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
One of those days: Part 14One of Those DaysPart 14Good NightSo, the evening went, a shared meal and shared histories. The two talked well past sun down. Finally, Merai needed to leave. Quinn escorted her from the diner to Kadie. "Well, thank you for all your help today, Quinn, I hope to see you again soon!""Have a safe trip home, Merai. Keep Kadie in good shape, you're both priceless treasures." he kissed her paw and opened the door for her, helping her into the car. "Good night!" Quinn stood and stared as she drove off into the darkness.Ma and Verne snuck up behind him. "She's a sweet girl, Quinn, polite and kind.""Yep," Verne agreed "and them's the type that raise all hell in bed too!"A drop of blood began to trickle from Quinn's nose."Verne!" the bobcat cuffed the beaver across the top of his head.The beaver refused to be stopped. "I bet she's got a full closet of them thar things, from, wha
One of those days: Part 13One of Those DaysPart 13The Silver StarThe bobcat led them to a booth in the rear of the diner, the window opened out across the parking lot and to the wooded hillside behind the diner, Merai could see Kadie from where she sat. "So is she really your mother?" she asked Quinn.The bobcat laughed heartily. "No! That's just old diner lore, these are all "Mom and Pop" places, so everyone here calls me Ma!""Ah, I see, ma, well, then, where's the ladies' room, I've had a bit of an exciting day, and I'd like to freshen up a bit.""It's right there around the corner, would you care for something to drink? It'll be here before you get back.""Oh, Iced tea, please." said Merai as she left the table."Quinn?""Coke, please"Quinn watched Merai walk down the aisle towards the restroom. Ma Kettle bent over towards him conspiratorially. "So, she seems to be a sweet girl, will we be seeing a bit more of her in the near f