harriet old beyond years innumerable, bigfoot who's only thing in common with hairret was his hair, and myself made a motley crew indeed. size 24 lumbering along with his lengthy stride, me perched on harriet's head; both of them chattering away:
"i say we give em a good scare and bum's rush 'em" said harriet. although from virginia, for whatever reasons she spoke with a hackneyed accent. in another life, i think she tried out for 101 Dalmatians but they gave the part to another horse. harriet didn't do much, she mostly stared off into space. i coaxed her out of the barn with promises of an adventure.
|the infamous harriet, retired. withdrawn|
size 24: "i've been scaring critters and humans enough, harriet, my PR guru here says i need to improve my image."
|size 24 afraid to scare someone my best bud|
"i'll decide when we get there, and both of you need to focus on the trees and quit jabbering." i half expected an acorn shot to my head any second from the squirrel clan.
as i rode, i couldn't help but think i looked quite dashing in my colonels helmet, my micro headset from Japan cavalierly dangling round my neck.
the fat squirrel was porking away on a delicacy, as usual, when he saw me approach, barely giving away any astonishment. frankly, i don't think he'd lose his morsel for any surprise. he looked more like a groundhog or woodchuck than a squirrel. he must tax the whole woods, could hardly walk. cheek full of chewed acorn, a bit dribbled down his jowl as he spoke:
"if it aint the self styled colonel of the ferret militia... what brings you here, sammy ol boy" ... contempt oozing from his lips, as the nut particles sprayed.
"your niece is galavanting around with my uncle freddie and the two make a pair i must say. she's talking of marriage, and i know it's never been done. a squirrel and a ferret, we've got to stop this." i'd half suspected this was a plot to get to the family fortune.
"how'd you get here anyway? my lookouts and scouts didn't make a peep. i haven't heard so much as a warning plunk off that helmet of yours sam."
"don't change the subject, you fat porker...I have my ways of creeping through the woods. it's bad enough i have to come parlay with ya..."
a hoof pawed the ground. a snort. then a rukus and commotion ensued as the sound of branches snapped, as harriet released her energy and raw power and came thundering into the clearing ~ size 24 stayed back ~ her display was remarkable, i'll give her that.
fatso was round eyed, astonished and understood immediately why his scouts had remained silent. they had run and were hidden at the site of harriet, big foot and myself stealing through their turf. acceptance and shock at once settled over him.
"enough talk" said harriet as she scooped me up with one motion, airward i went, to plunk comfortably between her ears. "enough. sam says do something about your niece. are you clear on this?"
he shook his head yes, as she spun around and gave a demonstration that we didn't know she had in her, she galloped again!! harriet ran, more like charged out of that woodsy clearing with me hanging on to her ears for dear life, grinning as the air blew past my fur, and the freedom of running pulsed through her was transferred to me and i felt like i was upon the most brilliant steed in any race before or since. oh the delight to be upon harriet and her just showing off was pure heaven.
she blew past astonished sized 24 and ducked her head on the low hanging branches, careful not to knock me off.... "that oughta give em something to think about sammy..."
indeed. and you should never underestimate an old nag when she get's her dander up.
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story is dedicated to all the harriets who still have life left to surprise even their staunchest friends. to @falloutgrrl and doc who take care of hurt animals so they can scare squirrels again, and of course to my best bud, Big Foot, afraid he might scare somebody. it's ok size 24, i know you've got a heart of gold and are a friend to us all.
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