36 THE LITTLE BLACK DOG  

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6/5/2006 11:41 pm

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36 THE LITTLE BLACK DOG

36 THE LITTLE BLACK DOG
Billy Mansfield said that a little black dog followed him
wherever he went. But he was the only one who saw it. So
people thought he was kind of crazy. To drive the dog away,
Billy was always hollering at it, throwing rocks at it. But
the dog always came back. The first time Billy saw that dog
was the day he fought Silas Burton. Billy was just a young
man then, but the Burtons and Billy's family had been
feuding for years. When Billy saw Silas riding toward him,
he went for his gun and Burton went for his. But Billy
fired first. He hit Burton in the back, knocking him from
his horse. Burton's horse ran off, ad his gun fell where he
couldn't reach it. He lay there on the ground pleading with
Billy not to kill him, but Billy killed him anyway.
Burton's little black dog was with him when he was shot.
The dog kept licking Burton's face, and barking and
snarling at Billy. In his anger, Billy killed the dog too.
There wasn't much law enforcement in those days, so Billy
wasn't arrested. But all that night he heard Burton's dog
outside his cabin, scratching on his door and barking to be
let in. "I'm imagining this," Billy said to himself. "I
shot that dog. It's dead." But the next morning Billy saw
the dog. It was waiting for him outside. From then on there
was not a day when he didn't see it. And there wasn't a
night when he didn't hear it scratching on his door,
barking to be let in. From then on, Billy was always
finding black dog hairs on the sofa, on the floor, in his
bed, even in his food. And the house and the yard stank of
dog. That's what Billy said. Whenever somebody told him
there wasn't any dog to see, he'd say, "Maybe you don't see
it, but I do. And I'm not any crazier than you are." Things
went on like that for many years. Then one morning in the
middle of the winter the neighbors didn't see any smoke
coming out of Billy's chimney. When they went over to
check, Billy wasn't there. A day or so later they found his
body lying in the snow in a field back of his cabin. Billy
had plenty of enemies, and at first it seemed like somebody
might have killed him. But there wasn't a mark on his body.
And there weren't any footprints out there, except for
Billy's. The doctor said Billy probably died of old age.
But there was something odd about his death. When the
neighbors found Billy, there were black dog hairs on his
clothes. There were even a few on his face. It smelled like
a dog had been out there. Yet no one had seen a dog
anywhere.


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