The Sheep Dog And The Wolf Go For CoffeePosted: February 23, 2011
The Wolf hangs around a coffee shop in a trendy part of town. His hair is flecked with gray. The slight limp he had years ago is now pronounced. He smiles more than he used to. His gaze is still sharp, but the ill will that once shone there is gone.
Coffee shop bustle surrounds The Wolf. He is a regular. People drift in and out, greeting him as they pass. He lingers, joking a little with the women behind the counter before he moves on.
The Wolf walks this greener pasture among sheep he’d have savaged twenty years ago. Today, they have nothing to fear from him.
The Sheep Dog wanders in for some hot chocolate. His hair is flecked with gray. He smiles more than he used to. His gaze is still sharp, but things don’t look so black and white to him anymore.
In a coffee shop twenty years and five miles from their old pasture, The Wolf and The Sheep Dog exchange a nod. Each leaves, wondering if the other remembers him. Cold days pass, one after another. Some days their paths cross, others they don’t. The Wolf always smiles and nods, sometimes tossing in a “good to see you, Dog.”
Days and weeks go by, until the day the Sheep Dog walked up on The Wolf outside the coffee shop. The Wolf didn’t realize The Dog was behind him until he heard his name called. In the past, The Sheep Dog catching The Wolf unaware was a rare occurrence that never ended well for The Wolf.
“You’re the one I used to chase back in the day, aren’t you?” The Wolf’s smile got big and he nodded, “that was me.”
You Ain’t Fast Like You Was
The old foes laughed about the old place and days. About how the kids now don’t understand how it was. About their little victories over each other. Then The Wolf’s voice grew quiet.
“I’m different now, Dog. Thirteen years off that stuff. I ain’t going back, to that stuff or to that place. Here, in there, they know I was sick. I tell ‘em I’m thirteen years better and they don’t mind me coming ’round. I’m straight up about that part. But they don’t know all what I was. They don’t know what you know.”
The Sheep Dog smiled and told him his secret was safe, then started in to the shop. As they parted, The Wolf said “Be safe, Dog, you ain’t fast like you was back when”.
“I don’t have to be fast anymore. You ain’t running.”
Stay strong, Wolf.