Harriet kept drinking while Boon looked around.
â€śThis stable looks like a good place.â€ť
â€śI hope no one lives in here,â€ť whispered Harriet.
â€śHide under this hay and get some sleep,â€ť said Boon.
Before you could spell HIPPOPOTAMUS, they were both fast asleep.
The next morning, Boon and Harriet heard voices.
â€śWhat can you see?â€ť asked Harriet.
â€śThree men are bowing of a box of hay,â€ť said Boon.
Harriet tried not to giggle.
â€śWait,â€ť said Boon. â€śThereâ€™s a Baby in the box.â€ť
Harriet was puzzled. â€śDo people eat babies for breakfast?â€ť
â€śDonâ€™t be silly,â€ť said Boon.
â€śThe men are giving presents,â€ť explained Boon.
â€śAre they trying to buy the Baby?â€ť said Harriet.
â€śNo more silly questions. I canâ€™t hear what theyâ€™re saying.â€ť
â€śWith these gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh we worship you, O King of all Kings. Your star told us you were here. Wise men said You would come to save us from our sins and show us the way to God. We worship you.â€ť
Suddenly, a servant ran in. â€śKing Herodâ€™s soldiers have been snooping around.â€ť
â€śThen we better leave,â€ť said one of the men. â€śI donâ€™t trust Herod.â€ť
After the men left, Joseph looked at his wife.
â€śMary, an angel of the Lord spoke to me in a dream last night. He said we have to go to Egypt. Herod wants to kill the Baby.â€ť
â€śThen we better leave too,â€ť she said.
â€śWhere are they going on that donkey?â€ť asked Harriet.
â€śIâ€™ll tell you later,â€ť said Boon. â€śWe have to go too.â€ť
A cloud of dust appeared near the town just as they reached some rocks. Suddenly, they heard horses snorting, men yelling, women screaming and babies crying. Harriet and Boon were so scared that they stayed hidden for the whole day and all that night.
â€śWake up Harriet. The soldiers have gone,â€ť yelled Boon.
Harriet opened her eyes to see Boon staring straight at her.
â€śStop doing that, Boon.â€ť
â€śListen,â€ť said Boon. â€śI know how we can get back home.â€ť
â€śHome! How?â€ť she demanded.
If you like this book, look out for the sequel â€“ Hippo in the Garden â€“ which will soon be available at this site.