by Cyberwolf (wolf at mydestiny.net)
Okay, here we go. All disclaimers belong in chapter 1.
Chapter VI: A Walk in the Park
Holmes awoke when he felt himself being gently lifted off
whatever he had been sleeping on and placed on the floor. He got
unsteadily to his four legs, mouth opening wide in a puppy-yawn.
He didnít know it, but in his drowsy state the puppy mind that
existed alongside -- one might even say intrinsically -- with his
own had more influence than when Holmes was fully aware.
So, loyally and just like a puppy, he tagged along as Lestrade
went into her bedroom, curling up again to sleep as Lestrade changed
into her jogging suit. He woke up more fully when Lestrade clipped
the leash to his collar.
Ten minutes later, he found himself jogging alongside his
friend-now-owner in one of New Londonís parks. The morning air was
crisp and cool; the sky promised a beautiful day; birds sang and the
roar of New London traffic had not yet started. And Holmes, who
could never be described as a morning person, was positively grumpy.
His grumpiness was not aided by the fact that other joggers,
who all apparently knew Lestrade, kept pausing her in her jog to
exclaim over her new pet. And Lestrade, whom Holmes had hoped would
be irritated at this interruption to her exercise, instead absolutely
beamed and let them pet, pat, fondle (that sounds rather bad -- but
it is not meant in that way, I assure you), stroke and exclaim
over the puppy.
For heavenís sake! thought Holmes annoyedly as an
elderly couple chatted with Lestrade and their young grandson tried
to make him chase thrown acorns (he ignored the child, of course).
Youíd think she was showing off her newborn baby, not her newfound
So, all-in-all, it was not a good-natured Holmes who jogged
alongside Lestrade as she completed her fifth circuit of the rather
small parkís running path. And then Wesley Flushing showed up....
Hey, no one figured out the song in chapter V!
Waiting for May 16 2002
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