts Cowboy Jim have never seen before and Kio
only read about in books. They must've stood 150
feet tall and were as big as a mountain.
DINOSAURS!!! Kio said with both excitement and
fear in his voice. We
traveled back in time Uncle Jim!
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