“Oh, my Ganesha, Ellie!” Twiggy stared at her friend. “What did you do to your ears?”
Ellie turned her head from side to side. “Don’t you like them? I saved up and got tattooed for my birthday.”
Twiggy trunked up some honeysuckle, chewed, and swallowed. “They’re very colorful, but I don’t understand why you’d want to change your natural elephant beauty.”
“Because of the butterfly effect,” Ellie explained. “The idea is that I can have a large effect upon the world by simply fluttering my ears. Isn’t that cool?”
“That’s ridiculous,” Twiggy scoffed. “Flutter now and see what happens.”
Ellie fluttered, and the sky stayed cloudy, the birds kept chirping in the trees, and a crocodile crawled out of the river right on schedule. “Maybe you’re right, Twigs. Let’s go hang at the Giraffe Patch. I don’t like the way Crocky is staring at us.”
As the elephants lumbered off, a lion caught the scent of honeysuckle that Ellie’s ears had rippled through the air. Ick, he thought, I hate sweets, and he scampered away from the area. Soon he encountered a truck full of tourists aka lunch. But they screamed and banged pans, which annoyed him, so he ran back and ate a gazelle that his wife had prepared earlier.
On the truck, a woman said to her fiancé, “That was a close one. And why were you hiding under the blanket while the rest of us were scaring off the lion?”
“I uh was looking for a gun,” the man replied.
“We don’t have guns! You know that.”
Disgusted with his cowardice, she broke their engagement and married Oleksandr Zelensky instead.
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