It was a dark an' stormy nite....not exactly, it was more like a dark an' foggy nite where everythin' gets really still.
Dad worked late an' when he came home, I greeted him like usual....but no Lexie. She was out back doin' somethin'. He went an' changed into his loungin' jammies from his work clothes. When he came back into the livin' room, mom asked him where Lexie was. It's super unusual for her not to greet dad when he comes home late. She usually beats me to him, an' we usualy have a lil' scufflin' goin' on to see who can get to him first.
Mom's alarm bell in her head went off....she went to the back door an' started whistlin' an' callin' Lexie. Dad even tried....but there was nada...nothin' ....no Lexie.
Mom grabs her big lite an' tells me to "find Lexie". We both head outside. Dad only goes to the patio 'cause he's barefooted & in his jammies (he dont' have the nite time jammie experience that mom does). I race ahead to check our our favorite corner, mom follows a lil' slower. She's walkin' w/all that foggy stuff swirlin' around her feet an' shinin' her lite in a big circle. Dad calls out to mom askin' if she sees her. Mom says "no"...then dad goes back an' gets mom crocky shoes, she keeps by the back door, an' comes out to help look.
By then mom's made it past the big grapefruit tree an' is shinin' her lite across the back. It's pretty foggy, but it's mostly layin' in a mistly like layer over the ground. Her alarm bells have now turned into a lil' panic.....a true code 10. All kinds of scenarios are goin' thru her head.....Lexie layin' hurt (have no idea how that could happen), a giant hole in the fence (only if someone sawed a big hole in it, an' I'm sure one of us woulda' made some noise about that), Lexie floatin' in her pond (as if...mom's reachin' for straws here)...or someone took her (again, as if....there's no way someone could even get in our yard much less grab one of us). It was just too quiet...an' no Lexie. I hadn't found her either, but I did find a mouse in dad's tractor. Mom said that wasn't helpin'.
All of a sudden outa the misty fog, there's Lexie.....w/a huge possum in her mouth. She's got her head held way back an' that thing was still draggin' the ground. Mom calls her...an' then of all things (it was outa her mouth before she could take it back) tells Lexie to, "bring it". Bein' fresh from her successful quail huntin' experience, Lexie did just that. Mom's goin', "oh..nonononono..no" as Lexie heads straight for mom w/this huge critter. I don't think' mom's eyes have ever gotten that big before. It was like time stood still, as mom's mind scurried to figure out how to touch/not touch that possum since Lexie was "bringin'" it to mom as she told her to.
There was Lexie right there in front of mom w/her possum...waggin' her tail for catchin' it an' bringin' it to mom. She was just so proud of herself. Mom was still in the "what to do mode"...finally, she told Lexie how proud she was of her an' to "leave it". Lexie was still holdin' it waitin' for mom to take it or to at least pet her for doin' a great job. Mom didnt' want to take it, an' she was a lil' hesitant to pet Lexie since that thing was "right there". Me an' dad were just hangin' back watchin' the show.
Mom, graspin' at straws again, told Lexie how good she was an' to go in the kitchen for a cookie. Lexie liked that idea....an' immediately headed for the house....w/the possum still in her mouth. Again...mom's goin'..."noooo nooo nooo...." an' is on her heels. Hopin' against hope that she wasn't gonna find Lexie an' the possum in her kitchen. (Lexie does like to negotiate w/trade).
Whew! As mom, me an' dad got to the house, there was Lexie sittin' on the patio waitin'...w/her possum layin' there on the ground. You coulda felt the relief from mom...an' then the shudderin' "yuck" at the site of that critter & his teeth. Just the thought of it layin' on her kitchen floor like it was layin' there still gives her chills.
Lexie wasn't happy when mom grabbed her collar an' took her in the house. She wanted to stay out there w/that possum. Mom made sure that she made a big deal about how good Lexie was an' rewarded her w/a big bacon chew. Dad got a shovel, & I helped by escortin' him across the back to dispose of the possum. I was ready if it tried to bail (that's happened to mom, before). No one was sure if it was playin' possum or not....an' no one was willin' to examine it, either. Lexie's never gotten one this big before, so it was a 50/50 deal.
When we got back to the house, mom opened the doggy door an' Lexie zoomed outside. Lexie an' I did a thorough seach of the yard to make sure it was critter free, then went back to the house to find mom an' dad sittin' on the couch countin' their blessin's. Lexie was safe. She remembered not to take critters in the house. Mom didn't have to touch it. An' I didn't catch the mouse to add anymore excitement.
Once again...alls well that ends well........