One of Those Days Part 26One of Those DaysPart 26ConvalescenceKadie's engine purred as Merai turned onto the parkway. Pittsburgh was unusual, in that the city was nestled in a hilly river valley. Most towns fade away as one leaves, not so with the steel city. One tunnel, and the metropolis disappeared from view. Soon she saw the Monroeville turnpike exit. Kadie's engine cranked up a notch as she merged with the faster interstate traffic. The old car seemed eager to reach its new destination.Quinn lay back in the hospital bed. They'd moved him from the intensive care ward once he'd regained consciousness. He felt so tired and drained. He thought about his actions over the past few days. Denial only worked for so long. Merai should be on her way to Arizona now, and he hadn't made any preparations at all. He had his ready excuse, Merai needed help packing her things, and with wor
One of Those Days Part 25One of Those daysPart 25Now Departing..."All my bags are packed, I'm ready to goI'm standin' here outside your doorI hate to wake you up to say goodbyeBut the dawn is breakin', it's early mornThe taxi's waitin', he's blowin' his hornAlready I'm so lonesome I could dieSo kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leaving on a jet planeI don't know when I'll be back againOh, babe, I hate to go"CHANTAL KREVIAZUK"Leaving On A Jet Plane"Brilliant white light assaulted Quinn's eyes, he had no idea where he was. Something dimmed the light above him, slowly a face came into focus. Wonderful blue eyes. Was this the angel assigned to escort him to heaven? No, not heaven, too much pain, in his arm chest and leg. He could feel a tube down his throat, something clung to his snout.Slowly the face came into focus. A paw gently stroked his forehead."My poor bab
One of Those Days Part 24One of Those DaysPart 24The Rest of the StoryThe pit bull complied, immediately dropping to the ground, but he forgot to let go of Merai. The additional pressure of his weight on top of her forced her quills the rest of the way through the wool coat. Gron yipped and bounced off Merai as her sharp quills peppered his front."Get off me you jerk!" Merai kicked Gron hard and low for good measure. Gron decided that this was not indeed the happy feeling he had desired, as the heel of Merai's boot dug deeply into his more gelatinous areas. The pit bull became a large ball fighting hard against nausea.Trakkz fought to keep his balance, pistol waving wildly in the air. He cursed mightily as the chihuahua attached to his leg bit deeply into his thigh. "You stinkin' little south of the border, runt, son of a..." The pistol came down to fire point blank into the boy.A loud ka chack stopped Trakkz's tirad
One of Those Days Part 23One of Those DaysPart 23I Know What you did Last Night!Chriss performed her morning rounds when she heard the frightened yelping coming from the child's room. She quickly ducked into the door to find the small chihuahua boy yelping in his sleep. His tossing had thrown his covers off and he shivered in chill. Gently, she pulled the cover back over the little boy, his shivering stopped and he opened his eyes, looking around worriedly."How's our little hero today?" she said soothingly."Am I dead?" he asked"No!" she giggled, "Look you have visitors!" the poodle stepped aside, and three figures entered the doorway, Jose recognized them all, mama, papa, and... the lady porcupine!Jose shrank back into the sheets. "I am soon to be very dead!""My little Jose, you are awake!" cried Maria, she immediately moved to nuzzle her son."My little man!" beamed Ramon, taking his son's han
One of Those Days Part 22One of Those DaysPart 22The Morning AfterMerai woke from fitful sleep. She looked at her clock, 7:00. She immediately went to her phone."Hello? I'm calling about someone admitted last night, he's a porcupine, his name is Quinn Stuart, when do visiting hours start?""Your relationship to the patient?" Queried the voice on the other side of the line."I'm his,... his..." Merai paused. What was she to Quinn? A good friend? She looked at her apartment, and the scattered boxes packed with the shings she would soon be taking to Arizona. Even if she wanted to stay, she'd already given her notice to the landlord, this apartment belonged to someone else now. She felt her chest constrict and moisture returning to her eyes."C-close personal friend." she finally managed to say."I'm sorry, but I can only give information to his immediate family at this time.""B-but he save
One of Those Days Part 21Part 21AftermathIt was a mother's worst nightmare. A late night knock at the door. A city policeman stood outside."Mister, Missus, Santiago?""Yes sir, is there a problem?" Ramon stood in front of his wife."There has been an incident involving your son, Jose..."Maria Santiago and her husband Ramon entered the hospital. The two chihuahuas rushed the receptionist at the front desk."We are the Santiagos" explained Ramon. "We were told our son has been admitted here?""Just a moment," the red squirrel behind the desk punched a query into her desktop workstation. "Your son was admitted into the Emergency Room. He is undergoing surgery at this time. We will let you know as soon as he is out of the ER."Ramon did his best to comfort his distraught wife as the pair sat in the hospital waiting room. Time seemed to crawl interminably as they awaited news from the doctors as to the fate of their son.Off
One of Those Days Part 20One of Those DaysPart 20Showdown!Taking a cue from Spacewolfomega I shall precede today'ssegment with a bit of a song I think appropriate to the chapter.Oh what I would do to haveThe kind of strength it takes to stand before a giantWith just a sling and a stoneSurrounded by the sound of a thousand warriorsShaking in their armorWishing they'd have had the strength to standBut the giant's calling out my nameAnd he laughs at meReminding me of all the timesI've tried before and failedThe giant keeps on telling meTime and time again. "Boy you'll never win!""You'll never win!"But the stone was just the right sizeTo put the giant on the groundAnd the waves they don't seem so highFrom on top of them lookin' downI will soar with the wings of eaglesWhen I stop and listen to the sound of JesusSinging over meI will choose to listen and believe the voice of truthArtist Name- Casting crownsSong lyrics- Voice of truthMerai stepped backwards.
The Doggz of WarOne of Those DaysPart 19The Doggz of WarJose looked at the tool thrust into his paw. It looked like a screwdriver, but with a hollow point and a slot cut into it.A large bulldog glowered down on him. "Just do it already, you want to be part of the brotherhood, don't you?"The small chihuahua gulped "Yes, sir!""Then what are you waiting for? Didn't you see the chick that drove this car? Don't you want to learn what it means to be a man?" the bulldog growled.Jose nodded. If his parents knew that he'd sneaked out of the house this late, they would ground him forever. If they found out he was hanging around with the "Doggz of War" they would kill him for sure. But what do you do to survive in a neighborhood that eats twelve-year-olds like you for breakfast? You need to survive! He reached out a trembling paw and unscrewed the valve cap.The leader of the group of y