“I think I must think about thinking about going home,” Obby said.
“I think you should think about thinking of staying longer,”Bobby said to Obby.
“What do you think?” Bobby asked Rudy.
“I was thinking if Obby had thought about how he was going to get back to Hermanus.”
“No I haven’t thought about that,” said Obby, “that’s why I said I should start thinking about thinking about going back home.”
“But you didn’t think about coming to England when you left Hermanus on the whale’s tail,” replied Rudy.
“Thats right, I just climbed on Elphick’s tail, without thinking where we were going. And then I didn’t think when I told him to go a different route which made him cross, and then he flung me on the ship to England. And here I am with you two Bears in London. And to think this all happened without a thought,” Obby said with great pride.
“I think this time you should have a plan, a well thought out plan about how you are going to get back home,” Rudy told Obby.
“I don’t want him to go” said Bobby.
“I don’t want him to go either,but if Obby is thinking about thinking about thinking of going home, maybe he thinks it’s time to go home.”
“Is that true?” Bobby said.
Obby took Bobby’s hand, “I have to go home sometime, Hermanus is my home, like London is yours.”
Obby could see Bobby was sad.
“But that doesn’t mean I won’t be back, or that we will never see each other again,” Obby told his friend.
“Are you going back on the same ship?” asked Rudy.
“When I start thinking about thinking of going back, I will be thinking of flying back” said Obby.
“I think we must all stop thinking about thinking,” said Bobby.
They all agreed to stop thinking immediately. And sat quietly thinking about not thinking and while they were all busy with their own thoughts on how to stop thinking about thinking the strangest thing happened! A BIG bird swooped down from the sky and before they knew what was happening Obby was in the air.
“Look,” shouted Obby down to his friend’s, “I’m flying.”
And there he was in the air with his arms flapping away while the Big Bird held him tightly in his strong claws, as they swirled and swooped high in the sky.
“It’s beautiful up here, I can see the whole of London,” he shouted down to the bears. “This is so exciting. Should I ask him to give you a ride too?”
“No, please don’t.” Bobby shouted back.
“Phew” said Rudy, luckily he didn’t grabbed us, because we don’t like heights.
“Mr Big Bird, are you going to Hermanus?”
“I don’t fly to South Africa, the swallows do,” he mumbled.
“I don’t suppose you have their number on you perhaps?”
Mr Big Bird didn’t answer, he wasn’t the friendliest of birds.
“So where are you going?” Obby asked.
“I’m going to the sea.”
“That’s nice. I hope you have a lovely time. Just drop me off where you picked me up and you can be on your way” he said.
“No” said Mr Big Bird, “I’m taking you with me and I’m going to drop you in the sea.”
“Now that’s not very nice, I don’t say horrible things to you-like I’m going to pull your feathers out so you fall from the sky. Do I?”
“I’ve got instructions to drop you into the sea,” said Mr Big Bird.
“Whose instructing you to do such a horrible thing?”
“It’s a big fella named Elphick” said Mr Big Bird, “He said, he’s come to take you back home.”
“What’s he look like?”
“He’s a big Southern Right Whale, with a white patch above his right eye.”
“That’s right,” said Obby. “So why does he want you to drop me in the water and not on his tail?”
“Because he said you must ask permission to board otherwise you won’t learn that he is the captain and that he decides where to go and not you! He mentioned something about a big ship, but I can’t remember what he said. It was a bit of a long story and I wasn’t really listening because I was thinking what I should have for lunch- I’m a bit bored of fish.”
Obby couldn’t believe it. Elphick had come to take him home.He really was a true and trusted friend.
“I have to say goodbye to my friends first.”
“You must be quick,we have a long flight,”said Mr Bird.
Obby was returning home on the WHALE’S TAIL. He was happy.