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Fuzzies the Puppy

The refreshing sunlight was shining into the room. Suzy slowly woke up. She sat up remembering what happened. She looked at herself and she didn't seem at all hurt in any way. Even her aches and pains were gone. Then she saw Rikki asleep at the bedside. She smiled to herself. She really liked the way the light shone on him. It looked very artistic. Rikki's eyes slowly opened and he stood up and yawned. He then looked over at her and they both smiled. The light on her face made her look like an angel. He sat up and they hugged each other.

"I'm glad you came to get me," she said.

"Of course I would. I love you," he said.

"I love you too."

"That reminds me," Rikki said walking away to pick up a box, "I got you something." He came back and handed it to her.

"What is it?" She took the box and looked inside. Her face lit up with so much happiness, she seemed to glow. "Oh my God!" she squealed. "You are so cute!" She lifted the white puppy from the box. She looked at it closely and it licked her face and she laughed.

"I saw him on our way to get you so I thought… well…" he trailed off.

"Thank you so much!" There were tears of joy in her eyes. Her hair changed colors to the happiest shade of orange that's naturally possible.

"Be sure to take care of him."

"It's a him?"

"Actually I'm not sure."

"I'll call him 'Fuzzies'."

"That's a good name."

"You think so?"

"Yeah."

"Oh, Fuzzies you're so cute!" she said to the dog. It licked her face and she laughed some more. Rikki gave the dog a pat. He was glad he was able to talk Aoi into buying it. Just then, Jack walked into the room.

"Is that a dog?" he asked.

"Yeah," Rikki said.

"You know the rules."

"And they are?" Rikki asked and Suzy looked over.

"No pets," he said firmly. Suzy's heart sank.

"But-but-" Suzy started to protest.

"No 'but's' Ms. Garrison, now I'm going to have to ask you to get that dog out of here." Rikki looked over. Suzy's head was lowered. He saw a tear roll down her cheek. Just then, Aoi came into the room.

"I bought that dog for him," she said at Jack. "Do you even know how much a dog costs?"

"Yes, Ms. Hashimoto, now I'm sorry, but there's to be no pets in the building." Rikki looked back at Suzy, her head still down. Her shoulders shook up and down as she started to cry with her hair going blue. Even the puppy seemed sad.

"Wait," Rikki said. Suzy looked up at him. "Jack, please. Let her keep it for a few days to let the dog get used to her. If it's your rules, then… we'll send him back to her house."

"You mean with my mom?" Suzy asked him.

"Yeah." Jack had a contemplative look on his face.

"Alright," he said with a sigh. "A couple days. I want him sent to your mother before classes on Monday." Suzy looked down at the dog still in her arms, her eyes still wet with tears.

"Oh… okay," she said quietly.

"Oh!" Jack exclaimed, "I have to tell Florence that you're okay." He walked briskly out of the room. Rikki then noticed that Duncan had gone.

Later that day a few states south.

The phone rang. The woman walked into the living room to answer it.

"Hello?" she asked.

"Florence," Jack said on the other end "I am Jack Trades, headmaster at College of Trades."

"Yeah," she said with slight indifference. "I know."

"The authorities in North City found your daughter." Her face lit up.

"Really?"

"Yes."

"Can I speak to her?"

"Sure, just hold on a minute." She waited a couple of minutes.

"Mom?" Suzy's voice said from the other end.

"Susan, is that you?"

"Yeah, Mom. I'm fine."

"Oh, that's so wonderful."

"Yeah. Also, how would you feel if I had a new dog?"

"What?"

"Rikki got me a new dog."

"Why?"

"Because I was so happy to see her returned to me, safe and sound," Rikki's voice said.

"Oh. Can you have him there?"

"We can't keep the dog here," Suzy said again. "We have to send him home. Can you promise me you'll take care of him?"

"Sure. I promise."

"I love you, Mom."

"I love you too." The call ended.


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