TITLE: Adventure In The Rain Barrel (Part 2) 10/2/15
By Rachel Jamerson
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Tatter, his sword still in hand, crawled across the freshly cut grass and ducked behind the hedge where Bud was hiding. "Gee whiz Bud you're gonna get us in a lot of trouble. You know what Daisy said about going outside."
"Aw...she want even know we’re gone,” answered Bud, taking the small stone from his pocket and placing it in the sling. “Besides we have to practice sometime.”
"OK", replied Tatter, “I guess Spot does make a good Goliath."
By this time Spot had tired of waiting for Blue to come down from her perch so he turned and started back toward the house. Bud stepped from behind the hedge, twirled the sling around his head and let the stone fly. It missed Spot completely landing with a thud against the old crate lying under the window. Spot didn't even feel the wind as it whizzed by.
"Rats” mumbled Bud, “I missed.” He ducked behind the hedge once again.
"Here let me try," begged Tatter, grabbing a stone from the ground and scrambling to his feet. Tatter handed Bud his sword and took the sling. Once again they crouched behind the hedge and waited.
A few minutes later Spot returned. Tatter jumped from behind the hedge and began twirling his sling. Just as he let go of the strap around the corner of the house came the neighbors HUGE chocolate brown Labrador retriever, Duke. The stone caught him right between the eyes! Duke stopped for a moment stunned. Tatter grabbed the opportunity to duck back behind the hedge. Bud didn't see what happened and stepped out just as Duke regained his composure. Duke leveled his gaze in the direction of the hedge and zeroed in on the figure in the stocking cap. Bud knew he was in BIG trouble! He yelled and tore off running toward the house hoping to make it to the old crate before Duke caught him. But Duke was too fast so instead Bud decided to make a lap around the house. Surely he could find SOMETHING to hide under.
Tatter was terrified. Bud and Duke disappeared around the house so he ran across the lawn, climbed up on the wooden crate and started yelling! "Daisy! Daisy! Help Duke is going to eat Bud!"
Daisy & Hattie Lou scrambled up on the windowsill and stared in unbelief at the scene below. Around the corner came Bud again with Duke in hot pursuit. "Help,” yelled Bud as he passed the window. "Help!”
Daisy knew she had to act fast Duke was gaining on Bud. She grabbed a blanket from the chest beside the window and dropped one end of it to the ground below. "Here Tatter, when Bud comes back swing this out to him when he grabs hold Hattie Lou and I will pull him up out of Dukes reach,” yelled Daisy!
Tatter did as he was told. The next time Bud appeared Tatter yelled, "Here Bud, grab hold!" Bud caught the edge of the blanket but when Daisy and Hattie Lou jerked, Bud went flying through the air and landed in the rain barrel at the corner of the house. Duke never stopped. He didn't even see where Bud went.
Bud hit the water Ker-splash! He sunk to the bottom like a rock and came up splashing and yelling, "Get me out of here! I'm going to drown!"
Tatter grabbed the end of the blanket still dangling out the window and threw it up to Bud. Bud grabbed hold while Daisy and Hattie Lou pulled with all their might. Ker-plop! Bud came out of the barrel like a stopper out of a bottle and right through the window he flew. Splat! In the floor soaking wet!
"Bud Calico! I'm a good mind to throw you back into that rain barrel,” screeched Daisy! "I told you not to go outside!"
"I'm sorry Daisy,” mumbled Bud, I didn't mean to get in trouble sometimes I just do things without thinking."
"Hey! What's going on in there,” yelled Tatter, "I'm still out here! And here comes Duke again!" Duke discovered he had lost Bud and turned toward Tatter perched on the wooden crate under the window.
Quickly Daisy and Hattie Lou dropped the blanket back down to Tatter and just in time pulled him up out of Dukes reach. Tatter scrambled over the window ledge and dropped to the floor beside of Bud.
Daisy pointer her finger in Bud’s faces and said very sternly, "Bud Calico you gave me the scare of my life! If Duke had gotten hold of you; you would be spread all over the hillside in little tiny pieces! When are you going to learn to do what you are told?"
"I said I'm sorry Daisy, I just wasn't thinking. I promise I'll listen next time but I'm glad you care about me," he said, grinning up at Daisy. He was about to give her a big wet hug when they heard voices. The door opened and there stood the girls.
"What has been going on in here?" asked Mandy, “How did Bud get wet, and where are the props for our skit"?
"I don't know" answered Nicki, holding up the wet blanket, "this is strange, very strange."
It would prove to be stranger still, later when the missing props were found outside on the front lawn!
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