You must login to vote
ARTHUR'S NOTE: Arthur he does as he pleases.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Author does as he pleases. It pleases the author to offer the latest episode of 'Doggerel Tails', sequel to 'Doggerel Show'. Previous episodes of both can be found under 'related items' below. The author is honored to offer this. So what's it going to be- honor or offer, author?
* * *
So after we finished our chalupas we hailed a cab to return to the train station because some cops were checking out the taxi that the old man had driven to the Mexican place with the Asian-American employees. (The Asian-Americans were at the Mexican place, not with us in the taxi.)
“The former president was terrified of her”, the old man continued. “One of the men protecting Socks ended up dead, presumably a suicide. Well, this is your stop.”
We wished each other good luck and parted. I rode home by bus from there. The bus driver drove. I’m not sure what the old man did after that.
Peeve was so excited to see me that he began peeing as he barked and jumped with joy. I couldn’t be mad or scold him.
“I’m sorry I took so long, boy!” I cried. Then I noticed that his papers were still all dry.
“What a good boy!” I exclaimed (see punctuation). “Let’s take a walk.” He knows the word ‘walk’. He got so excited that he peed some more.
As we walked I was pleased with how quickly Peeve was learning to be a good boy. Then another thought occurred to me that dampened my mood.
What was I going to do with Peeve when I went to court to defend Longfellow?
When we returned there was a voice message waiting for me from the old man.
“I’m about to be detained for questioning. I may not be able to contact you. I cannot locate Longfellow’s owner. She must appear at the hearing with proof of Longfellow’s rabies shots. I fear she has been detained without a hearing by Homeland Security as an enemy combatant. They will neither confirm nor deny having her. Also, you should have heard from Dr. Jackal by now…”
Who is Dr. Jackal? I wondered.
“Dr. Jackal is Socks’ vet”, the old man added as if reading my thoughts but he couldn’t have because I hadn’t thought it yet when he left the message. “Actually he’s not a veterinarian, he’s an animal healer.”
“He’s a human being who treats sick and injured animals”, he added before I could ask his recorded voice. “He must appear at my trial. He’s my only hope. I’m so sorry that Longfellow and now his owner got mixed up in this mess. These people are out for revenge now- and scapegoats. Since Socks eluded them-“
The line went dead.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."
- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins