The tour guide pointed at two shadows in the river. One slowly submerged, leaving only a trail of bubbles.

“You are witnessing hippos mating,” the guide explained. “The male holds the female underwater while he performs his marital duties. Often, she’ll be submerged up to five minutes.

“At least she gets five minutes from him,” Naomi muttered, just loudly enough for Roger to hear.

“At least he gets five minutes of peace once in a while,” Roger muttered back.

The safari vehicle drove slowly off just as the female’s nostrils became visible once again, but neither Naomi or Roger noticed.


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