Bull.

When I was four, I faced death under a barn lot fence. I had been warned not to go there.

But a warning from my Uncle Bert meant nothing compared to the fiery lure of the tiny kitten that had just scurried under the fence and dashed through a jagged hole in the grey wood barn.
I did not hesitate a second, and crawled under the fence,my Sunday dress catching on splinters along my back and sending clouds of hot dust to cling to my hot, wet face.  I got through, stood up, and

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In the flashbulb moment, there he was!

His eyes were on me, and I had forgotten all about the fluffy kitten.  He had not moved yet, and neither had I, but he was making a kind of chuffing noise.  I began to back away slowly, feeling for the rough board fence.

I found it, and soon as I did, I dropped to my belly, low-crawling my way backward. He rushed the fence with angry, astonishing speed.

I could feel my dress catching and tearing on the splintered railing, and the ashy grey dust on my face and in my mouth. I heard him hit the fence.  I now knew what danger really meant.  But I was already making up a safe, squasy lie for my mother as to just how my dress got torn and the palms of my hands had dusty blood on them.

 

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14 thoughts on “Bull.

  1. Kitty was never seen again…was probably back witw mom and siblings. I was only four, so I definitely had wandered too far from the house. I think my cover story had to do with seeing a spider in the outhouse, running out and falling in the gravel

  2. I am in love with your style and formatting – your words are equally great. There’s a lot to be said about a writer who can condense large amounts of information and/or feelings with few words. Great story!
    Your Fellow A-Zer,
    Jen

    1. Thank you for your kind words. As for my writing style, it comes from years of writingin the ad business, The best advice I was ever given was 1. Write like you talk ane use as few words as possible to tell the story. I love your tale of your fitst car theft!

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