Taking Chances Page-81

Taking Chances

The davis twins series

eternity, I looked up, only to see that I didn’t appear to be much closer to land than when I had started. I was cold, and frustrated, and my ankle hurt. I just wanted to go home and relax by the warm fireplace, but it didn’t appear that I would be doing that any time soon. The closest house was the one on the cliff, but I had no way to climb up there. My ass would be raw if I tried to scoot all the way there, and the rocks were too slippery to try to hop on one foot. I really wasn’t sure what to do. When the rain started, my tears started as well. It was just too much. When I saw the big, black head, my self-pity quickly turned to panic￾stricken fear. I wasn’t sure what kind of animal it was from this distance, but I could tell that it was huge, and it appeared to be looking in my direction. We stared at each other for what seemed like a long time as I tried to figure out what it was. Do we have black bears in this part of Michigan? I wondered. My second guess was a wolf. I really didn’t want to come face to face with either of those animals, especially in my injured state. Suddenly, it began to run towards me. Fear took my breath away until it got closer, and I could see that its tail was wagging. A dog? This huge monster is a dog? Relief flooded over me, but I almost couldn’t believe it because I had never seen a dog of this magnitude. It appeared to be some sort of black lab on steroids. By the time it reached me, I could tell by its body language that it was friendly. It plopped its big butt down right next to me and began licking my face. “Stop that!” I turned away, but the silly animal was adamant. I laughed and started scratching its ears and chest. We were getting along quite well, until I saw the figure of the man standing at the edge of the lake looking at us. By now the rain and wind had kicked up enough that I was having trouble deciphering if he had a friendly stance. At this point, he was my only option, so I lifted a hand to wave. He didn’t wave back. Instead, he started walking towards us. I wondered briefly if the dog would protect me from an attacker, but then I saw it’s purple