posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 09:21 PM
The crisp night air was quiet and still and a thick fog had rolled into the sleepy town from the nearby river causing the streetlight to only cast a
tight circle light in Jenny's yard. A small rabbit that hopped into the light to nibble on the remaining clover was the only proof that there was
life on the mid-autumn night. Peacefully the rabbit sat and nibbled, twitching his nose as he dined on the closed leaves and tender stems. He cocked
an ear more out of habit than need until a faint sound had caught his ear and he froze. A short sniff and a pause, then another sniff. Satisfied that
there was nothing there he began to graze on the clover again.
Desperation caused both his ear and head to turn to see just how close the noise was and he froze again. The sound was close and in his unblinking eye
the vague shape could just be seen as it approached close. The streetlight went out and from the darkness a brief staccato squeak from the rabbit
could be heard and then the foggy night was silent once again.
Jenny was a precocious young girl with raven black hair in braided pigtails. For all of her 8 years, her next door neighbor Billy had been her best
friend. Billy was the quintessential blue-eyed blonde, adventurous and inquisitive. Just looking at him, you could tell that there was always a frog
or rock or other treasure of a young boy in his left front pocket. He always walked over to Jenny's house when finished with breakfast and together
they would go outside for the day's adventure.
The sun was warm and bright today as they made their way across the yard. Jenny spied the rusty colored clump of fur and asked, “Oh Billy, what is
“Just a small patch of fur. There is something black and sticky on it. Like tar.” Billy explained as he picked it up and examined it. “Looks
like it's from a rabbit or maybe a cat.”
“Ew, there is skin attached to it. Get rid of it. I don't want to remember that anymore.”
Billy knew there was no way that Jenny would let him keep this prize. So disappointed he crossed the street to toss the scrap of the rabbit into the
tall weeds of the empty lot. “There it's gone. So where are we going today, Jenny?”
“I was thinking of the alley, and maybe down by the river. We need more wood to finish building our fort.”
The day was eventful for gathering supplies. They found two old carpet floor mats and an empty wooden cable spool that only had a broken board. Jenny
carried the mats as Billy rolled the spool to edge of the trees that was back end of the empty lot. Billy struggled to salvage the other boards from
the spool as Jenny used the rusty nails and their rock to nail them into their place. The dirtier of the two mats was to become a welcome mat while
the other was placed on the floor next to the dingy pillowcase, nearly completing the makeshift carpeted floor.
“This starting to look less like a fort and more like a house.” Billy noted flatly.
“I think it looks better this way. Besides, it will keep our clothes from getting too dirty when we are sitting on the floor since we don't have
chairs yet.” replied Jenny just as flatly.
“Well let's go down to the river and see what we can find there today.”
Down by the river, the best they could find today was a short length of rope. As they were about to leave, their luck would change and they happened
on a stray dog. “We are definitely keeping him,” said Billy. “We can just say that he followed us home.”
“I have a better idea, we can use the rope to tie him up at the fort. That way we will have a guard. And he can protect our things.”
“Yeah. We can sneak him food. And leave the door open a bit so he can go inside if it rains.”
With their plans set, they heading back to the fort. And tied up their new dog.
Another foggy night and despite being a stray the dog did not seem to mind being tied up. He pawed at the floor mat before settling down into his
makeshift bed for the night. In the darkness, the dog awoke to a scent. At first he panted and wagged his tail as the sounds of footsteps came closer.
In the darkness, there was wincing yelp and then the night was silent again.
The next morning Jenny quickly ate her breakfast and snuck some extra sausage links into her pocket. She didn't even wait for Billy to make it all
the way over before running outside to meet him. Together they went straight to the fort with beaming smiles. Both were excited to be on their way to
feed their dog. “What will call him?” Bill asked asked the ran.
“Roger.” said Jenny, “His name is Roger.”
Both children were crestfallen when they realized Roger was not there. “What happened? Where is he?” Jenny asked.
“I think he broke the rope, ” Billy said. “See, there is not much of it left.”
“Is that red stuff blood on the end?”
“Maybe he hurt his mouth by biting through the rope.”
“Well, if he ran away. I don't want to remember him. Get rid of the rope, Billy.”
The rest of the day they hardly spoke as they went about looking for new things for the fort. The best they found was milk crate. And Billy wondered
if it would be better used as a chair or as a box to keep their things in.
That night Billy could not get to sleep. He lay awake wondering why Roger had left and how a small dog could bitten through the rope. He heard the
doorknob turn and peering into the dimness of the bedroom he said “Jen-” and could only make a burbling sound until everything became dark and
silent once again. There was a smell of what seemed to be a wood stove and faint orange hue to the fog that night that faded in a few hours.
The next morning Jenny finished her breakfast and sat and waited for Billy to come over as always. After an hour she said to her mother, “Maybe
Billy is mad at me because Roger ran away.”
“Who is Roger?”
“A dog we found and brought back to the fort, but he chewed through the rope and ran away during the night. Well if Billy doesn't want to come over
don't ever mention his name. I don't want to remember him anymore.”
--Edit for a typo--
[edit on 13-10-2009 by Ahabstar]