He lives with the blue ice and snowy shores of the Antarctic.
The water is deep and cold as he swims with the seals.
He wears a black wet suit and flippers so they accept him as one of them when
he dives and cavorts under water .
He lives on a diet of fresh fish which
he has learnt to catch and eat like a seal.
Beneath the sea is the wreck of an ancient sailing ship.
Like a seal he dives and swims through the hull of this sunken ship.
He seeks the treasure chest which legend has it lies in the captain’s cabin
He finds the chest but has no means of opening it.
He dreams of opening this casket.
Only the seals know of his finding the chest so his secret is safe
At the end of the day he flips onto the snowy banks with the seals then removes his wetsuit and goes into the fishing village, dressed as a man..
One evening he sees the captain of the sunken ship at the inn on the wharf.
The captain’s constant companion is his parrot, Polly.
Inook overhears the captain telling his sweetheart about the wily parrot.
“Only this parrot knows the magic words which will open my treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean”
“What are the magic words?” she whispers.
“When she says ‘Highly Colimey’ the lid of the chest will open
but I do not have the means to dive down to the wreck with her.”
Inook resolves to capture the parrot and dons his wetsuit one day
when the parrot is dozing on a bollard on the quayside.
He swims silently and leaps out of the water to grab the parrot.
“Gotcha, now to take you down to the treasure in the captain’s cabin”
Of course he cannot take the parrot down under the sea so he blows up a balloon and puts the parrot inside.
Swimming with the seals he takes the parrot in the bubble to the bottom of the ocean.
Finding the treasure chest he pops the balloon and the parrot shoots up to the surface. .
A cruising Great White swallows the parrot whole.
The parrot squawks and shouts “Highly Colimey”.
The shark opens his mouth and the parrot flies out .
Imagine Inook’s surprise when he sees the parrot again
sitting on the captain’s shoulder.
Inook thinks – “I’ll have to be bolder.”
“That’s a fine bird you have” says he to the captain.
“Aye, and I never let her out of my sight now since she went missing for a few days.”
Inook wanders off to think of a plan – decides to bring the chest from the depths.
Down he dives with a monkey wrench, bangs away and lifts the chest.
He again meets the captain and plies him with drink,
grabs the parrot quick as a wink
“Now me hearty, you’ll come with me
to open the chest at the bottom of the sea.”
The parrot will not betray the captain – so rolls over playing dead.
Inook feels deflated , goes outside to think it over.
The captain, now recovered, suspects Inook’s up to no good
so follows him home one day.
He looks through the window and sees Inook beside his chest.
The truth dawns. “Now I know why he is so interested in my parrot. – I’ll play him at his
The next time they meet the captain says to Inook.
“I would like to make a deal with you. I see you have retrieved my chest from the depths. I will bring my parrot to open the chest and then we can split the treasure.”
Inook has no choice so he accepts the deal.
Polly listens and thinks that she would rather fly away to the tropics than be stuck in this icy place for the rest of her life.
She flies away to a sunny land and leaves Inook and the Captain arguing about the forever locked chest………………… .
Never pin all your hopes on a flighty bird.