‘My soul mate and best friend’

2017-02-16 06:01
=Caesar                                   Photo: SUPPLIED

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“It was a day much like any other for me. I woke up on that warm, October morning and I was relieved that the rain had stopped. I was tired of being wet.

I went to the park like I did most days, except that day I went earlier. I wanted to enjoy the sunshine for a bit longer. You never know, it could rain again or those men could be there which meant that I would have had to leave fast!

And that’s when I saw her for the first time. She didn’t see me, but I sat there watching her for the longest time. She looked so lost. She looked frightened and sad and forlorn.

I wanted to go closer, but I was scared I would frighten her away and I really just wanted to look at her for a while longer. I sat very still, thinking, perhaps she would come my way and I could get a closer look. I thought she was so pretty, but she looked so neglected.

I wondered if anyone had told her how pretty she was today. Or if anyone hugged her today. She walked there, with her head hung low and I wondered if this is what defeat looks like. She didn’t stay long. I almost followed her when she left!

I barely slept that night. I nibbled at my food, meagre as it was. I kept thinking of her. I wondered if she would be back. I wanted to see her again!

So I made sure I was at the park early again, even though it was raining. She wasn’t there, but I waited in the rain for quite a while anyway.

She never showed.

I decided I would go back every day until I see her again! On the third day, when the rain let up, she was there! She looked even sadder than she did that first day, so I decided to go a bit closer.

Maybe she needed to know there was someone who cared. And that’s when she looked at me. My heart nearly jumped out of my chest. I could have sworn she smiled at me. I fell instantly in love with this lost, sad soul. And that’s when I decided to follow her ...

Because of that day, a friendship developed that lasted for 10 human years, but would be etched in infinity and written in the stars.

It was such a slow, gradual thing - the love was instantaneous, the trust took so much longer. But as time went by and the days turned to weeks and the weeks turned to months, I saw her change. Small things at first. Little bursts of happiness, she started holding her head high for longer and she wanted hugs. Plenty of them. And the bond that started developing was so beautiful and strong.

She trusted me and I became her best friend.

Together we laughed and barked and sang and howled and danced and ran and swam.

We slept on that big king sized bed and we shared so many endless cuddles. I wanted to protect and love her forever and I know she felt the same about me. We took long trips together. Sometimes we went camping and that was the best. She would use me like a pillow and we would sit by the fire and just enjoy being together.

When we moved to a seaside town, our beach walks became the highlight of our days. Biting waves romping and rolling on the sand together and collapsing side by side, exhausted!

Ten years we spent together. The best ten years of my life.

When the time came and my tired body could no longer cope, she held me in her arms and told me she was okay. She told me I had healed her heart. She said I had healed her mind and her soul.

She said it was okay for me to go, she knew I was tired. She said she would be fine, that she would miss me every day and that I should wait there over the rainbow bridge for her.

She said we will always be together in her heart. I looked into her eyes one final time, and I knew I had fulfilled my purpose. As I closed my eyes for the last time and took my last breath, she whispered in my ear: “You rescued me.

I floated away, knowing that I rescued a human that day.”

- The End -

(Original version of the winning story by Lise Standring)

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