One day I was walking along the river bank with two of my oldest friends, Auntie Gretchen’s Angel Bisket and Auntie Judi’s angel 12. We saw, lying on the grass, a stinky, orange blob. I wanted to avoid it, but Bisket has always had an inquisitive mind. He poked at the blob with his paw.
“Excuse me!” the blob said. Bisket ran behind 12, a huge Newfoundland, and I jumped on the big dog’s back.
“What the hell is that?” I asked to no one.
“I am Ollie, the octopus,” the blob said. “A short while ago, I minded my own business floating in the ocean when a stupid shark bit me in two. The shark said I was going to be fine, soon I would be at Rainbow Beach, but instead, I ended up in this stupid river.”
12 laid down so I could get off of him. “I have been at the Bridge a long time and have never heard of Rainbow Beach,” I said, slowly approaching the blob.
“Well, I never heard of Rainbow Bridge,” Ollie answered. “We were told all ocean animals go to Rainbow Beach. I haven’t heard from you land animals. I never met any until now.”
I walked closer to the stinky thing. “I think when you passed over the Great Old Dogs did not know if you were a land blob or an ocean blob, so they sent you to the land by mistake. Now we have to figure out how to get you to Rainbow Beach.”
“I am not a blob,” Ollie said.
“Have you ever looked in a mirror?” Bisket asked.
I think the blob was angry but who could tell?
“We’ve never found it before,” 12 said. “Why don’t we just put him in the river and he can swim there?”
“Yuch!” the blob yelled. “I am not going into that bilge. I need salt water. I would rather live on land.”
I was starting to figure out why the shark ate this snarky octopus. “Maybe we can find Rainbow Beach if we look hard enough,” 12 said. We all agreed to help Ollie find him forever home.
We started walking when we heard Ollie behind us. “Excuse me, someone is going to have to carry me, I don’t have any legs, you know.”
We looked at one another. We loved all of God’s creatures, but this thing was gross. “I am too small to carry it,” I said.
“And I have a hankering for calamari,” Bisket barked.
12 knew it would be up to him. He has always been a kind soul. He offered to carry the slimy weight. It was hard to get the blob situated on 12, but finally, Ollie was safely on his back, and we began walking along the river.
Suddenly a long, ugly snake-like creature climbed out of the river. “What you got on your back?” it asked.
We ignored the water snake. They are very untrustworthy. But the blob, who was proving to be a bother, began jabbering about Rainbow Beach. The snake said he was an eel and could swim in both fresh and saltwater. He promised to show us the way to the Beach. Ollie insisted we go. My friends and I discussed what we should do. We decided to cautiously trust the eel.
“Can we walk along the river bank?” Bisket asked.
“No, you have to get in the water,” the eel said.
Yuck! But we had promised to try and find Rainbow Beach, so we all got in except for Ollie who refused to put a tentacle in freshwater We moved slowly through the river. I climbed on Bisket when the water got too high. Ollie continued to complain about our pace until 12 shook him off and he flew into the river. “Actually, it isn’t that bad,” the chagrined octopus said.
The eel led us to a small tributary that after a couple of twists turned into a wild sea. We were lifted by the waves and tossed on to the beach where penguins, dolphins sharks and whales were all basking in the sun. “Dogs!” one of the sharks yelled in terror, and they all slithered into the sea in fear.
Ollie yelled to them that we were not a threat and we, with the eel, had helped him find Rainbow Beach. The eel was hiding under a rock. One of the whales returned to shore and tossed the rock aside. “How could you lead the leg walkers to our Beach?” the whale asked.
“I’m an eel, it’s what I do,” it said then slithered away.
I stepped up. “I am sorry we have invaded your secret place,” I said. “I am sure we would be intimidated if whales, sharks and sea lions came swimming up the river. I know we have different lifestyles, but I am sure we can live in peace and be an example for mortal humans.”
A shark, whale and sea lion discussed our proposal then turned to us. “We agree, we shall have peace between our groups, and we will send emissaries between our lands.
Now come to join us for a feast.” We sat on the beach with them and happily ate a seafood buffet. Like with the Bridge food, what we ate quickly regenerated in the ocean and joined us, although they did not eat themselves.
Then we swam with the dolphins, played on the whales, and frolicked with the penguins. It was like a whole new world had opened to us. When the sun was setting, we swam out to the tributary and found out way back to the Bridge. We couldn’t wait to tell our friends about Rainbow Beach.
Thanks to Bisket and 12 our immortal world got bigger with more adventures ahead of us.