Quiet as an apparition he made his retreat, halting long enough to glance in Henry’s direction as a crisp fall breeze ruffled his fur.
Shaking his head he knew in his heart that he was doing the best thing, and now he would have to live with the consequences of his actions.
Scampering down the hallway he forced his mind to think of business as usual. He hesitated at the front door with his hand on the knob, and then out he went.
Back in the laboratory Opal heard the front door close as she stepped out of the bathroom. Strolling across the room she stopped in front of Henry and absentmindedly started to stroke his long fluffy fur, “Dad must have an early morning appointment in town.” Henry purred as her hand moved in gentle strokes across his body.
As Edward, stepped onto the front porch, a pungent odor assaulted his nose. He waved his hand in front of his face as he bounded down the steps and into his car. On the first turn of the key the motor roared to life, he kept his foot on the brake allowing the black and white critter to waddle across the driveway followed by three little ones. Staring at them he fought back feelings of remorse creeping into his mind. He shook his head trying to concentrate on the job waiting for him down the street. He watched as they all disappeared into the bushes at the side of the house.
He pulled down the visor to shield his eyes from the blinding, white light splintering through the tree tops announcing a new day. Then pressing the gas pedal the car eased down the driveway, coming to a rolling stop at the end and a quick right turn as he sped off toward town to keep an appointment with the first client of his new start up business.
To be continued:
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