“As the Lodge Turns” Episode 3: Bing the Beagle…Befriending?!
On this episode of “As the Lodge Turns”…
“Who do you think you are, calling out to me in that uncouth manner? As if I were a member of this…this rabble!”
The harshness of Scarlett’s words drives me back a few steps. I can’t believe what I’ve just heard…that sweet, light bark has been used to say such ugly things!
“I’ve never been so insulted in my entire life! To think that you, a commoner, would try to accost me…it’s a slight to my very being!”
“Scarlett, leave him alone,” Lucy says, standing in front of me. “He’s new here and he was just trying to be nice.”
The fur on Scarlett’s back rises like a wave toward her tail, and her whole body quivers with anger.
“My title is Princess Scarlett Jellybean of Carrboro, and I expect you to use it!”
Lucy paws at the ground a little, unaffected by Scarlett’s raving. It’s not fair to her…I should be defending myself…
“S-Scar – Princess Scarlett,” I begin, coming as close as I can to the fence, “you shouldn’t get mad at Lucy. I’m the one that made you upset, and I apologize.”
I stare into her dark eyes, and though I’m convinced she can see the fear in mine, she doesn’t acknowledge it. The mean glimmer in her gaze fades to annoyance with a dainty blink.
“Well, if you’re truly sorry for your behavior, then…”
Scarlett looks away from me with a little huff and a pout. Is she embarrassed? With an ego like hers it seems impossible that she could feel shame. Maybe there’s more to her than she shows…maybe she just doesn’t know how to act around other dogs…
That must be lonely.
“But,” I say, confidence in my bark for the first time in our exchange, “I am going to talk to you, whether you speak to me first or not. Because I want to be friends.”
Scarlett nearly falls backward. Lucy’s mouth is closed and her head is tilted to the side. It’s like I’ve turned blue and sprouted feathers!
“Bing, are you sure? After the way she treated you?” Lucy asks, sniffing me from head to paw, as though there’s something wrong with me.
“I’m sure!” I say, touching my snout to the fence. “Princess Scarlett, my name is Bing. And this is Lucy. Starting today, we’re your friends!”
Scarlett is shaken, without a trace of bravado left in her little body. Her dark eyes are full of doubt, but I wag my tail to reassure her. I wonder if this is how I looked to Lucy when she found me staring toward the road.
“Hmph! Call me whatever you like – it doesn’t mean I agree to such a relationship,” Scarlett says, shaking her golden head like she’s trying to get rid of me.
She trots away to another part of her yard, and though it wasn’t the meeting I had imagined for us, I don’t regret calling out to her.
“That was nice of you,” Lucy says, sitting next to me. “I don’t know what you see in her though.”
“She’s probably just shy,” I say, looking up at Lucy.
‘I remembered what you did for me…’
Out of the corner of my eye, I see a huge dog with pointy ears running straight toward me, jaws open!
What is he going to do to me…?!
…to be continued…