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Adventures of Cookie the Stray, Chapter 9

Updated on November 3, 2017
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Peg lives on ten acres northeast of Dallas with her husband, their two dogs, stray cats and the occasional opossum.

A Quiet Afternoon on the Square

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Costumes and Jewelry

The old man hit the button and unlocked the door for the couple who stood outside of the store. It had been a quiet morning during which the owner was able to get a lot of repair work completed. He’d just started on some settings when the buzzer interrupted his concentration.

He had a keen eye for a quick assessment of potential customers who could only enter the shop if he deemed them trustworthy. By himself at the shop, he couldn’t afford to take any chances. These two looked like ordinary folks. He pressed the release for the door, stood up from his chair and brushed down the wrinkles in his jeweler’s apron.

The couple came through the door with the man leading the way. He wore a faded denim jacket, jeans and boots with a cowboy hat pulled low over his features. The woman had on a sleeveless summer top over tight-fitting black jeans and high heels. Her head was coiled up with blonde curls held tightly in place with a generous application of hairspray. Around her wrist, a diamond-studded leash connected at the other end to a hairy, blonde dog wagging a black tongue.

“The dog has to stay outside,” the shop owner announced from the back of the store.

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“I don’t think so, old man,” the guy told him, slipping a revolver out of the waistband of his jeans. The red bandanna tied around his neck was now pulled up over his nose and mouth. The piercing blue eyes above the red flashed a message of danger.

“No, no,” the shopkeeper squeaked. “It’s okay. You don’t need to use that. The dog can stay.”

“In case you haven’t figured it out mister, this ain’t about the dog.” He waved the gun in the shopkeeper’s face for effect. The woman moved to the front of the store and closed the blinds over the large picture window.

“I’ll cooperate. There’s no need for violence.”

“Oh, you’ll do more than that,” the guy in the hat said. He dropped a zippered nylon bag on the glass display case. “Put the good stuff in the bag.” The old man pulled a ring of keys from a hook behind the cabinet and with trembling hands unlocked the latch on the back. He pulled out a tray of Rolex watches and gold bracelets and began shoveling the velvet boxes into the bag. “And don’t forget that tray of loose stones.” He pointed the pistol toward the jewelry repair area where several diamonds awaited their settings into rings.

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The woman wandered around the small store peering into the different displays as the shopkeeper emptied out the contents of display cabinets. Stopping at one with a collection of high school rings she tapped on the glass top and pointed without speaking. The dog sat down next to her feet.

“Over there, now,” he smacked the old man across the ear with the barrel of the gun. “Hurry it up,” he ordered.

“You know that’s only costume jewelry,” he told the pair, hoping to spare himself further injury by being cooperative. He held his ear with a spindly, gnarled hand. Blood oozed from between his fingers.

“Of course I know that.” He motioned with the gun. “Now, put that stuff into one of those velvet bags.” The old man found a black drawstring bag embroidered with the store’s name in silver thread.

“Don’t bother with the boxes,” the denim clad man instructed. “Just get it done.” He waved the gun around again inspiring the shopkeeper to use both hands while he loaded Timex watches and gemstone rings and necklaces into the bag with the rest of the cheaper items.

When the bag was full, the woman zipped it closed, then, grabbed both bags and backed toward the door.

“Buzz us out,” the man ordered. The shopkeeper did as he was told, pressing the buzzer again. The door unlocked with a loud click. The robber held the door open with one hand allowing the woman and the dog to pass through first.

“Now, sit down on the floor where I can see you away from the alarm.” He did as he was told groaning with the effort of stiff joints that betrayed his age.

She nodded an all clear and stepped out onto the sidewalk with the dog. As she turned to walk away, a single shot rang out. The man followed the woman outside as the door swished closed guided along on its hydraulic mechanism. They walked casually across the street to a parking spot and got into a truck. As they pulled away from the curb and out of sight, she pulled off the wig and shook out her long black hair. She tossed the wig into the nylon bag and stuffed it behind the driver’s seat.

“Let’s go get something to drink,” she said as he shifted gears in the truck.

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Jeb rolled off the couch face down and landed on the floor at the clanging of the phone. Grabbing his head he whispered a few choice expletives. One hand snaked up across the coffee table knocking over a collection of beer bottles. Several fell off dumping the remainder of their contents onto the carpet.

“Yeah,” he yelled into the receiver. The noise of his own voice sent searing pain into his head.

“Our man got a bead on her yesterday,” the gravelly voice on the other end of the line told him.

“So, where is she?” He gently rubbed his temples as he listened.

“Looks like she filled up at a truck stop in Mt. Pleasant,” he told Jeb. “One of the regulars saw her with three dogs. He figured it had to be her.”

“Are you sure it was her?”

“Yep, he pulled out right behind her and checked the license plate. My guy in the transport lost her around the I-20 and I-30 exchange, but another trucker picked up the car at in a motel parking lot near Gun Barrel City where he stays.”

“Well? Did he get the job done?”

“Sure did. The package is in her suitcase along with the gun.”

“What about the tail?” Jeb asked.

“Right on target,” the voice told him. Jeb clicked the phone back into the cradle and headed to the bathroom for some aspirin. His head pounded as he smiled into the mirror.

“Oh, yes,” he said to his whiskery reflection as he rubbed the stubble on his chin. “That’ll teach her a lesson. Nobody leaves me until I want them to.”

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© 2017 Peg Cole

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      Peg Cole 7 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ooh, I like that, Maria, intrigue and edginess. Good ones! Glad you're up to date and thanks so much for taking the time to read these chapters. More soon. I woke up at 4 am thinking of stuff to do to Jeb. Ha ha ha. What a bad boy.

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      Peg Cole 7 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Dear Verlie, I must have imagined that I answered your Sunday morning comment. Sorry I missed you. Reading your remarks made my day. Bad to the bone, indeed. Not sure I'll turn that jewelry store heist into a dream sequence but that is a good way to write it off. I hope to tie it together in a later chapter. Waiting for the muse to visit. Thanks for coming by.

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      Maria Jordan 7 days ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Peg,

      This installment puts intrigue and edginess into these canine adventures.

      Even when late, this story picks up right where it left off to me - moving on to Chapter 10.

      Love and hugs, Maria

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      Peg Cole 11 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Dora, I don't think you missed a thing. This is a set up for future nefarious things that develop. Thanks for hanging in there through the confusing parts. I hope to clarify all this, soon.

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      Dora Weithers 11 days ago from The Caribbean

      This episode tells me that I missed something somewhere, but I believe that I can and will catch up so I'm still following. I was expecting some action from the dog, but I can wait.

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      Peg Cole 12 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Shyron, Sorry for leaving you hanging out there. I truly appreciate your concern for the jeweler. His fate still remains to be determined. The dog will turn out to be an impostor as part of the scam that "someone" is running. You'll see. At least I hope you'll stick around for the rest. :)

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      Peg Cole 12 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Gypsy Rose, Sorry about skipping over your comment. You always say the nicest things. Thank you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 days ago from Texas

      Peg, this is a real cliff hanger, but I am concerned about the jeweler, is he dead or just hurt real bad? Was the dog Cookie?

      I can't wait for the next chapter.

      Blessings always

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      Peg Cole 12 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Peggy, thank you so much. I believe that on each article at the top right there are related stories. On this one, there are links to earlier chapters. Perhaps on the earlier chapters, there are links to the earliest ones. I'll go and check it out. I've seen other authors that list their links within the text and I know that is discouraged, yet, some manage to get away with it.

      Or if you prefer, you can click on my profile and the stories all should be there.

      Again, thank you for reading and for the encouraging words.

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      Peggy Woods 13 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Your stories are so good Peg. Unfortunately I did not start at the beginning. Wish they would let us leave links to earlier ones when it is a continuing story. Will have to ferret them out.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 13 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      Well that took me on one wild adventure. Looking forward to the next.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Tim, I'm so glad to see you're along for the ride. The next chapter is in progress. Cheers and thanks.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Linda, Your comment really lifted me up today. Thank you. Hope to release Chapter 10 this week. It's almost ready.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Mike, Glad you returned and found more than met the eye at first. Those pups are still looking for love, but at the moment, in all the wrong places, sort of like Jeb. Welcome back.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Paula, I do hope I can conjure up a realistic, yet satisfying way to take care of Jeb. He is one bad dude, but sometimes, as you know, they can get away with murder. Hope you will stick around to find out. Great to see you again. Polishing up Chapter 10 today.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the positive feedback, Olivia.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Bill, I could say, "Don't hold your breath," but that wouldn't be what I mean. LOL. I agree, this piecemeal delivery is tough on the readers who're interested, but I'll admit, it inspires me to keep moving along.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Peg, My Sunday morning Cookie story doesn't disappoint. I'm imagining Jeb has had a crime show on his tv while he's 'napping'. That first part of the story was just a dream right? Jeb is a bad dude, bad to the bone. Time for a little mood music, thanks Peg. Write on!

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey there, Chris, Thanks for liking the Tom Petty song and for the "lowlife" comment. Yep. He is that for sure. I'm hoping to find just the right Karma to dish up for him.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Exciting, mysterious, and full of action. Awaiting the next chapter . . .

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an exciting chapter, Peg. I'm looking forward to seeing how everything connects. You're a great storyteller.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Flourish, I hope to get the next chapter out there quickly. It will tie up a few loose ends. Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Jackie darling, Thanks for sticking with it. I hope to keep you entertained and guessing for a little longer.

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      mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Peg, This will teach me to miss an episode. Last time I checked in, this was a sad story about a couple of pups looking for love. Time to back track, to pick up the scent of the story.

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      Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Nobody leaves me until I want them to."....A pretty daunting comment that gives me goosebumps. The anger & possessiveness can lead to nothing but serious trouble. Revenge is a frightening behavior.

      I'm trusting you, Peg, to lead us to happy endings where the "bad guy" gets what's coming to him! I can be unrealistic....can you tell? Looking forward to next episode.

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      Olivia 2 weeks ago

      Chapter by chapter the story unfolds......can't wait for the next installment.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the problem with a story in piecemeal....we are left holding our breath waiting to find out what comes next. Sigh!

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      Chris Mills 2 weeks ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Well, he's a lowlife. I am anxiously waiting to see what plans you have for him. Thanks for the Tom Petty song. RIP, Tom.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you, Kari. I have it in draft form and will work on releasing it this week. I appreciate your enthusiasm.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      This is really good, Peg! Looking forward to the next chapter!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      So good, Peg! We never know where you are going.

      Love your song selections too!

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      Kari Poulsen 2 weeks ago from Ohio

      OK, when can I have the next chapter, lol. :)