There were 2 dogs-Buffy and Puffy. They were friends. This is their story.
Buffy was the kind of dog who would eat any kind of food. That went with his general character. He would take life as it comes. He would make friends easily with other dogs and people and go with them. Many a times, Buffy was hurt by other dogs he thought were his friends. But he could not change himself. He needed whatever he needed at the earliest. He could not wait. He had little patience.
Puffy liked to get what he exactly wanted. He would go on to describe for himself what he exactly wanted and then pursue it. Puffy would say no, to many things which he did not want. He would go alone than be with other dogs he did not like. He was quite a loner that way. He was impatient too, but he would wait forever for what he really wanted. He would not compromise. He wondered at times, if that patience or impatience.
Both Buffy and Puffy lived in the same locality with a few other dogs. Both of them were stray dogs. They would feed on bones and food stuff given to them by the residents of the locality. They had grown up in the same surroundings. The colony was a miniature set up with about 10 houses, all identical looking and the residents used to work in the government. It was countryside environment-peaceful and serene. The colony was called Saja.
One day, another dog, a female came to the colony. She looked lost.
“She is pretty,” said Buffy, to Puffy.
“Shut up, will you? Let’s ask her if she is lost and needs help,” replied Puffy.
Puffy approached the bitch and asked her, “Hey, what are you doing here, you seem lost. Where are you from?”
“I am from a town far from here. It’s called Lavasa. There is a river which flows by that town and I got washed by. I am a pet. I live with my masters and they take very care of me. I do not know how to go back. Will you help me?”
“Oh, my God! I am so sorry to hear your story. I do not know where Lavasa is and how far it is from here. I am not sure how I can help you. We have got a small community here. We are about 7 of us. Would you like to stay here for a while? My name is Puffy. What’s your name?”
“My name is Susha. Thank you. I am not sure if I can live with you. My master would be looking for me and getting anxious and worried. I must go back, in some time, if not immediately.”
“Okay, fine, Susha. We will figure out how we can send you back. But while we do that, we will have to request you, for your own safety to stay here for a while. I promise we will help you. Would you like something to eat?”
“Thank you, Puffy. Yes, I am hungry.”
Buffy was looking at the conversation from a distance. He did not know what was going on. He already felt he was in love with the bitch. When Puffy returned, Buffy asked him what happened and Puffy relayed the story of Susha to Buffy.
“Don’t let her go now. I will not let her go,” cried Buffy.
Puffy wasn’t yet sure how he felt about this situation. He found Susha pretty as well and he did not want to let her go. But, he felt that it was important for her to go back, since her master is looking for her.
“Shut up, Buffy. She doesn’t belong here. Her life is elsewhere. She has to go back. I have only requested her to stay here while we find a way for her to reach Lavasa,” replied Puffy.
“But, she came here by her own. We did not force her to come here.”
“Yes, and we cannot force her to stay here as well.”
The conversation ended on a sour note. Buffy did not want Susha to leave and Puffy wanted the same. But, Puffy also knew that she had to go back. The colony, Saja, did not have any single dog members. Besides Puffy and Buffy, there were 2 couple dogs only. The distribution of gender was left to the caresses of destiny.
Susha was scared. She was already lost for a long time and now she found Puffy and Buffy arguing, but she could not hear what they were squabbling about. She had to stay there for a while and trust Puffy, who said that he will figure a way out.
Days started passing by. Susha would ask Puffy everyday what he was thinking and Puffy would tell her that he has been asking other dogs in the neighborhood colony and he hasn’t yet figured the way to Lavasa.
In the meanwhile, the 3 of them became friends and they would spend time playing and frolicking around Saja. As much as Susha wanted to go back, she got used to the friendship of Buffy and Puffy. She found herself torn between a desire to go back to Lavasa and staying back in Saja.
A month has passed by. One night, when Buffy was away to play, Puffy and Susha were alone.
“You know Puffy, I don’t want to go back anymore,” said Susha.
“What! Are you serious?” asked Puffy.
“Yes, I am happy here. Although my masters were caring but I like to live within my own community. You and Buffy are so loving and helpful. You, specially, have been so helpful. Thank you, Puffy.”
“You are welcome, Susha. I can’t tell you how glad I am that you are not going anymore. I am so happy. I don’t know what to do.”
Susha smiled, coyly.
“I, I love you, Puffy,” she said.
“What? Say that again.”
“I love you.”
Puffy could not believe what was happening. It was the most unreal days of his life. He had grown fond of Susha in the last one month, but he did not think of love. But now when Susha professed her love for him, he felt he loved her too.
“I love you too,” Puffy replied. They hugged.
When Buffy returned, Puffy told him that Susha is not going and that she loves him.
Buffy could not understand what to feel. On one hand, he was so happy that Susha was not going-happiness he could not express. On the other hand, it was Puffy she loved and not him.
The three of them celebrated that night with bones and veggies, all at once. They danced together. After which, Buffy left Puffy and Susha together and went back to sleep, in tears.
The very next day, another bitch, lost, reached Saja.
End of Story
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