On Sundays we do beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™ As you may know, the Chet and Bernie series can-be-read-in-anyorder™. One of the reasons for that is that Chet and Bernie are already together by the time of book 1, Dog On It. For how they got together, you have to read the first of the C&B e-short stories, A Cat Was Involved. Here’s how it starts (but before we get to that, may I mention that the next short story, The Numbers After Two, will pop into inboxes for free on July 6 to all who preorder Tender Is The Bite, the upcoming C&B novel? See link below).

“Chet—let’s get a move on, buddy.”

Chet? That was me, and getting a move on was my kind of thing. Plus here at K-9 school they were big fans of coming after your name was called—pretty soon after, in fact, if you wanted a treat. Which I always did. But at this particular moment, I had just lifted my leg, and once started in on something like that, there’s really no stopping till it’s over, as you probably know. I’m not referring to the brief leg lift for marking purposes, over and done with in a flash. This was the other kind, much longer-lasting, and often a peaceful break in the day, where the mind can wander in a pleasant sort of—


I finished up and trotted over to Officer Bobby Torres. Bobby gave me a funny look. I gave him a funny look back. His eyes, dark and watchful, narrowed a bit, and he wrote something on his clipboard. I yawned.


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13 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:33 am on May 30th, 2021

    Good morning to everyone!
    That beginning always makes us chuckle here. Chet really has a way with words.
    Enjoy the middle of a three day weekend.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:47 am on May 30th, 2021


    Chet, I am always looking for treats too!

    Two more photos of Friend’s seed pots. There are some wascally wabbits hidden in there.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:48 am on May 30th, 2021
  4. Herd of Hounds
    10:52 am on May 30th, 2021

    Well in spite of those wascally wabbits, the seedlings look pretty good.

  5. B. Stover
    12:33 pm on May 30th, 2021

    Great short story.

    Good day to all.

  6. WTAFP
    1:26 pm on May 30th, 2021

    Rio. Suggest to your friend at her convenience that she might consider checking her SDD. Deals with Andy Weir.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:44 pm on May 30th, 2021

    WTAFP!…I must be missing something as I do not have any SDDs dealing with Andy Weir…wheeze!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on May 30th, 2021

    Hobbit!…Got your SDD and we were will be responding once we know for sure what our response actually is….heh!heh!…So very glad you LOVED the book…chuffle!…Now if WTAFP and Blu-Kat would read it and check in that would be amazing!…snorkel!

  9. WTAFP
    9:02 pm on May 30th, 2021

    Rio. Sorry, I will resend when I have a chance. It’s about a live video lecture he is giving this Wednesday in conjunction with the Air and Space Museum.

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:16 pm on May 30th, 2021

    YEEEEP!…Yes, please to re-send that. I hope it is not scheduled when my friend is working…gah!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on May 30th, 2021

    WTAFP!…I just found it online. June 2nd 6-7pm. Doesn’t specify time zone though…gah!gurgle!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on May 30th, 2021

    Location!….I looked for a location of the Museum and it says “One Museum 2 Locations”….grump!

  13. Hobbit
    3:15 am on May 31st, 2021

    6.0 EARTHQUAKE! The Hobbit House is ok.

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