I’m sure by now you’ve all heard the overblown tales of what supposedly happened last weekend. Well, don’t listen to any of that. I’m going to give you the facts, and then you’ll know the truth.
Mom and Dad and Flike and I all went out to Roundrock on Sunday. It was the usual long, boring drive, but once we got off the paved road, I got excited because I knew where we were. Even that big dumbo, Flike, figured it out. So we got to the cabin and walked around like we usually did. Mom and Dad and I walked down to the lake, but dumbo Flike had to bring a stick along and get Dad or Mom to throw it for him. (I would have thrown it in the lake!) Then we went back to the cabin and Mom and Dad did whatever it is they do there. I mostly just watched them and checked out all of the fresh smells around the place.
Later in the morning, Dad and Flike went for a walk deep into the forest. Don’t tell me it isn’t so: Flike is their favorite. Why does he always get to go on these long walks while I have to stay shut up in the dumb cabin with Mom? Don’t get me wrong. She’s nice to me. But I’m sure someone made a mistake because I should be allowed to go on those walks too.
Anyway, I could hear dumbo barking way off in the woods. There’s nothing discreet about that dog! After a while, Mom let me out of the cabin. I’m sure it was because she realized that I was supposed to have gone on the walk with Dad and dumbo. So of course I ran into the woods to catch up with them. It was easy to do. I just had to keep going toward the sound of Flike’s loud barks.
Mom must have been excited about going too because she chased along behind me, though she couldn’t keep up. I ran across a big area then down a hill and up another. Mom couldn’t keep up with me, but that was okay since I knew she’d just go toward the barking. But then a bad thing happened.
I couldn’t hear dumbo barking any longer. I didn’t know where to go, and I was all alone in the big forest. That wasn’t part of my plan!
But Mom saved me. She started calling my name, and then I knew where to run. And I did. As fast as I could. Then Mom put us in the truck and drove to where Dad and dumbo were digging holes in the woods.
Dad and Flike came back with us to the cabin, and we spent the rest of the day there, but for some reason they put me on a leash tied to a tree!
Queequeg the Magnificent