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
One of Those Days Part 18One of Those DaysPart 18Alexander's AutoThe next week saw a mad scramble for parts on the aging vehicle. Kadie had been well maintained, but forty years of use had taken their toll on the car, and a few components needed refreshed, just as preventive maintenance. Quinn threw himself into research on classic auto parts, spending long hours into the night poring over lists, catalogs, and in the day making telephone calls. Merai herself needed to start packing her things, and make preparations for the big move. She knew this would be good for her career, but everything she knew was in Pennsylvania. Was the money and prestige worth the change? Her friends gave her contradictory answers, and worse Quinn was so busy looking for parts for Kadie, they barely had time to talk that first week.Merai pulled into Verne's that friday evening."Hello, Verne, where's Quinn? I have Kadie here, so I guess I'll leave her ov
One of Those Days Part 17One of Those DaysPart 17Promoted!Quinn and Merai saw more and more of each other. Sometimes, they would use the excuse of auto maintenance to get together, and sometimes they just got together for the joy of each other's company.The next couple months saw summer close. Late August turned unnaturally cold. One day Merai's manager called her into the office."Please, sit down, I have good news you've been promoted!"Merai couldn't believe it. "Thank you! What does this mean? What do I do?""Well, apparently one of our regional supervisors heard about your performance on the Watkiss project. It was the best work he'd ever seen. He wants you to be a group leader in our research facility out in Arizona. Your pay will be doubled as soon as you arrive out in Phoenix, the place you'll be working in is an area about 200 miles away, called Black Sands. We expect great things from you, Merai, K
One of Those Days Part 16One of Those DaysPart 16Phony Calls!Merai ran into Tom and Ellie after morning mass."How did the inaugural ride go, Merai?" asked TomMerai grinned, "Let me tell you over brunch, it's a long story..."Later Sunday afternoon, Merai lounged on her couch taking her Sunday afternoon nap. The insistent ring of a telephone roused her from her rest. She picked up the receiver and answered muzzily "Hello?" A strangled squeak greeted her ears, then the line went dead. "Whut is the problem now, boy?" Verne almost had reached the limit of his patience."I don't have the faintest idea what to say!""Make up yer mind, I didn't come back out here just to be yer life coach! Ya done hung up on her, that's just plain ignerant!""It's just that I, I don't, well..." Quinn falteredVerne sighed in exasperation, "Boy, you did comthin' crazy today, dumpster divin' and crazy and stupid go hand in hand. I need you all
One of those days: Part 15One of Those DaysPart 15Dumpster Diving!Early the next morning as Verne returned home from mass, he noticed Quinn's car in front of the garage. Curious, the beaver pulled into the parking lot to discover the reason behind the unusual behavior. He walked around the garage, only to find all the doors still locked, and nobody moved within the building. The beaver felt genuinely perplexed as to the whereabouts of the young male porcupine when he heard a rustle in the garbage dumpster. He waddled over and poked his nose in the open top."Quinn, what in the name of all that is holy are you doin' fishin' in a garbage dumpster on a Sunday!?""Oh, uh, hi Verne, heh, nothing, really!" the young male's nose turned beet red, and a few loose papers trickled off the top of his head."What do you have in yer paw?""Oh, nothing.""Quinn, if it was nuthin' you wouldn't be out hear, Sunday mornin', riffin' through a garbage dumpster wh