Chapter 4 – Extract 26 from The Paradise Induction!
“Chris!” shouted Vernon from the other side of the bungalow.
“Yeah!” I replied.
“I need to introduce you to the dogs and security system before we leave.”
“Okay,” I said. I grabbed my plastic wallet with all my Work Permit paperwork inside. I shot out of the room, pacing around the corner, passing through the dining room, enjoying the unique smell of the place—like sun lotion. It confirmed I was in new territory. A new beginning.
Vernon was standing by the back door of the kitchen that led to the garden. He had two blue dog bowls in his hands.
“You see these bowls,” Vernon said. “This one is for Rocky. And this one is for Rambo.”
“Okay,” I said, noticing that Rocky’s bowl was larger. “Rocky’s the bigger dog?”
“Yeah. Now I mix the dry food with the wet for both of them and add water. You’re going to need to feed them sometimes.”
“Oh, okay,” I replied, remembering I went through this before. They were security dogs so they needed to get acquainted to my scent so as to know I wasn’t an intruder. I put my Work Permit documents down.
Vernon opened the door to the garden and handed the bowls to me.
Here I go again, I thought as I stepped outside. I could hear footsteps bounding around the house before both dobermans appeared, running toward me. Rocky the bigger one jumped at me and I could feel the weight of him as he lifted his forefeet to push against me. I placed the bowls down and the dogs were into the food quickly.