Chapter 1 – Emma
The high pitched scream cut through the earphones pumping music into Emma’s ears. She jumped up from her unmade bed, pulled out the ear plugs, cocking her head to one side.
Another unearthly moan, louder, full of pain.
She threw open the door to her bedroom and ran down the hallway, past Ryan’s room. Seconds later she entered the kitchen, skidding on the tile floor in her stocking feet.
Buck, their huge chocolate lab, lay writhing on the floor. She could see he was in pain, his dark brown eyes moist and moving.
“Dad! It’s Buck!” she cried out. She leaned down to touch the suffering dog, unsure of what was going on and what she should do.
“Emma, what’s wrong?” her father asked, coming into the kitchen.
She looked up at him, his silhouette against the kitchen spot lights glimmering through the nascent tears in her eyes.
“Something’s wrong, Daddy! Help him!” she cried, fear in her voice.
Buck moaned again, a heart wrenching howl of agony. His front paws moved spastically, grotesquely.
Her father crouched beside the family pet and looked closely at Buck. Emma sat back on her legs, left hand on her quivering lips.
Buck screamed one last loud time and collapsed, all signs of life instantly gone, as if the electricity powering his body and soul had just switched off.
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