“OK Miss Bell, you can calm down now, the ambulance is on it’s way, you’ll be in the hospital very soon”
“Ttthhhannnkyou” the hapless Miss Bell sobbed and stuttered.
“It’s alright, hush now, you’re going to be fine” The young woman had been clinging to him like a limpet to a rock for the last 20 minutes and he was fast running out of platitudes. He wasn’t helped by the fact that he’d lost all feeling in his right arm where he’d been cradling her. He tried to shift his position slightly but she just tightened her grip, he sighed and tried to keep hold of his fast dwindling patience.
“Miss Bell, please” The incessant sniveling was really beginning to get on his nerves.
‘Oh, for heaven’s sake, how many times was she going to say that!’ He tried not to roll his eyes.
“Yes, I know but you didn’t. Miss Bell, honestly you’re going to be fine; look, here’s the ambulance now”
‘Thank God for that’ he thought as he eased Miss Bell up into standing, thereby relieving his aching muscles.
“Alright love, we’re here now, can someone tell me what happened please” The paramedic took calm control immediately.
“Um, well, Miss Bell had an encounter with a tiger..it was only a baby” he added hurriedly “There are notices everywhere warning the public not to enter the enclosure but she just………” He tailed off and look at the incredulous faces of the two paramedics.
“Miss Bell” one of them said “I have to ask, what on earth possessed you?”
“He……he….was..so…little and he….he…just…looked so…….forlorn, I wanted….to….hug….hiiiimmmmmmm” The last word turned into a pitiful wail and she threw herself into the arms of the paramedic.
A tiny tale written in response to Fandango’s one word prompt.