Meet Douglas. He’s excited to meet you! This bundle of energy may not be the best of flyers, but he loves to clamber all over things…rocks, trees, the couch, you… 😉
The little girl clung tightly to the small creature, his wings folded close against his furry body. His back paws dangled loosely down by her legs, but he didn’t seem to mind. He gazed up at her pink, rounded face with the wide-eyed curiosity of a bird as she chattered about lizards and the rough bark on the pine trees that bordered the fenced backyard.
The bag hanging from her shoulder bounced a little against the velvety fuzz of his leg, and he wriggled. Her short arms loosened around his leathery wings, and the bag slid down to her elbow.
“No Douglas,” she said, her lower lip puckered out in a focused frown. “Have to be patient.” She half dragged the creature and bag across the lawn until they reached the center of the yard.
The little girl set Douglas down on the grass, and he poked his overlarge head through the crook of her arm as she dug into the bag. She giggled and took out a neon yellow tennis ball. Douglas chirped and hopped up and down on his mismatched feet and winged arms, his long tail bouncing like a tiny red flag behind him.
The little girl’s face lit up in a smile of little pearls, and his eyes followed the ball as she held her hand up. She threw the ball, and he raced after the neon yellow orb like a dog after a squirrel. He was fast for an animal with wings for front legs. Every time the girl threw the ball he darted after it, using his flag of a tail and an outstretched wing for sharp turns. Again and again she threw the ball, and sometimes he’d catch it in midair with his needle sharp teeth. Then she clapped her hands and screamed with glee, her curled pigtails bouncing.
The next time she threw the ball, it dropped a few feet from her and rolled through the soft ferns and moss. Douglas caught it just before it rolled past a thin pine tree, but dropped it as soon as the little girl reached into her bag again. He scampered to her side just as she pulled out her hand with something in her closed fist. It was small, wrinkly, and looked a little like a stick.
Oh, oh, oh! Douglas chirped and jumped off the ground with his wings into a soaring leap. The little girl squealed in both delight and terror as the outspread wings and sharp little teeth soared up towards her hand, and she tossed the treat quickly towards him. Douglass caught it in midair and landed at her feet with folded wings, swallowing the treat with a quick backwards jab of his head.
The little girl carefully picked up Douglass around his wings and middle, his legs dangling. She left the empty bag laying in the ferns and grass, and a yard full of tennis balls behind them.
It’s been a great month! At least as far as progress on the blog and story collection is concerned, not the outside world lol. If you’re American, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. It’s important to be thankful for the little things as well as the big things, because it can be so easy for small moments to pass us by unnoticed.
So I’m very grateful and happy for the success I’ve had this month. In the early portion of the month I dedicated my time to the Fossil Friday posts, so that a couple weeks in I actually had a buffer! Halfway through the month I had all posts for the month scheduled and I could focus on the short story collection. Which was awesome, because that meant I made a lot of progress there too. Take a look!
Fossil Friday will be temporarily put on hold for the months of December and January, but I’ll still post the Critter-of-the-Month on the 1st as always, to let you know how things are going. December is always super busy in real life for me, you know, with 5 kids and all 😉 , but I’m also the matron-of-honor for my sister-in-law’s wedding on January 2nd! So busy, busy month ahead. I want to dedicate any tiny snippets of time in between all that to finishing the collection once and for all. This project has taken an entire year so far, and I know it’s because I haven’t made it a priority. I’ve tried multitasking, but it’s not really working as well as I’d hoped.
So here’s the game plan.
December- Enjoy the Christmas season with my family, prepare for the wedding, and finish the collection for reals. 😀
January- Wedding! Publish the collection (hopefully, we’ll see just how busy December is) and plan the next year.
See you January 1st! As usual, the evaluation of the past year and plans for the coming year will be in February’s Critter of the Month. 🙂
Coming Jan 1st…
This big guy loves to eat and have fun! Even better if he can play a game to win a snack! 🙂