Παρασκευή, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

THE FOUR LANTERNS - ONCE A DOG

“Sorry I am late, but you will never believe what happened. A man bit me three blocks from here” Rosa said breathless and he sat on the bar stool, letting his tail loose down as he liked. He looked at Luke’s drink and nodded at the barman to bring him the same. 
“A man? How did that happen?” Luke asked.
Rosa pulled his cigarettes of his leather jacket pocket. He was obviously upset. He lived in this neighborhood for about six months. He had moved from the north when he found out about the jobs offered in the hotel The Four Lanterns. He was a very good sommelier and that was why he left the boring job at his father’s winery and followed the adventure at the famous hotel. He would meet interesting people and it would certainly make an impact in his resume. A saluki in the oldest and most famous hotel. Why not? He knew that he had a strong nose since he was a puppy and he had invested in such studies and seminars all around the world. He knew that he was good. Indeed, when the hotel opened, Rosa took over the cellar and not for a moment did he disappoint Jenevier, who trusted him completely. 
Tonight he had an appointment with his childhood friend, Luke, the banker bracco italiano, who always wore suits from his family tailor and always impressed with his elegance. They sat side by side during the high school years and, even though their roads were parallel, the city of Brenanson united them again. 
“As I turned on Grenavien Street, a man just bit me on my side. I was shocked”.
“But that can’t be, did you provoke him?”
“No, not by any chance, I was just walking down the street keeping my tail down” he said and he discreetly lifted his shirt so that Luke could see the wound that was now covered with gauze. “It is an inexplicable behavior.”
«Unbelievable, did it bleed? Did he have his teeth deep inside?”
“Oh yes, and it hurt very much. It is unconceivable. He was a fifty year-old prim man with his glasses, wrapped in his coat carelessly walking down the street until he saw me.”
“And what happened next? Was he alone? Did he offer to take you to a pharmacy?”
“He was alone and when our steps were crossed, he just bit me and then he rushed into the first bus that passed. I was shocked. I could chase him or smell where he was, but I said to give it a rest.”
The bartender left the dafroui, extremely aromatic drops of acid rain aged in barrels with asphodels, in front of him. Rosa was about to have a sip and then he left it.
“I am sorry buddy, could you get me a soda? I won’t drink it.”
Luke looked at him with contempt. 
“I don’t recognize you. A man bites you and you just let it be? Do you forget your nature? You are a proud hound.”
“I am telling you that I completely lost it. He took me by surprise. It had never happened to me anything like that. I went to the nearest pharmacy and I received an injection of anti-tetanus serum and they prescribed strong antibiotics.”
“Antibiotics?”
“Yes, that’s why I would be better not drink any alcohol. They recommended antibiotics for precautionary reasons and the most serious is the risk of adapting human behavioral characteristics”.
“This is one of the most bizarre stories I have ever heard, Rosa. What can I say, be careful because people are very strange lately. And I really wish that with the antibiotics you put behind you all the bad things that could happen.”
Luke put his glass on the bar and smiled wickedly
“Do you imagine having caught a little bit of that lack of faith that people have? Grose! They are not like us in the slightest, as if they haven’t learned anything. Sometimes they act more savagely than a wolf herd between them. They don’t even have faith in themselves.”
Rosa laughed out loud and continued in the same mentality, having a sip of his soda.

“This is nothing compared to having caught the tick of monogamy” he said and winked at the blonde waitress at the bar. “Let’s drink to people and their weaknesses tonight.”

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