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By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every little thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, apart from something she's regularly sought after: a sister. available in the market in the future, Tua makes an unintended acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, impressive energy, and a truly curious trunk. And whilst Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it really is transparent this elephant wishes her support. jointly, the weird staff units off on a amazing trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening industry to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and eventually, to the sanctuary of an elephant shelter, this shrewdpermanent lady and her cherished significant other locate that correct below their noses is strictly what each one has been looking for: a pal.

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Open up,” he ordered the gatekeeper. Seksan the gatekeeper checked out Fudge the puppy. Fudge assumed a crouch, bared his enamel, and raised the hairs on his razorback. “Have you were given an appointment? ” requested Seksan. “They’ll expect me,” Nak responded. “Wait there. ” Seksan stepped contained in the guardhouse to make a choice. A second later he all started elevating the gatepost. Nak popped the snatch and, spitting gravel, the motorbike reared up like a stallion. Then it dropped to the floor, lurched ahead, and ducked less than the half-raised gatepost with Nak crouching over the handlebars. Nang used to be hunched within the sidecar like a toadstool. The chocolate-coated puppy with the razorback fell in at the back of them, baying a caution to the opposite sanctuary canines. Elephants started lumbering towards the most development from all instructions, amassing right into a unmarried herd. A swarm of wasps shadowed the bike like a gloomy cloud, and Nang hunched decrease in his seat. Then a couple of mynahs dove throughout their course and Nak swerved right into a ditch, got here up at the different facet, and approximately collided with a row of water buffaloes. He veered backtrack into the trench and got here up fishtailing onto the line back. After gaining regulate of the motorbike, he aimed it on the development forward and gunned the engine. Scattering chickens and ducks, they got here to a skidding halt on the finish of the driveway to the most development. Nak killed the motor, peeled off his helmet, and glared on the mob that stood earlier than him. He dismounted and started strolling down the size of them, examining all in their faces. He stopped in entrance of Mae Noi. “I’ve come to gather my property,” he sneered. Then he leaned into Mae Noi’s face and, with out removal his eyes from hers, raised his arm and pointed at Pohn-Pohn. Tua and Pohn-Pohn took steps again as though the finger had reached around the distance and tapped them on their foreheads. Why hadn’t they run once they had the opportunity? “We have proof that you’ve been mistreating this elephant,” Mae Noi acknowledged. “Evidence,” Nak scoffed. “It’s my estate. I’ll deal with it any approach i love. ” “I may possibly file you—” “You’re harboring a thief,” he spat. “You’re in ownership of stolen estate. who're you going to document me to? The experts? The experts are on my facet. You’re the single breaking the legislations. that will preserve that elephant, then you’ve received to pay me for it. 400 thousand baht. ” Tua and Pohn-Pohn took extra steps again. “I have the appropriate to maintain this elephant for so long as it takes us to behavior checks and—” “I’m taking that elephant now, and there’s not anything you are able to do approximately it. simply attempt to cease me. ” He scanned the faces searching for a challenger. “No,” Kanchanok advanced. “Go again for your dust wallow, buffalo boy,” Nak tousled. Then he referred to as over his shoulder to Nang. “Bring me the chain and ankus. ” Nang climbed out of the sidecar, pulled off his bubble helmet, spit a feather out of his mouth, and reached at the back of the seat for the chain and hooked spike. As he was once slinging the heavy chain over his shoulder, a ginger-haired farang stepped out of the group.

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