On Sundays we do beginnings. Here’s the start of Heart of Barkness, the brand new Chet and Bernie novel. Can you read it if you haven’t read any others in the series? Yes, according to the 28th amendment (ratified late last night).

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once. Rick opened the passenger-side door of the black-and-white. I hopped in, sat up nice and tall, totally alert, ready for anything. Was my tongue hanging out? Possibly. I got most of it stuffed back in. We have standards, me and Bernie, just one of the reasons that the Little Detective Agency is so successful, except for the finances part. It’s called the Little Detective Agency on account of Bernie’s last name being Little, but we’re equal partners, Bernie handling the gunplay and the so-therefores and me bringing other things to the table. Maybe we’ll get to my teeth a little later.


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13 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:02 am on August 4th, 2019

    Excellent beginning.

    Good morning all.

  2. Luna from This Side of the Bridge
    12:07 pm on August 4th, 2019

    We welcomed B’s Charlie to This Side of the Bridge last night. He and his ears are Restored to Prime. He didn’t try to bring their, B’s and his, easy chair across the Bridge and Ole Doc would have done. But, I did find him convincing the Thieves to disable the alarm on one of the Veil’s emergency fire exits so he could visit B, their easy chair, and the kennel at will. I explained to him that the Veil can be made thin for just such a purpose. The Thieves still insisted on disabling the alarm, I insisted they didn’t. Charlie put his money on me.

  3. B. Stover
    1:04 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Very sad. But Charlie restored to prime is a good thought. He’s romping around with Brandy.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:02 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Sad to hear the news about Charlie, but good to know the veil is thin, so that he and B can still share their easy chair.

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Caught!….Speeding!…grunt!…My friend the speed maniac was driving well over the speed limit going home today and a Copper (Joe) stopped her. He informed her she was going 8 miles an hour over the speed limit and he had to put a stop to it or else someone would be hurt….grunt!…But he turned out to be a Softie and gave my friend a “Vocal Warning”…chuffle!…I’m just glad I wasn’t with her or things would have turned out differently…grump!bah!snarl!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:04 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Charlie!…Be sure to get on Beau’s good side right off the bat and all will be well with youse up there in the Heaven’s…sniff!…Goodbye ole friend! Happy Trails and Tails!…weep!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:23 pm on August 4th, 2019

    RIO! So Friend has a bit of a “lead” foot, eh? ;^)

  8. Charlie from The Other Side of the Bridge
    8:58 pm on August 4th, 2019

    B: Regards from Brandy. We have been racing about This Side of the Bridge marching each other stride for stride.

    Rio: I managed to get on Beau’s good side by default on account of me not being the Thieves! The Thieves are still in shock that Beau has a good side.

  9. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:03 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Sneeze!….Charliez is a treasure…eh!yup!…He even offered to shine my paws right after I met him….snuffle!…What a true Angel…snorkel!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Rose!…I for 1 do not consider 2+2+2+2 miles an hour over the speed limit on a deserted street lead-pawed….grunt!….But my friend got out of it without the help of Maury M., her go-to-lawyer..yeeep!…Thank dawg!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Rose!…And just ask Staff wot a good driver my friend is….(churkel!snort!)

  12. Thieves!
    10:25 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Rio: We don’t consider that speeding either. We consider it going backwards.

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on August 4th, 2019

    Thieves!…I knew you would be on my friends side. Even though she did not officially get in trouble…eh!heh!

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