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  • So Shaka, after the legendary Zulu warrior king, so he'll grow up to be a great leader for the herd.

  • This spike this early this night has barely trials.

  • Just like Shaq, with his own art to.

  • Artie was one of several animals in the shame to bury, which was a sort of hospital holding area for new arrivals before they were relocate.

  • Hated to the main game reserve at present, 10 Eye and Simpson, a wizened, white haired man who looked at least 100 and four years old, were tending to Jack that had been hit by court and have a leg in a cast and an orphaned baby.

  • Bush Bush Baby.

  • The bush baby was one of the sweetest creatures Martine had ever seen, with huge brown eyes in a tiny great ab like faced a human, a long curling tail and paws like a koala made for climbing.

  • One of Martine's chores was to make sure the sanctuary animals have water morning and evening, and she had also been allowed to be chuck of three times.

  • Once one, she was giggling at his wobbly gay and pink mouth, groping at his milk pill.

  • She'd got her grandmother watching her and image an image.

  • Erratic, almost pleased expression, watching her express watching her within in magic, almost pleased expression.

  • But even on the occasions when she seemed to be making an effort to be nice, Martine still couldn't shake the feeling that her grandmother didn't want to be, didn't want her to be there much for her frustration.

  • She hadn't yet been allowed into the game reserve herself.

  • Martine consoled herself with the at least she could help see the wildlife.

  • Their defense should have voted all of her space over her spare time to read reading up on Animals and the book she found in her rip.

  • She had been fascinated by the fact she learned about drops.

  • For instance, the spots on each draft are as unique as fingerprints.

  • No two are alike and also their next our very long.

  • They have the same number, their brains as other mammals.

  • Other mammals.

  • No.

  • Where did she find any mention of what drops it was?

  • The animal stop made Martine's life bearable.

  • She never imagined she would live in a place with wines at the bottom of the garden at night.

  • When they were hunting, she could hear their spine tingling war wars and just knowing she was so close to unbelievable, thrilling, curiously creatures of all shapes and sizes, scene and and excessively to know when, when she needed a fun take her grandmother's cats, Warrior and Shelby.

  • They show no interest and Martina, all except when she was feeling miserable and then she would.

  • And then she could hardly move, rubbing them against her leg and clamoring to steep on her bed.

  • And just know on two occasions the Bab appeared in the garden when she'd have a awful day at school and perform.

  • So Manny.

  • Then she performed so many funny antics that she got a cramp from laughing.

  • The second time it happened, Tendai came to the house on an errand.

  • While Martine was watching them, he crept beside her and said teasingly, So little one.

  • This is what you get when you are supposed to be doing your homework.

  • Martine was spluttered, spluttering, an excuse when he cut her off with a chuckle.

  • He told her that according to Zuba folk lore, the baboons had been lays a failed hands.

  • Instead of removing leads from the crops, they spent their days sitting on there, Stop it, Goddess gossiping or sleeping in the sunshine.

  • They sat there so long for so long that eventually there hosts became tails and the weeds attached to themselves to their body and became here.

  • You better watch out, tend, I said.

  • If you sit there too long without doing her homework, you might tip and you will have to put you and we will have to put you in the game reserve, he grinned over her shoulder.

  • Isn't that right, Miss Thomas?

  • Martine's swung around well, guilty to find her grandmother's shaking with murder for blue eyes dancing.

  • Tendai Gwyn Thomas Manger manage At last, you're pure gold.

  • But none of this stopped Martine from lying awake at night, aching for her mom and death, or from wondering about the secrets of SAB Luna.

  • After nearly three weeks on the game reserve, she was convinced that Grace was right.

  • There was a wall of silence at Simba.

  • Everything she asked about was meant with the same blank response a white do.

  • Raph explained her grandmother when Martine mentioned the tell tend, I had told her as a a white giraffe could go missing up as some Bwana, but 10 Dime said he saw some tracks.

  • Martine.

  • If there If there was a giraffe in this game reserve, don't you think that tune die?

  • Who can track the path of a python across the bare rock?

  • What have found it?

  • By now, Martine had to admit met.

  • Her grandmother had a point, but there were other secrets at some Bouna.

  • For starters, there was a mystery of why your grandmother, I was on a mission to keep her out of the game reserve, and there was no question that that that was what was going on.

  • Sub Luna was a probably reserved owned by her green, but one.

  • But on weeks on week days, it was upon to tourists, tourists and visitors who pre booked appointments that were guarded around the game warden Alex Dupri's and Gwen Thomas.

  • Or so that still left weekends.

  • Yet there, every Saturday, her grandmother had thousands excuses for not for not for not along Martine to go into the reserve for may say shortage of staff in the late to river delivery of fuel to someone you wouldn't want tonight to run out of petrol.

  • When when we when a charging elephant was around, would you, Martine?

  • She had also overheard Glenn Thomas Mornington die Not Stig, Martine anywhere near Brace, to whom her grandmother began whispers and as the crazy old magic wall in quotes.

  • I won't have it, she told him.

  • I don't want to.

  • Her feeling Martine head Silly ideas.

  • Grace is out of bounds.

  • As Faras Martinez consumed.

  • All of this added to an air of security that Martine almost touch.

  • She snooped about as much as she could and eavesdrop on more one or more when one or two conversations.

  • But she discovered nothing that could answer her.

  • Biggest question.

  • Why had Mom never told me about Sumana?

  • She found several books belonging to Veronica on her bookshelf, and now Hearn now knew her mom had probably spent much of her life here.

  • But there was nothing to explain why she never pulled more teen about Norden.

  • Martine understand why her grandmother continued to maintain story science on the subject?

  • She found it odd that Gwen Thomas never once said a word about her own daughter.

  • Even if she was still grieving one I would have.

  • I have thought she might occasionally say something like this was your mom saver mill.

  • Your mom loves to play the piano, but no, there was nothing.

  • There were plenty of voters off her grandfather.

  • A silver haired version of Harrison Ford with her mom.

  • Sparkling green eyes.

  • But none of her mom and dad, even though her grandmother had described him in her letter to social service is as the finest people I have ever known.

  • In quotes intend.

  • I who invented Lee?

  • I did know something about her.

  • Mom refused point blank to give her any information.

  • Please, Miss Martine.

  • Captain Singh.

  • You must actually grandmother.

  • One evening, when Glenn Thomas Same to be in a unusual good move, Martine plucked up the courage to do just that.

  • A huge storm raging outside and they had just ended.

  • A grandmother.

  • Martine began before Mr Gryce wrote to you.

  • Did you know about me?

  • Course I did.

  • Martine Center.

  • Grandmother.

  • What kind of question is that then?

  • Why didn't I know about you?

  • That's your mother's business.

  • And none of yours.

  • Grandmother said her voice rising.

  • Your mother made decisions in order to protect you.

  • If you knew why she had done the things she did, you would be more grateful.

  • How can I be?

  • How can I be grateful?

  • One No.

  • One.

  • Well, tell me what's the truth, Martine?

  • Burst up, Martine Thunder.

  • I won't tolerate this.

  • Rumors go to bed at once.

  • 14.

  • Jumped.

  • Er, be buying.

  • I will go to bed.

  • But when I am going to find out the truth about my mom and everything else that's going going on around here and nobody is gonna stop me upstairs, Martine said on her bed, watching rain lashed the window.

  • It was pitch black outside.

  • Tears ran down her face.

  • She oh, she lost comes the number of times she had cried since she's moved up the way she could meet back in England.

  • Mrs Rose or Mr Miss Mrs Morrison.

  • But somehow she knew in her heart you exactly where she was meant to be.

  • In this while, amazing place with strange, hostile people.

  • Everything for Father.

  • I don't know.

  • Quotes happens for a reason.

  • Martine couldn't for the life of her mad of her life or her imagine what that reason could possibly be.

  • And why now?

  • She didn't care.

  • She just knew that she needed a friend outside.

  • The one slapped a thing around the house and the thunder craft is if 1000 boulders were breaking across the heavens.

  • Lightning split the sky.

  • Martine Gas.

  • A white draft was standing beside the water.

  • Who will it looking straight at her where split second, their eyes small side group in a slender young giraffe.

  • And then the sky went dark.

  • Martine Prester base against the glass, desperate to see a white geographic it, But it was impossible.

  • There was no moon in.

  • The rain was coming down and sheet Martine felt so crushed she could hardly breathe.

  • It was like getting the best present you would dream of a pony say, and then having it snatched away again before you even had a minute to enjoy it.

  • It was almost too much for her to bear.

  • She tried to pull herself together.

  • Has she seen the white?

  • Or hunches?

  • Could have been a trick of the light from this distance there.

  • Then something mostly ghostly about no lightning blue flicker.

  • It was instant if it had came a no no think, think go gloves.

  • But when she relieved that the instant of their I have met, she was certain.

  • The white, your office out there.

  • It have looked at her as though I was looking for her.

  • Martine, have a son, urged, rush out into the game park and find it.

  • Find the shy creature she knew there would be a terrible consequence.

  • She had been forbidden from ever going into the game.

  • Reserve by yourself and not even 10 dies would risk going in on foot after dark snakes, scorpions, lives, buffaloes and even leopards.

  • We're all on the proud at night, and many of them would be out.

  • Honey.

  • Martine For was as well aware that if she disobeyed the order, she could be attacked or gored or worse.

  • For a long time, she said the window trying to decide what to do.

  • She couldn't stop thinking about the way.

  • At last, she made up her mind.

  • She took off the shorts.

  • She changed.

  • She changed in and two after school and put on her jeans, boots, a navy blue school winter windbreaker behind the but case, she concealed the carved wooden box Mr Morrison had given her.

  • She removed.