The rhino just wanted a kiss, but the earthworm said, “You have a sharp object on your face.
“I can’t help it,” said the rhino, “I was born this way.”
Under the Serengetti sun, there was an awkward silence. Then the Earth dried out and cracked open, forcing the earthworm to flee her home. She didn’t have any friends, so she asked the rhino for help.
“You can stay in the folds of my skin,” he said. “It will keep you cool.” He was still hoping for that kiss. With the earthworm nestled into a skin-crease, just below his front left shoulder, the rhino began a tour of the African Continent – from Cape Town, to Kilimanjaro, to Cairo and the Nile Delta, all the while, still hoping for that kiss.
When they reached Egypt, the Rhino said, “I can’t go any further. Wikipedia says that rhinos only live in Africa and Southeast Asia.”
The earthworm crawled out of the skin fold, slid down the Rhino’s nose and kissed him square on the lips.
“Just because you read it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true,” she whispered.
It took the rhino ten whole minutes to swim across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. He received strange looks in all the major cities, but he didn’t mind, because he could feel the earthworm, snugged just below his front left shoulder. In Paris, a man captured the rhino and put him in a cage. It took three weeks, but the earthworm eventually dug a hole large enough for the rhino to escape. There was a high speed police chase in which the rhino and the earthworm became cornered at the top of the Eiffel Tower. There were helicopters and news cameras and a whole crowd of people. Just as the SWAT team closed in, the earthworm kissed the rhino again. “I love you,” she said. The rhino grew a pair of wings and together, they went off into space.
And if you, dear reader, ever find yourself on the iced moon of Jupiter, known as Europa, look closely; it is inhabited by the kindest, most gentle and loving creatures in the universe: rhinoworms.