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|Howling at the Moon (standard:travel stories, 696 words)|
|Author: Pitter Pat||Added: Jan 30 2004||Views/Reads: 2415/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story written using one of Kathy's endings|
“Morning Mom.” “Hi kid, how was the concert last night? Did you and your friends have fun?” “We had fun, but it sounded like you had more fun.” He snickered. “Do know how late it was when you returned to your tent?” “No, Charlie, but I know it was late. Since you brought up the subject, how late were you out? I saw your car lights come into the campground well after midnight. Didn't I set a midnight curfew?” I watched my son squirm for a moment then he continued, “Ok, the time is not important. But tell me, why was everyone at the campfire encouraging Betsy's dog to howl at the moon last night? Had EVERYONE been drinking?” There comes a time when every child becomes a young adult and questions their parents. I'm sure in my son's eyes, this situation looked very questionable. Planning for the weekend began as many others. I wanted him to go to the Civil War Re-enactment and he wanted to go to a concert with his friend and his friend's brother. When comparing the two sets of weekend plans, we found both events took place in the same town, approximately an hour and a half from our home. We were both determined to have our way, so we compromised. He and his friend would spend part of the day Saturday at the Civil War Re-enactment with me, then go to the concert with his friend's brother. They would return to camp by midnight, attend the re-enactment with me on Sunday, then we would drive home Sunday evening. He left for his concert about 1:00 p.m. and I visited with friends, many of them I'd not seen since a re-enactment the previous fall. “When it began to get dark, the Albertson's built a campfire. Soon many of the re-enactors were seated around the fire. Beside Betsy was what we call ‘the vacant chair'.” “You told me she and Bill had been in a car accident and he had been killed. What does that have to do with everyone encouraging the dog to howl at the moon?” “I'm getting to that part. We went around the fire telling about something that had happened in our lives since we met at a campfire last fall. The Albertson's told of twin calves born a few weeks ago, Ronnie told of the youth center he is helping to build, Eugene told – never mind...” Charlie laughed. “Was Eugene passing the bottle? That must have been good. What did he tell?” I put my fingers over my mouth to hide my chuckle and continued, “Never mind. I told about your sister's new baby and...” “I want to hear Eugene's story!” “No! You wanted to know why the dog was howling.” I said firmly. “We continued around the fire until the only one left was Betsy. She hesitated then told us her story. Last Halloween she and Bill dressed in civil war clothing, put their dog Mr. Toad on a leash, and...” “Mr. Toad?” “Don't ask. They and the dog went for an evening walk to see the trick-or-treaters going door to door for candy. As it got later in the evening, the little kids went home and only an occasional older child was seen. Bill put his arm around Betsy and pointed out the full moon in a sky full of stars. A ‘werewolf” ran out of the dark and bumped into Bill. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor. He looked into the werewolf's eyes and let out a howl. Mr. Toad took the cue and also began to howl. Betsy told us the werewolf ran off, but Bill and Mr. Toad howled at the moon all the way home. There was a long moment of silence when Betsy finished her story. Ronnie broke the silence saying “Look, a full moon.” With that cue, all the men started howling. Mr. Toad's ears perked up. Betsy joined in the howling encouraging Mr. Toad and soon everyone was howling. Mr. Toad looked from person to person then tipped his head back and began to howl. That's why the dog was howling at the full moon last night.” Tweet
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