What The Gorilla Saw

Ezra Azra

Copyright 2022 by Ezra Azra


Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash
Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

What the Circus gorilla saw across the open field of several hundred yards of wild vegetation, was a play in rehearsal in the backyard of a home, by four persons.

Of particular interest to the Circus animal in its cage, was the role of a gorilla. What the Circus animal performer could not know, of course, was that the gorilla in that distant backyard, was not a real gorilla. It was a person in a gorilla costume.

The Circus tents were pitched at one far end of town. Because of the wild-animal performances, there were only daytime shows throughout this school vacation month.

Teens, a set of identical quadruplets Noah, Noor, Jude, and Lourdes had undertaken to stage a play for their Summer camp group. During rehearsals, each one took a turn playing the gorilla in the plot. Because of other commitments, rehearsals could be in the evenings only. The fun was enhanced because the only backyard lighting they chose to work in was by flashlights. The best fun was in that the script was being improvised anew at each rehearsal. It was the random-moving lighting that caught the eye of the wild Circus animal several hundred yards away. The distance was too much for vocal sounds to be heard.

The Circus gorilla decided to make the acquaintance of that other gorilla it was seeing across the vegetation-crowded field. Getting out of its cage was not a problem.

Unknown to the Circus Management personnel, their simian, which they were proud to demonstrate at every performance to paying spectators, to have an exceptionally high intelligence quotient for a wild animal, had, in fact, an IQ higher than most ordinary politically voting humans.

Ever since it had been captured in the jungle when it was yet a cub, it secretly unlocked its cage door and roamed about freely. At a very early age it appreciated the benefits of being regarded as a genetically inferior species. It thoroughly enjoyed having its many whims being served, hand and foot, so to speak, by superior-thinking humans, as long as the whim was made to appear as having a higher intelligence expected in an inferior wild animal. It had to be careful about revealing so much information that would attract too much attention, that would result in it being housed where there would be less opportunity to be left alone. So much information, for example, like it already being able to read the name tags on all Circus person workers.

On an evening when the Circus was shut down, the gorilla decided to cross the field and take a closer look at that gorilla having fun in the close company of humans. It reached the backyard flower hedge, and camouflage-blended in, and watched. It would do this for the next four evenings of the rehearsals.

The works-in-progress plot the teens were experimenting with was about a family of four humans being surprise-visited by a gorilla that had strayed from a jungle. At each of the four evening rehearsals, three teens would invent ways to get the gorilla to follow them back to the jungle. The circus gorilla would not know about the gorilla-costume changes because those would occur inside the home.

Because the three were not relating to a real gorilla, but to one of them in a gorilla costume, quite often the interaction strayed into pure human-to-human interaction, sometimes, by accident, unpleasantly.

The circus gorilla spectator hidden in the hedge-bush fence at each evening's rehearsal, was really, really, enjoying the spectacle. It made particular effort to understand why sometimes it was especially thrilled by the female algorithms of the gorilla, and sometimes it could not care less when the gorilla emanated male vibes. Of course, this was no mystery at all since every now and then, the female person playing the gorilla would have to retire into the home to get out of the costume, and to let a male sibling play the beast.

Most times this change-of-roles was necessitated by mere fatigue. After a few minutes of vigorous activity, the inside of a gorilla costume got unbearably warm.

Sometimes other factors came into play. Like the time when the lasso Lourdes hurled at Noah-in-the-costume landed lopsidedly. She did not wait to assess her throw. In her eagerness to rope the animal and to haul it to the road in the front of the home, she went into her haul pattern the moment she saw the lasso loop start its descent around Noah's gorilla head.

It was partly Noah's fault. He had been so immersed in the role of gorilla, that instead of allowing for the lasso's accurate landing, he kept increasing his imitation of an angry jumping-about gorilla. And so, the rope encircled the gorilla somewhat askew, and entangled around his neck. Lourdes hauled mightily; Noah tumbled to the ground, and was being seriously choked as he was dragged on the ground. Jude dashed down to stop the rope from tightening; Noor ran after Lourdes. That was the end of that rehearsal for that evening.

There was the time Jude's overzealousness as the gorilla, almost cost Noor an ear. The scene was experimenting with the option of luring the gorilla back to its jungle with food. Noor had an apple tied to the end of a long green branch. She was to wave the apple high up in front of the gorilla, and move to the road at the front of the home. Noah and Lourdes were to be behind Noor, eating apples noisily in plain sight of the gorilla, as extra- tempting luring.

Again, as too frequently happens onstage, the performer allowed themself to get buried in the role.

Jude, as the gorilla, did not wait for the apple at the end of Noor's branch to descend to him. Instead, he jumped up and grabbed the fruit, fully expecting it to break from the branch. It did not.

Noor had done an excellent job of tying it firmly to the branch. The branch bent under Jude's grasp, and broke in two. The section being held by Noor snapped back like a whip and whacked the side of her face and her ear.

That was the end of that rehearsal for that evening.

There was the time the four were having so much fun, all of them tumbled to the ground and were rolling all over one another, shrieking in laughter and other sounds of reckless merriment. The Circus gorilla, camouflaged in the hedge fence, had to restrain itself mightily from joining the four on the ground.

There was the time when the four decided to try capturing the gorilla and carrying it in a bag back to its jungle. Noor was the gorilla. She was to make it not easy for the other three to tie her up once they grabbed her. To give the scene spontaneity, the three would hide somewhere in the backyard unknown to Noor the gorilla. Noor would take up a position behind the hedge fence, and climb into the backyard anywhere along the hedge when she was ready.

While hiding on the other side of the fence Noor came face-to-face with the Circus gorilla. He was overwhelmed by the female pheromones. To show his joy and approval, he did what he saw Circus persons do when they laughed in overwhelming happiness; he opened his mouth wide and bared his teeth, and let his tongue do whatever.

Noor-in-the-gorilla-costume opened her mouth its widest in order to scream for help, but before she could make a sound, she fainted in horrific fear.

The Circus animal took that as a sign of her total obedient approval.

He slung her over his shoulder and carried her off. As he crossed the field back to the Circus grounds, he saw there were extra lights at his cage. Good. They had discovered his empty cage, at last. Took them four nights. He roared his approach to them. They shone lights on him.

Boy-oh-boy, were they were going to be thrilled when he showed up with a second gorilla act for the Circus!

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