For Halloween, 2005, and for [profile] buhfly's Halloween Challenge
With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] turps33 for sparking off the idea, and [livejournal.com profile] morgaine_x and [livejournal.com profile] asradel for helping it come to pass. All remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

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Every sleepless night Nick waits to take Bell out for their morning run, and every morning he makes himself wait more, until the school rush and the office rush are done. For the first time this year the air is still thick with mist: even at after-nine the far side of the road is grayed-out and the air is cool and wet and heavy. Bell lifts her head and pulls at her harness as they get closer to the park, bouncing on fallen leaves and flicking her ears tracking mist-muffled sounds.

Out on the heath Nick unbuckles her and then chases after, pulling the thick watery air into his lungs and grinning. There’s a time for thinking about everything that’s wrong with his life, but this isn’t it.

***** )
For Halloween, 2005, and for [profile] buhfly's Halloween Challenge
With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] turps33 for sparking off the idea, and [livejournal.com profile] morgaine_x and [livejournal.com profile] asradel for helping it come to pass. All remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

*****

#1

Every sleepless night Nick waits to take Bell out for their morning run, and every morning he makes himself wait more, until the school rush and the office rush are done. For the first time this year the air is still thick with mist: even at after-nine the far side of the road is grayed-out and the air is cool and wet and heavy. Bell lifts her head and pulls at her harness as they get closer to the park, bouncing on fallen leaves and flicking her ears tracking mist-muffled sounds.

Out on the heath Nick unbuckles her and then chases after, pulling the thick watery air into his lungs and grinning. There’s a time for thinking about everything that’s wrong with his life, but this isn’t it.

***** )
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