Hide and seek


“How long you been there, Trev?”

“Where, here?”

“Yeah. In that deep snow.”

“Dunno. Why?”

“Why? Because I’ve spent half the day looking for you.”

“This is where you left me.”

“What do you mean, left you. Last I saw, you were on a walk with me. I called you and you didn’t come. I’ve been searching for you since.”


“Well, no. Not non-stop, obviously. When the blizzard came we had to wait inside for it to clear before we could come out looking again.”


“Both of us. You don’t think Mum would stay behind when you’re missing, do you? So. Again. How long you been there?”

I haven’t moved. I found the rabbit-hole and barked to let you know. Do you remember how you reacted?”

“Remind me.”

“You told me to shut up. Your exact words were Shut up you stupid effing mutt, as I recall.”

“You know I don’t really mean it when I say that kind of thing.”



“Then explain that piece of wood behind me.”

“I threw that hoping you’d play fetch.”

“Of course you did.”

I did!

“And what happened when you realised I wasn’t going to do that – if, as you say, that was your intention?”

“I called you again.”

“Can you remember the words you used?”

“Not now, no.”

“I can. Come here, you mangy cur, you said, or rather screamed.”

“Maybe. And did you?”

“Did I what?”

“Did you do as I’d told you?”

“What do you think?”

“It seems not.”

“And can you recall what you said next?”

“Look: I don’t remember every word I say. I just say things, then it’s gone. Okay?”

“Then perhaps it’s a good thing that I do remember every word you say.”

“So what do you reckon I said?”

“You said, and I quote, Suit your bloody self you useless piece of—”

“I wouldn’t say that.”

“You did. Then you said bloody stay there; see if I care.”

“And so you did.”

“It was your orders. What else was I to do?”

“And you stayed there right through the storm?”

“Quite warm, curled up under a blanket of snow. My body heat protected me.”

“What did you eat?”

“Remember that rabbit hole I tried to tell you about… ?”

This was written in response to Kreative Kue 298 published on this site.


16 thoughts on “Hide and seek

    1. Thanks, John. Trevor doesn’t mind what I call him. His mastery of the language is rather limited. I know this because, when I explain to him in detail why certain courses of action are not advised, he generally goes ahead and does them anyway.

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          1. The transition from not listening to not hearing was quite subtle. It’s the ear-twitching and eye-movements that give it away. Sadly, having lived for some years with a labrador with progressive retinal atrophy, the deterioration in eyesight is easier to discern.

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