It was dark.  The sky was already twinkling with stars in the lavender-hued sky.

Padmini was lost.  Padmini was a young Asian elephant.  She could not find her mother, Noor, or the rest of her herd.  She had already looked in the bamboo grove.  There were only a few monkeys scampering about.  “Have you seen any elephants?” she had asked hopefully.

“No, there are no elephants in here,” one small monkey had replied.

“Thank you,” Padmini said.  She moved down the trail.  Let me try looking in the grasslands, she thought to herself.

The grasslands were a favorite gathering place for the herd.  Her grandmother, Amala, the Pure One, was the herd’s leader.  Perhaps she had led them there to have an evening meal.  Padmini’s favorite mango fruit could also be found there.

She rounded the bend that the path took towards the grassy plain and came face to face with Minnie, the Mynah bird.  She and Minnie were great friends.

Padmini was so happy to see a familiar face.

“Minnie!” she exclaimed, “Have you seen my herd?”

 Minnie smiled warmly at her friend but answered that she had not.  “I’m sorry, Padmini,” she said.  “I can’t stop and help you look for your herd; I have an important flight to make.”  And with that, she quickly flew off.

 Padmini felt even more lost now–and alone.  She walked on with her head held down.  Not even the lovely, full moon and the cool breeze of the night could lift her spirits.

 She could clearly see the outline of the grassy plain ahead with the shining brightness of the moon’s light.  She could not see her family.  Now, she began to feel quite worried.

Padmini continued on for a short distance, feeling very glum.  But then, from the dark shadows under the stand of banana trees, the outline of a massive animal caught her attention.  As it moved slowly into the moonlit edge of the forest, she recognized it as Kanja, the Water Buffalo.   He too was known to her family–she knew she could trust him.

She began to tell her story of being separated from her family and how frightened she was but then stopped suddenly as she spotted something in the distance.   A small, white, fluffy object was bounding towards her.  It was Misha!  Misha was the puppy that lived at the nearby wildlife camp with the nice humans.  She and Misha had recently become friends.

“Padmini!” Misha cried, “Your herd has been looking all over for you!”  “Where have you been?”  “They’re all just over the hill at the watering hole!” she continued.  “Come on, I’ll show you the way!”

Padmini was filled with delight!  She threw her trunk high in the air and gave a long, relieved trumpet!  She could hear her entire family as they answered back with their own joyful trumpeting and low rumbles in response.  As she ran to join them, she vowed that she would never let them out of her sight again!


My entry for Bluebell Books:  Short Story Slam Week Six–Children’s Literature

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  1. Nice one. A well written and entertaining story!


  2. Aw, very sweet! So glad it had a happy ending! 🙂 This was written very well – I was thinking as I read that it would make a good children’s book.


    • It was for that Children’s Literature prompt over there at Bluebell Books. So I hope it was suitable for children! I don’t know what age though.

      That’s a nice thing to say–thank you.


  3. What a nice story!


  4. Gayle: Are you kidding…you think I will not love this story…Up until the 50s elephants were all over the highlands…even the 70s…they have begun to repopulate them…
    I loved this story…sooooooooooooooo cute.
    Sometimes I feel like Padmini
    hugs and plenty of big hugs for VOI! (elephant in Viet)



    • Well, I’m so glad you do love it. I love elephants!

      I’m glad that the population is making a comeback on the Central Highlands. That is good news!

      Lots of hugs,


  5. Excellent! I just came from another writer’s blog and he had an elephant story, too! Then I noticed the link at the bottom, Gayle. This would make and awesome children’s book. The imagery is strong and the travels from animal to animal are interesting.


    • That picture was the prompt to write about–so there must be several elephant stories floating around out there. I do love elephants. Maybe I should try my hand at writing for children. That really sounds appealing to me.

      Thank you, Leslie–for your lovely comment for me.


  6. Gayle, this was a very entertaining story, just right for children. There are several lessons embedded that children could learn while being entertained.


  7. Lovely story and it ends well 🙂 Happy rally!


  8. Wonderful just wonderful 🙂


  9. This is such a lovely story for children ~ and it was so appropriate to include the mynah bird and water buffalo too … showing that all these different creatures are friends !


    • Thanks so much, Mish. I’ve seen so many true-life stories of different animal species being friends–I just love those stories myself. 🙂


  10. A lovely entry. You are very versatile as a writer. I can’t write stories yet but you do a good job of sharing the innocence of her journey and her adventure ~


    • I’m trying to branch out and use some of the great writing prompts out there to get my creativity working–it does help.

      I started out writing some memoir stories of my life and then went from there. Still so much to learn…

      Thanks for your kind words–I really appreciate them.


  11. Before I read this was for the Children’s Lit prompt – I thought this would make a great story for kids … very engaging … you pulled me into the story from the beginning. 🙂 Great job, Gayle!!


    • Thanks so much, Becca–that’s so nice of you to say. It seems to be easier for me to use a prompt for a story than to try and pull one out of my own head! 🙂

      Thank you, again. 🙂


  12. Kids will love this story 🙂


  13. You are not alone … but I consider whatever works as fuel for the creativity fires! 🙂


  14. Awww what a lovely story and a beautiful happy ending!


    • I just thought that I couldn’t leave that poor, little elephant all alone out there in the world–now could I? 🙂


  15. wow…

    you truly got talent here, very well told story.
    it sounds real natural yet exciting…love the happy ending.


    • Thank you, Jingle. I couldn’t pass up that cute picture for the prompt. I’m really glad that you liked it. 🙂


  16. Wonderful! I love the “real-life” feel of this story! Well done!

    Here is my attempt:


  17. A story with a happy end. Lovely! Brilliant execution of the image challenge! Thank you for appreciating a post at my blog!


    • Well thank you, Blaga.

      Wasn’t that woman amazing though–I was really impressed with her–it was nice of you to showcase her on your blog.


  18. this is super cute 🙂
    esp loved the name misha.


    • Thank you, Trisha. I used that name in tribute to your beloved dog, Misha. I hope you didn’t mind. It’s a beautiful name.


  19. A.B. Thomas

     /  July 24, 2011

    Fantastic story!


  20. This is a wonderful story! My kiddos love the names of the characters
    — me too 🙂


  21. This is so adorable. I could see many a grandparent reading this to their grandchild.

    I am so happy that Padmini found his family. The story makes you want to go find them for him. It is very engaging and does more than pull you into the story; it tugs at your heartstrings. I loved it.

    YES … do write more about children stories. You have a touch.

    Izzy xoxox

    P.S. The names are so appropriate for the characters.


    • What lovely compliments, Izzy–thank you so much. I could not have Padmini wandering around lost–children’s stories have to end happily!

      I did some research on Asian/Indian names.

      Namaste and hugs,


  22. What a dear story, Gayle. You held my interest and sympathy all the way through. Good job …. Big smiles ….


  23. Sweet! I’m a sucker for a happy ending 🙂


  24. Pushpee

     /  July 29, 2011

    Lovely! lovely!! loved it :))


  25. incredible…you have huge potentials, keep it up.

    hope to see you join week 7 prompt again.



  26. Thank you for the participation award! It was my pleasure. xoxo


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