|These are my favourite Warriors pieces. They are the only things that I like to look at.|
((So basically, I had to pick 10 random words out of a hat and right a narrative using/involving those 10 words. The words were as follows; husky, green, Danny (a name? like wtf), call, winner, stolen, blizzard, five, diamond, orange. Good thing is that I got a good mark So... Here goes!))
Isn’t Something Missing?
Isn’t Something Missing?
“The winner of the November 2013 dog show is….” I looked down at my hands, twiddling my thumbs nervously. Will we win? That was the only thought swirling in my head right now. My husky, Diamond, had tried her hardest today, and I think she was amazing. Diamond pulled off her hurdles perfectly and she did amazing in the tricks portion. She also looks pretty, with her gray and white fur fluffed up and her blue eyes sparkling in the sunlight. I looked up at the announcing booth, shuffling my feet. There were over 50 dogs here today, and some of them were outstanding.
My competition is a very well trained white poodle named Blizzard. She has the brightest shade of white fur, and it’s very well groomed; not a speck of dirt visible. Blizzard and Diamond have been rivals for years. One competition, Blizzard wins. The next one, Diamond wins, and so on, and so forth.
“It’s my competition to win, Gillian.” Blizzard’s owner whispered to me, her familiar, annoying voice loud in my ear.
“Shut your mouth, Lorena. Take your little puffball and get out of my face.” I muttered irritably. This happens every time we go to a competition. Lorena gets annoyed because she thinks Blizzard is the best dog in the world and spoils her, while I treat my dog like a real dog and still get higher scores than her.
"…Gillian McAllen and her husky Diamond are the winners, with an almost perfect score!" I jumped and threw my fist high in the air, laughing with triumph.
"Wait, what!? I demand a re-count!" Lorena screamed, her face as red as a tomato.
I chuckled and patted Diamond's head. She wagged her fluffy tail happily. “Looks like you were wrong. It seems your precious little dog is no match for my Diamond.” I teased with a smirk.
“Whatever.” Lorena muttered, shooting me an angry glare. She picked up Blizzard and carried her away, tossing her long, brown hair over her shoulder.
“Gillian.” A tall man walked over to Diamond and I; a camera crew was following. “Congratulations on your victory.” He said with a smile as he handed me a bouquet of flowers. He bent down and put a necklace of bright flowers around Diamond’s neck, attaching them to her orange collar. He patted the husky’s fluffy head before taking Diamond and I in the studio for an interview.
“How about we get you some dog treats?” I cooed, clipping Diamond’s leash onto her collar.
It was the next day. Life was looking up; my aunt Kristi got married, my sister Rachelle had started university, the fish were plentiful in our little town, and Diamond and I were racking up wins in dog competitions.
I still hadn’t rewarded Diamond for all of her hard work yesterday, so why not walk her down to the corner store and buy her a pack of dog treats? She deserved it.
I slipped on my shoes, laced them up, and slipped on my warm hoodie. “I’m going to the-“I started, but stopped myself. I had almost forgotten that my parents had gone out on a business trip for the next five days, but I am sixteen, so I can take care of Diamond and myself during that time period. I shrugged and grabbed my keys. I took hold of Diamond’s lead and took her outside, locking the door behind me.
Despite it being chilly, the warm, radiant, morning sun kept me warm. I walked along the path with Diamond trotting beside me, leaving paw-prints in the dirt. I turned my head to the left and looked at the wide expanse of crystal-blue water as far as the eye could see. I looked up at the clear sky, with only a few wisps of white clouds visible today. Little brown specks were gliding in the sky; they were eagles, a common sight in our town. One time, after I went fishing, I had caught a trout and was putting the key in the lock on my door. I remember the eagle swooping down and stealing the trout right out of my hands. What a strange thing for an eagle to do!
As we rounded the corner, I saw the small, white convenience store up ahead. I broke into a run, my feet slapping the dirt path rhythmically as Diamond sped along beside me. I skidded to a halt in front of the store. I looked up at the sign. No dogs allowed. I guess I’ll have to leave her out here. I looped the leash around the bike poles and tied it there tightly. I gave her a pat on the head, and left her there.
I think that was the worst mistake I’ve ever made in my life.
“That’ll be $12.65, please.” The store clerk with the spiked black hair told me. He held out his hand and I gave him the exact change.
“Thank you!” I said with a smile, taking the heavy bag of dog treats in one arm and opening the door in the other. I turned and looked over. “Diamond, come here…“ I stopped myself. “Isn’t something missing?” I said quietly. I brought my hands up to my face, dropping my bag of food.
Diamond, my professional show dog, had been stolen.
“Please pick up, please pick up….” I repeated over and over, with my cellphone pressed against my ear. I tapped my foot impatiently.
“Good gosh, Gillian, why are you calling me so early?” Danny muttered tiredly. “I just got up.” He said with a yawn.
“Well, hello to you, too.” I said, laughing slightly. “I have a problem. Uh, Diamond got stolen.” I said quietly. “She got stolen right outside of Richie’s Convenience store.” I added, feeling my eyes get watery with tears.
Danny was silent for a minute, probably thinking of something to say. “I’m going to make some posters and then I’ll be at your place as fast as I can, okay?” Danny said, and I already heard him clicking away with his mouse on his laptop.
“Thanks Danny.” I said quietly, and then hung up, putting my phone back in my pocket. I really didn’t want to leave this place, since Diamond could come back any moment, but Danny was meeting me at my house. I picked up the bag that I had dropped, and started walking home.
My front door opened. Someone came in my house without knocking, so obviously it was Danny. He never knocks.
Currently, I was up in my room, on my comfortable bed, lying on my blankets, while thinking about what to do. I could vaguely hear Danny kick off his shoes and start jogging up my stairs. He appeared in my room no more than a minute later.
Danny was tall, with short blonde hair styled into a swoop to the left and bright blue eyes. He was wearing dark jeans and an orange shirt; orange was his favourite colour, and it was mine, too. He sat on my bed beside me and dropped a stack of papers beside me.
“What are these?” I asked quietly.
“Take a look.” He said with a small smile.
I picked up the sheet on top. It was a flyer for Diamond. It said; Lost Dog. Husky, female, orange collar. Goes by the name Diamond. This dog is a professional show dog and if very close to our hearts. If found, please contact Gillian McAllen. And then it had a pretty picture of my dog and my phone number.
“Thank you, Danny.” I whispered, putting the sheet back on the pile.
“It’s nothing, Gill.” He said and gave me a short hug. “Now, let’s go put these flyers up, shall we?”
“I haven’t seen Diamond for three days, and I really miss her, Dan.” I sighed quietly.
I was in his basement, and he was working on a history assignment on his laptop while we watched TV. Commercials blared in the background of our conversation like my mom telling me to clean my room. It went in one ear and out the other.
“I know Gillian. Someone’s bound to call soon.” He reassured me, placing one hand gently on my shoulder.
“But what if they don’t?” I countered with a sigh, running a hand through my short, highlighted brown hair.
“But ‘what if’ this, but ‘what if’ that! You’re such a worrier Gillian, just stay calm, okay?”
I rolled my eyes at him and he smirked. “You know I’m right.” He spoke with pride. As soon as he finished speaking, my phone started ringing. I exchanged a glance with Danny and picked up.
“Hello?” I spoke with uncertainty.
“Hi, I think my daughter may have found your dog. Why don’t you come over to 392 Birchfall Avenue and we can give you back your dog?” A female voice sounded through the phone.
“Thank you! I’ll be over as soon as I can!” I exclaimed with a wide grin, and hung up. I looked at Danny and nodded. “We need to go to Birchfall Avenue.” I told him quickly, already putting on my lace up shoes. “Right now.”
“Here it is, 392 Birchfall Avenue.” I whispered half to myself as I looked at the huge, brick house looming above us.
“It looks promising.” Danny said with a smile, walking up to the door with not a hind of hesitation; that’s just the person Danny is. He knocked on the big, brown door and I stood beside him.
A woman most likely in her mid-forties with short black hair and tan skin answered to door, swinging it open and smiling at us. “Hi! Are you Gillian McAllen?”
I nodded. “Yes I am! Do you have my dog?”
“I think so.” The lady said, bringing us through her very clean house to her backyard. Immediately, my eyes wandered to a gray and white husky. It ran over to me, and I smiled sadly. “This… isn’t my dog. My dog is bigger than this, and has blue eyes, not gray eyes. And my dog has an orange collar, not a green collar.” I explained quietly. I felt Danny put his strong arm around my shoulder.
“Oh, dear, I’m sorry about that.” The lady said with sympathy.
Danny walked me through the gate at the side and took his arm away. “I’m sorry.” He whispered.
I shrugged, sighing. “Don’t be sorry, this isn’t your fault.”
“I just don’t like seeing you so sad.”
“Hopefully I won’t be like this for too much longer.” I looked at him with tears in my eyes and then turned and walked away.
“My parents will be home tomorrow.” I told Danny, lying across the couch, putting my feet on his knees.
He looked at me, and cocked one eyebrow. He glanced down at my feet. “Do you mind?” He asked, rolling his eyes. He smiled.
“Yeah, I do.” I chuckled, though the laugh sounded dry and forced.
He pushed my feet off of him. “We’ll find Diamond at some point, don’t you worry.” He said with a grin.
“You’re sure?” I said, sitting up beside him.
“I’m one hundred percent sure.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“I just am.”
“Gillian, I promise you we will find Diamond. Even if it takes forever, even if we have to miss school, we will find her. I promise.”
I just hope Danny keeps his promise.
The sun shone brightly in the afternoon sky, making a reflection off my phone screen onto my ceiling. I watched my phone, waiting for a call; I was almost desperate for one now. I just needed to see Diamond again.
At the end of the day, you’ve just got to say it’s alright! My phone started blaring in the almost silent room. I reached forward and answered the phone. “Hello?”
“Am I speaking to Gillian McAllen?” A mysterious female voice asked.
“Yes! This is Gillian.” I said, suspicious.
“Hello there, Gillian! This is Darcy Wilson from the Hermitage animal shelter! We were just wondering if you would like to look at the dogs here, just in case Diamond was brought here.”
“Well, yeah! I would love to!”
“Great! You know where we are, yes?”
“Yeah, I’ll be there as soon as I can!”
I hung up, slid my phone in my pocket, and stood up. I grabbed a few things: my wallet, a green sweater, a picture of my dog, and my keys. I slipped on my hoodie and my shoes, and left the house. I began jogging to Danny’s condo.
“Hey Gill!” He greeted, opening the door and putting on his shoes.
“Hey. We’re going to the animal shelter.” I told him, throwing a green sweater he forgot at my place at him.
“I forgot that sweater.” He said, putting it on and zipping it up.
“Let’s go!” I said.
The animal shelter was only a street away from Danny’s place. I had been there plenty of times, because Danny works there, and sometimes I go with him.
The giant building stood tall in front of us, and we both sped to a run. Danny was known for being the fastest person in Hermitage. Though, with only 600 people in the town, it’s probably not so hard to be the best at something in this city.
Danny used his member card to let us in, and he took me over to the dogs. “I hadn’t even thought of taking you here.” He said. “I’m so stupid.”
“You’re forgetful.” I corrected, looking left and right and all the dogs. There were Labrador retrievers, poodles, German shepherds, bulldogs… every dog you could think of. Then, we rounded the corner, and there were huskies. Finally! I thought, walking over to the crate with Danny beside me.
Though there were many beautiful huskies, none of them were mine.
“That’s too bad.” Danny sighed, grabbing my wrist and leading me out of the animal shelter.
I looked out the window at the dark blue sky. It was finally night time, and I was at Danny’s place. His mom had just brought us some food, but I couldn’t eat. I was worried about what my parents would say when they saw that Diamond was gone.
Danny sat closer to the window than me, his eyes seemingly fixed on something that I couldn’t see. I shrugged and turned my attention back to the TV, watching some show about zombies that Danny had put on for us.
After about 10 minutes, Danny stood up and went closer to the window. I cocked one eyebrow and watched him curiously. “What do you see?” I asked him after a few moments of silence.
“Do you see that?” He asked, beckoning for me to come over.
“See what?” I flicked off the TV and stood up. I walked towards him and he moved to give me a better view of outside.
There was a girl outside. She was tall, with long, brown hair and pale skin. She was walking a big, fluffy gray and white dog.
“It’s Diamond!” Danny said, grabbing my shoulders and shaking them until my head started to spin and stars dotted the edges of my vision.
I pushed him off gently, getting dizzy. “Lorena’s got her!” I said, frustrated. How hadn’t I thought of this earlier? That girl had always been jealous of my dog!
“Let’s go!” Danny exclaimed, running over to the door. I followed right behind, slipping on my shoes and my sweater.
I burst through the door and Lorena gasped. She grabbed Diamond’s collar and started running. Diamond was barking loudly and growling at her. Danny sprinted after her, with me hot on his heels. We gained ground and got closer to Lorena. I dashed ahead of Danny and grabbed Diamond’s collar.
Danny wrestled with Lorena until she let go, and she fell on the ground. Diamond jumped up on me and licked my face. I pet her, feeling so relieved. I glanced over at Danny, who had his cellphone in one hand, and Lorena’s arm in the other hand, with a tight grip; like if he let her go she’d disappear. She was screaming and cussing at him to let go while he was on the phone with the police.
In the distance, I could already hear the sirens blaring. “Thank you.” I whispered, to nobody in particular. I buried my face in Diamond’s fur, glad to have her back.
“I’m sorry about all of this, Ms. McAllen.” The police man said sympathetically, cuffing Lorena’s hands together. “You’ll get compensation from her.”
“Thanks.” I said, clipping Diamond’s leash to her collar. She licked my chin.
Danny stood beside me. He turned to look at me. “You finally got Diamond back.” He said with a smile.
Danny’s words echoed in my head; ‘Gillian, I promise you we will find Diamond. Even if it takes forever, even if we have to miss school, we will find her. I promise.’
“You kept your promise.” I whispered, grinning up at him.
“I never break my promises.” He replied, giving me a quick hug.
“Sweetie, we’re home!” My mom called as she walked in the door with my dad.
I ran down the stairs with Diamond at my side. “Hi Mom! Hi Dad!” I exclaimed happily, throwing my arms around them.
“Hi, honey! How were your five days without us here?” My dad asked me, taking off his hat and coat.
“It was… boring.” I said with a smirk.
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