Part 5 of 7
“They’ll just follow us to our homes if we ran,” the dog agreed.
The iguana was busy eyeing all the rhino feet and did not reply.
The lion opened its jaws wide. “Charge!” he roared.
Everyone was holding back. That is, everyone but the skunks. The brave creatures
raced down the hill with their tails raised and shot straight into the rhino camp.
Before the rhinos could collect their wits, they were choking in a most unwelcome
and disgusting smell.
A skunk turned around and looked up the hill. All the animals were staring back
with their paws covering their noses.
“A little help, please?” she asked exasperatedly.
The rest charged down the hill. The Rainbow Animals fought bravely, but by now it
was sheer pandemonium. More and more rhino reinforcements rushed into battle, swarming
like angry ants. There must have been a thousand of them. The tide soon turned.
Frightened, the iguana hid under a rock. The rest of the Rainbow Animals were hauled
away and thrown into the rhinos’ dungeon.
“Ha ha ha, to think the Rainbow Animals came to us!” hooted the rhino chief. “The
The rhinos trooped back into their castle to celebrate with a gigantic feast. The
drawbridge began to rise.
The iguana peeked out from under his rock and said to himself, “Who cares if I get
trampled on? Why, if I was so scared, I might as well have not been born at all.”
He summoned his courage and ran as fast as his little legs could carry him toward
the castle. As he got to the moat, the iguana lost hope. The drawbridge was now
more than halfway up. He couldn’t jump that high. Just then, there was the sound
of something breaking. Down, down, down the drawbridge fell! It landed right on
top of the iguana. Now he was as flat as a bug.
“I knew it would happen,” the iguana muttered.