• Steve Hudson

The most beautiful green eyes I've ever seen

They chose me as the leading man in a very glamorous TV commercial for a brand of chocolates. It would be shot in two locations − one on a speedboat in the West Indies and the other in Pinewood studios in London.

A week in the Caribbean sounded great, but to my disappointment, I was chosen as the man in the London scene, which was a millionaire’s apartment overlooking the river Thames.

In the commercial, I was to be a successful businessman entertaining a glamorous model who looked stunning in a silver lamé dress. After champagne, I was to give her a diamond necklace. They were real diamonds, so they arrived with two security men − perhaps they didn’t trust me!

Oh, I forgot one thing…in the corner of the room was a cage with a beautiful black panther wearing a diamond collar.

Everything went well and by 6pm the commercial was in the can. I went to my dressing room to remove my makeup and take off my dinner jacket when my girlfriend phoned to ask how the day went. I told her about the black panther. She thought I was joking, saying it sounded like a Fellini movie.

While we were talking, I heard a commotion in the corridor. I went to the door and opened it as I hear a panic-stricken shout: ‘Stay in your dressing room, the panther has escaped!’

The warning was a little too late because I had already opened the door.

As I looked into the dark corridor, a pair of beautiful, piercing green eyes were staring straight at me.

I would rather be a live coward than a dead hero and although the panther looked cuddly, I thought it best to close the door.

I picked up the phone and this time my girlfriend believed me; she could hear the panther roar. It was like a Fellini movie!

A panther is not just for Christmas.


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