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Barking

Part 6 of the K-Nine Stories

The black and white dog stopped abruptly a few feet in front of K-Nine and started barking loudly. Despite his initial surprise, K-Nine felt a strange affinity for this creature and moved slowly towards it. The dog stopped barking and nervously began to retreat as K-Nine got closer.

A man wearing a black leather jacket and dark glasses came jogging along the path. He stopped, caught his breath, and then said to the dog “Cerys, sit”. The dog dutifully obeyed.

“Sorry about that” said the man to K-Nine. “She’s a bit wary of strangers at first, but she’s mostly harmless”.

The last phrase sounded vaguely familiar to K-Nine. He remembered hearing it many years ago while hiking around the galaxy with the Doctor.

The man introduced himself as Dirk Powers and explained that he was just taking Cerys for her daily walk, or run in her case, as she seemed to have a lot more energy than Dirk. As K-Nine and Dirk continued with their conversation, Cerys seemed to relax and moved closer to K-Nine. Within a few minutes she was licking K-Nine on the nose, which was nice.

“I think she likes you ” said Dirk.

“Affirmative” replied K-Nine.

When K-Nine mentioned that he had been watching a game of rugby earlier, Dirk smiled and said “Did I mention that we won the Grand Slam this year ?”

“Only eleven times” replied K-Nine with just the slightest hint of sarcasm in his voice. K-Nine’s numeracy was far superior to his comprehension of the English language, or Welsh for that matter.

The three of them headed off towards the town centre. Every few minutes Cerys would spot something grey and furry moving in the trees that grew beside the canal. She would run off and start jumping up and down excitedly near their trunks.

“Barking mad that dog, sometimes” said Dirk. “She’s been chasing squirrels all morning”.

“Perhaps she thinks they are sheep” said K-Nine, as he remembered hearing somewhere that the Welsh were very fond of sheep.

“But sheep don’t climb trees” said Dirk.

“Maybe not on this planet” replied K-Nine.

By Nigel Daft


Last Modified on: 05-11-2015

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