The thumping and banging on the top of the package surprised me. I had just picked up the mail from the mailbox and was carrying it in to the house. Then I heard the groaning. What was this? The noise was coming from the package. Then I heard the bangs, scrapes, and thumps.
Slitting the tape and peeking in to the square See's Candy box carefully, I jumped at least two feet when a throaty, gravelly voice croaked, "Ack! Eww! Awwk! I thought I'd never survive the flight!" Two brown eyes squinted at me from a seaweed green face. "Have you ever been airsick? It ain't pretty!" Quickly, I opened the white package, pulled away the tissue paper and stared.
It was a green sheep. I mean, it was a sort of white lamb dressed in a pink apron. But it was obviously a very nauseated, dizzy, greenish ewe lamb.
"Hello. Are you alright?" I was a little worried.
"No, I'm not alright! You wouldn't be either if you had been traveling in a jet cargo bin for hours and hours. How long does it take to get to Hollywood from Alaska?"
I thought a minute. "Several hours, I guess. Five or six, at least."
She opened one eye a little and surveyed the room.
"You have any lamb tonic?"
I considered and answered. "Well, I have lettuce, parsley and carrots in the garden. How about if I cook up a little soup?"
Lulu Lamb looked surprised. "Do movie stars and celebrities have gardens?"
"I don't know about celebrities. I have a garden. My name is Willow."
Gazing around her, Lulu sat up and immediately flopped over on her side. The groaning, moaning and hacking resumed. Obviously, Lulu was still a little jet lagged.
I ran to the kitchen and pulled some lettuce leaves, newly picked carrots and a few pieces of parsley from the colander, washed them, and offered them to Lulu on a tray.
"Ya got any champagne?" she asked. "I thought every movie star drank the bubbly all day long."
"Water. I have water. Or tea. Are you feeling better now, dear?"
"Right, mate! I'm feeling just fine now. Ready for some fun! Let's hit The Strip, Baby! I love Hollywood!"
The Strip? Hollywood? Yeah, I was not prepared for this...
I was just a quiet teacher married to an even quieter professor, and we didn't live in Hollywood. What was I going to do with a wild Lulu Lamb in LaLa-Land?