* Continued from a previous post: Doggonemad
- 1st revision: 29 October 2010
"I'm feeling a little under the weather," I groan to the voice on the other end of the line. "I think I need the day off. I'll probably head to the doctor's after this."
The thought that I am lying through my teeth came to mind. Though I had to wonder, even at that moment, how teeth could have anything to do with that.
Perhaps it was like having bits of vegetables stuck between your front teeth. There'd be all these horrid bits of green protruding outwards so clearly for all to see even whilst you continually denied that any were embedded there in the first place.
"It's all your fault!" I exclaim reproachfully whilst casting dirty looks at the dog.
The canine's mouth was open with his lips pulled back just enough for me to see glimpses of his teeth. He looked like he was smiling.
"Yes, yes, I know. What's new? Anyway, can we get on with this?" Hans scampers across the hallway and neatly gathers up his leash in his mouth and trots back promptly to where I am standing.
I stare at him quizzically as I grab the leash from him. I still have trouble believing this furball can talk in plain English. And that he possesses such advanced thinking skills.
"Oh, get on with it," barks Hans, sitting himself down right in front of me, nuzzling my hands to quickly put the leash on him.
"Mmm," I mutter half reluctantly, but before I know it, we're out the door. The dog's the one who's taking me for a walk this time. Or maybe it's more like a run.
"Would you please slow down?" I screech through gritted teeth as we fly across bushes and flowerpots, jogging paths and pedestrian crossings.
"We don't have the luxury of time. Any moment now, the clues might get swept off or buried away and then we'll never find them and you'll never believe me."
"Why wouldn't I? After all, you can talk," I mumble somewhat sarcastically as I scarcely avoid colliding with a tree as we whizzed past.
Hans is in a zone of his own by now. He doesn't seem to have heard my last sentence. His head is bent low with his nose to the ground, and he busies himself searching for some specific scent that I know nothing of.
"Do I get any explanations yet?"
Hans looks up between sniffs and turns back to reply me, "Just a second, we're getting close now."
I sigh and nearly trip on a large stone at the same time. He had better have a good reason for having dragged me out all this way.
Not to mention the fake illness that I would have to conjure when I finally did make that trip to the doctor's in hopes of a medical chit that can explain away my absence at work today.
"Look," Hans says suddenly and I fix my gaze in the direction where his nose is pointing.
"Uhh.. it's a cat?" The disinterestedness in my voice was crystal clear. "You made me come out all this way for a cat?"
"Sshh!" Hans reprimanded me in a hushed tone. "We've got to follow her."
My movements are careful and calculated now as we tail behind the feline. Anyhow, she didn't appear to have seen us.
Hans speaks up again as soon as we hide behind the shadows of some nearby trees.
"It's your grandma..." He begins.
"What about my grandma? She's dead, you know."
"Yeah, of course I know. That sneaky cat over there was her cat."
I frown for a moment as I try to recall.
"Oh, and this interests me like, how?"
"The cat killed your grandma," Hans said grimly.
I stared at him in disbelief. How on Earth could a canine mind have deduced that?
"And what makes you say so?"
"She had a heart attack, didn't she?"
"Well, yes but-"
"Yes, and that cat had something to do with it. Your sweet old grandma had been in the pink of health before. I don't think it's common for you humans to drop dead suddenly when you're not in the least sick or something, right?"
"Well... yeah..." I admitted, still trying to digest these new pieces of information Hans was feeding me with. "So what do you propose we do now?"
"The cats are up to no good. It's not just your grandma that this feline was out to murder. She and the others like her have something bigger in mind. We need to find out what that is about before it's too late."
And that was how my hatred for cats began.