NOTE: This is part of the new novel I am writing. I am posting it here as a diversion for readers who may be living under shelter-in-place policies while the world waits for the coronavirus pandemic to pass. For an explanation of this project, please click here. To read the chapters I’ve posted in order, click here.

Coldwater Junior High ~ Coldwater, N.M.

A small, black Schipperke mix growled at the young Morrígan from behind a chain-link fence as she walked down the alley between the playground and the feed store, talking softly to the raven perched on her forearm. The girl gave no indication that she’d heard, preoccupied as she seemed to be with her avian companion. 

The dog stifled a sudden impulse to leap over the fence and tear the throat out of the raven just for sport. 

The impulse intensified when the bird turned its head and winked at the dog over its shoulder. The dog’s hackles rose, and it snarled. The raven tsked quietly, tipped its body forward slightly, and shat in the dog’s direction. Insolent bird.

It’s not yet time, the dog reminded itself. The bitch is still a pup. 

Still a pup, but growing.  Continue reading Witness