With his gloved right hand still holding Faith’s lead, Ken pulled his overcoat tightly around him. His brush with death a year earlier had left him somewhat thinner. ‘It’s a cold night for security, hey Faith.’
Faith looked up in response and Shield shook himself causing Ken to drop his lead.
Just as Ken picked up the lead and twisted it around his bulky glove they heard a faint thud in the darkness beyond the path that led to the administration block of the high school they were patrolling. There had been a number of recent school break-ins and Ken and his dog team had been called in for an extra night’s security shift.
The thud came again and the murmurings of voices carried in the chilly air.
A quick directive from Ken silenced an anxious Shield. ‘Let’s get closer. Quietly,’ he added for the benefit of the newly trained canine. Shield was a quick learner but he had the tendency of being impatient.
Deep masculine voices sent chills through Faith’s body. Cold is right and these guys sound dangerous and I can’t even see them yet. Where are they? She stifled a whimper.
Ken stopped to point his torch at the ground and switched it on. Slowly directing the light in a sweeping circle around him, he found his bearings. He flicked the torch off again before continuing toward the voices.
‘Ah… they must be between the Administration Block and the Science Building. Thankfully they mustn’t have seen the glow of the torch.’
Before taking the path between the two two-storey buildings, Ken knelt and drew his team close to whisper. ‘I need to call for back-up but if something goes wrong before they arrive Shield, follow Faith, she knows the drill.’
They took a few steps back and hid behind a retaining wall that lined the garden on one side of the path. Here Ken touch his radio that had been surprisingly quiet tonight. ‘Bluelight, this is Canine Security over.’
‘This is Bluelight. What’s up, Ken. Over.’
‘I hope you’re in the vicinity of High and Green. Over.’
The radio crackled again startling Shield. ‘The high school? Over.’
‘That’s a big ten-four. Trespassers. Over,’ he said quietly listening for any changes in the distant voices.
‘On our way. Be careful.’
Ken turned the radio volume dial down. Peering around the retaining wall, he listened and watched for a few minutes before leading Faith and Shield toward the corner of the Administration building.
Faith stood close to Ken’s right side and followed his gaze down the path where she could just make out the tall broad silhouette of a man with his hands reaching above his head. A ladder leaned against the Science building. There are at least two of them. If there are three, we still should be ok but they sure are big.
Ken took a moment to glance at his watch then estimated the distance between them and the trespassers to be at least twenty metres. If he could get closer he could see exactly how many and what they were up to.
Faith resisted against the lead a little but trusted Ken. They moved soundlessly toward the men whose voices became clearer as they approached.
‘Hurry up,’ one of them shouted in a whisper. ‘We have enough computers. Grab some cables or something to tie them to the trolley or they’ll fall off.’
‘OK, OK,’ someone from the first floor window called back. ‘Pasco’s gone to look.’
Faith’s hair stood on end. Shield made the quietest of whimpers but it was enough.
The dogs froze before Ken could stop causing the leads to become taut.
‘WHO ARE YOU?’
Ken looked up at the huge dark figure that seemed to have stepped out of the wall just a few steps in front of him.
Oops! This must be the lookout. How did we miss seeing him? Faith stood her ground.
‘I asked you a question, Weed’.
Ken kept his voice clear and steady. ‘Well, I’m Ken and this is my Faith and my Shield.’
Another huge figure appeared and the two looked down at the dogs in surprise.
‘RUN!’, Ken yelled and turned before the men realised what was happening.
Faith and Shield bolted.
Ken’s feet hardly touched the ground as they raced around the corner and back up the path. ‘The oval,’ he panted. He gripped the leads tighter hoping they wouldn’t slip through his gloves.
‘COME BACK HERE, WEED.’
Faith made a sudden turn to the right causing Shield to gasp as he was jerked along. Ouch! Where do you get you strength, Girl?
The three kept running until the voices faded.
Faith slowed and panted to a stop. They all collapsed on the damp grass in the middle of the sports oval just as a distant siren broke the midnight darkness.
Ken turned the volume up on his radio and panted a brief update… ‘I think there’s three, maybe four. They have computers on a trolley of some sort. Over.’
‘Ok, Ken. Take it easy. We have called in another Bluelight. We’ll get them to cover the south of the Science block. Stay where you are until we have them in custody. Over.’
‘No worries about that.’ He signed off and hugged his team.
Shield nuzzled Faith. That was so cool. Can we do that again?
Faith gave a quiet woof and pushed in closer to Ken. Her Ken…the weed.
© Chrissy Siggee – 2019