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  • My leader suddenly pulled the car off the road. He leaned back in his seat and put his fingers on his neck. I think he was counting. He pushed on his ringing-talking thing while I watched him, trying to figure out what would happen next. My leader looked scared. I licked his face and he smiled a little. We waited.

    The people came and took my leader and me away in their strange car. It smelled wrong and I was afraid. My lip curled back on its own. My leader put his hand on my head to calm me. Just when I was breathing deeper things started going too fast. I was left in the car while my leader was put on a flat table with wheels. Don't take him, take me too. I begged.

    The glass doors took my leader and left me alone with a stranger. I tried to stay calm but with my not-leader I was afraid and stayed far in the back of the car. I waited.

    I waited through three lights and three darks. I knew my leader would come back. Without him I was so alone. I dreamed about his hands, his smell, the way he made me feel safe. I remembered his face, everything was gone. I waited.

    I waited for his car sound to come down the road.
    I waited for the key in the door.
    I touched his hand and my world was right.
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