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Well done. Mathes' story has just the right mix of character development and plot to carry the reader through the solid "feel good" ending. Could easily be expanded into a novel.
Oh, I love this story. I love the character, her feelings, her voice. Thanks.
Thanks for an inspiring story. I love all underdogs. Well paced with a sweet ending.
I agree with Sandra. I feel as though there were blackmail elements to it as well, which made it simply more delicious. The hippo appears harmless until the moment before it kills you. Beautiful!
Jerry, you've composed a graceful, well-rounded storyline with characters who capture one's heart. The fairytale ending seems just and made this reader's heart feel as floatingly hopeful as a wading hippo.