All three of them looked at each other and the tails started swishing. Was Hank drunk? Could hippos get drunk? Was it pawsible?
The funny thing was Joey meowed it first, “Are you drunk?” he asked.
That’s when Hank started giving that rumbling laugh. “You’re a good kid,” he said. “Don’t worry. We’ll figure this out. What part of the island are these dopey ‘burds’ on?”
Joey gave the logistics in about five meows. Hank took it all in with interest. In the meantime, Casey was again wishing that Captain Jack’s boat would automatically pop-up. “Do you have any idea what happened with Captain Jack’s ship?” he asked Hank.
That’s when Hank got a really sick expression on his face. “Oh boy,” he said.
The Mayor got panicky. “Whatz happened? Oh no didz they findz Tippy? Tippy’s dead, isn’t he?”
Hank’s eyes got as big as dinner plates. “No- no- I don’t know anything about that,” he said. “The ship- I’m just thinking about the ship.”
Joey was getting into this now. “What happened to the ship??” he asked.
“It disappeared!” Hank exclaimed.
“Disappeared?” Casey and the Mayor meowed together.
Hank nodded. “It’s gone!”