“DANNY,” yelled Judy. “Why are we here?”
“You want the philosophical answer? Like from Nietzsche?”
“Arrrggggg! The war was about to start, and now we’re….HERE when we sHould be THERE!”
“You mean in your story?” asked the cat, obviously confused.
“No, at the castle! My Knight, Baby, Rusty, Abby, Joseph, Rosy, Runway, Roland, all the rhinos and the fox. The Rhino Riders. Why are we HERE, when we should be THERE?”
Someone was pounding at the door. “Judy, open up,” said Alice.
“What?” asked Judy, throwing open the door.
“There’s a rhinoceros wearing a skirt out in front. There’s a note pinned to the waste band asking for you. Is it your birthday?”
Judy pushed past Alice and ran downstairs. Danny yawned, turned over, and started going back to sleep.
Rosy was standing on the sidewalk, drawing a lot of attention. Even in New York, people don’t usually see a rhinoceros wearing a pink skirt just hanging around waiting for someone.
“Oh, Rosy,” said Judy, throwing her arms around her. “Can you take me back to the castle?”
“Where are we?” snorted Rosy.
“How did we get here?”
“No idea, but we need to get back to where we were.”
“Where did all these people come from?”
“They live here,” said Judy, frantically. “Look, Rosy, the war is about to begin, we need to get home. Can you take Danny and me back?”
“I don’t know,” said Rosy. “I don’t know where this is, so I don’t know how to get someplace else, from here.”
“You can’t stay out here,” said Judy, leading her into the building’s foyer. Someone will call Animal Control and they’ll take you away.”
“DANNY,” screamed Judy. “GET DOWN HERE NOW. I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME!”
The cat sauntered down the stairs, took one look at Rosy and said, “You’ve got to be kidding?”
“We’re leaving,” said Judy, grabbing him.
“We are?” said Danny and Rosy at the same time.
“Rosy,” said Judy, “You absolutely have to find a way to get us to the castle. And you have to do it now,” she said, climbing onto her back. “Danny, your claws are tearing into me.”
Rosy rose a few inches off the ground and landed again.
“Oh, for rhino’s sake,” said Judy. She closed her eyes and pictured her Knight, still in the air. She held Danny tightly and leaned forward, against Rosy. She started pouring her energy into being back in the air at the castle, and just as two cops were opening the doors to the foyer…Rosy, Judy and Danny…disappeared.
“Don’t say a thing,” said the first officer.
“But,” said the second one
“I mean it. Don’t say anything to anyone, or they’ll send you for a psych exam.”
Rosy, Judy and Danny were flying. They didn’t know exactly where they were going, but they were going.