bennie” by bsp

...after all these years harry still likes to have his coffee and read the news at the kitchen table...it seems like a good place...eve sits at the other end of the table looking for sales and clippin coupons... ...he finishes his coffee...folds the newspaper neatly....places it on the table ironing it out with his hands...then walks slowly to to the living room window...”more coffee” eve asks...”no not now honey bunch”...even after 60 years of marriage she still smiles when he calls her honey bunch......”when the rain stops I think I'll walk bennie to the park”....”bennie is not here anymore” she reminds him......harry sits in the big recliner with the hand made doilies on the arms...adjusts it half way back...”i though I heard him barkin last night” he says as he slips into a nap......the morning turns to afternoon as the sun illuminates glass butterflies hanging in the window....”the rain stopped dear” she says...peeking out through the curtains......”do you wanna go to the park and feed the squirrels...i bought a new bag of peanuts?”...harry puts on his jacket with the elbow patches...his scarf and golf cap and evy puts on her blue and white coat with the hood and her autumn colored mittens......as they approach the door...harry looks around...”isn't bennie goin with us?”...”not today dear” as she puts her arm on his...the door closes behind them...the autumn sun is warm...the leaves rustle beneath their feet...as they walk arm in arm...it's gonna be a good day....

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(later in the week)...it was a quiet morning...the first cold air mixed with the fresh autumn breezes... to wake the city with a reminder of the coming winter.....eve has been planning for for today for weeks....they were taking the south bus to the “lost angels animal shelter”......harry folded bennie's leash and put it in his coat pocket as he always does when they go out......eve was worried...what would harry's reaction be to other animals?...after all..it has been nearly 2 years since bennie died..and harry still keeps food and water where it has always been (since bennie was a puppy) by the pantry door....the bus ride was nice...harry sat by the window and they held hands for most of the ride...”morning lane” the driver shouted as eve and harry made there way to the door....harry pulled the cord again as the driver looked at him in her mirror....she smiled...going to “lost angels”?...eve smiled and nodded ...while clutching harry's arm tightly....the driveway up to the shelter was long and they stopped twice...taking advantage of the benches along the way....the lobby was big...the sounds of barking dogs grew louder as the doors to the kennels were opened and closed...harry looked as though he was waiting for a familiar bark..as he wondered into the kennel area...eve registered at the reception desk..then shouts got everyone's attention...”WHAT'S HE DOIN IN HERE?...it was harry...as eve rushed toward the shouts...Whats he doing in here?” harry cried as he clutched the cage....looking to eve with tears streaming down his face...harry pleaded in a more quiet plea...."what's he doin in here?"

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...a uniformed guard pushed his way through double doors followed by becky to shelter's owner...eve raised her arm for them to stop..."i just need a cup of water" "everything is ok " ...harry was having a panic attack and continued to clutch the cage...becky spun around and returned with a cup of water...eve gave harry his pill with the water..."drink it all" she urged "you might be dehydrated" ...harry started to relax...and then the feel of a wet tongue on his fingers (still clutching the cage)...caused him to turn toward the cage..."ur a good boy" proclaimed harry as he look at becky..."is he a boy?"...becky chuckled "yes he is a boy" ..."can we take him for a walk?" asked eve?..."sure can" answered becky.."he's older than the others and we really need to find him a home"...emily (a volunteer} put a leash on the big brown dog and handed it to eve...who handed it to harry...looking at becky for approval...a nod and smile from becky and the walk began..they walked across the lawn..sat for a while on a bench under a large oak tree..and then back to the shelter..."he has all of his shots...what do you think?" asked becky..."he's a really nice doggie" answered harry..looking at eve..."yes he is" added eve.."but we came on the bus!" ..."we can give you a ride back in our van...'emily will drive...they filled out the papers...paid the adoption fee..and headed to the van...emily said "this is his" and tied a blue scarf around the dogs neck...giving him a hug...becky stood on the lawn waving...eve helped harry with his seatbelt and turned toward becky...."DOES HE HAVE A NAME" eve shouted over the kennel noise...."BENNIE" becky answered still waving..."HIS NAME IS BENNIE"....bsp