1.16. Good Dog
“I don’t understand why you brought that filthy dog into our house,” Human Female wrinkles her nose at Human Male.
“‘That dog’ has a name, and it’s Sheba,” Human Male runs his hands through Sheba’s fur, “and I adopted her because homes with dogs are statistically safer from break ins.”
“I don’t think a dog could have stopped,” she stops mid-sentence and yawns loudly before continuing, “Mercury from waltzing into Lark’s room.” Human Female’s eyes are bloodshot, and there are bags under them. Every movement seems to demand a great amount of her energy.
“I’m going to train her to guard Lark,” Human Male says, “and she’s a good guard dog. Aren’t you, Sheba? Aren’t you the best guard dog?”
Sheba tilts her head.
“No she doesn’t, Luna. You’re just being contrary.”
“I’m never contrary.”
“You’ll come around--Sheba is a part of this family now. Right, Sheba?”
Sheba wags her tail. The conversation is hard for her to follow, but she likes the tone of the male’s voice. The female isn’t friendly, though, but that’s okay. Sheba is patient. Sheba can win her over. Sheba will unite new pack.
Sheba is excited to be part of new pack. Human Male had taken her from the sad concrete building where Sheba had lived for the past year. Sheba did not care for that place. New home is much better. Sheba will protect new home.
“Sheba, this is Lark. You need to protect Lark, okay? You need to let us know if she’s in danger.”
While Sheba does not fully understand Human Male’s strange yapping, she understands that her purpose in the pack is to guard Tiny Human. And so Sheba will protect Tiny Human for the good of the pack.
“Again,” Human Female protests, “I don’t think this will help.” She sniffles softly. Sheba whines--she does not like it when humans cry. It is very pitiful. Very annoying, too.
“You need to get some sleep, Luna. You’re exhausted.”
“And that’s where Sheba comes in, hon. She’ll let us know if anyone breaks in.”
“But if that person is working for an effing fairy or whatever, what is she going to do to stop them?” A tear rolls down her cheek.
Sheba looks proud in the face of Human Female’s doubt.
Tiny Human has many toys. Sheba has toys, too, but Tiny Human’s toys are different. Tiny Human does not play with her toys by chewing or ripping, which Sheba thinks is a shame. How will Tiny Human practice hunting? How will Tiny Human keep her teeth clean? Tiny Human should really play more roughly with her toys. Sometimes Tiny Human shares her toys with Sheba, and Sheba demonstrates the proper way to play. Tiny Human cries when Sheba destroys her toys, though.
Tiny Human calls her bear Ahtey. Sheba does not like Ahtey. Ahtey asks Tiny Human to come visit her and play with her. Ahtey tells Tiny Human that she wills end someone to collect her. Tiny Human should not go to Ahtey.
As Tiny Human grows, so does the strange woman’s voice. It becomes louder, more pleading. The voice is loudest when Tiny Human plays with Ahtey. So Sheba makes a decision: Ahtey must go.
Sheba drops the bear into the hole and covers it up, panting as she pushes soil and snow into the hole. Ahtey tries to speak, but her voice is muffled and inaudible. Sheba did a good job. Sheba wags her tail and trots back to the house where there is no voice, no Ahtey.
But tonight is different.
Tonight there is Intruder Human.
Sheba does not like Intruder Human.
He is male and big, bigger than Human Male. He walks through the wall to get into Tiny Human’s room. Sheba does not like that--humans are not supposed to walk through walls. And he has the same otherworldly smell as Tiny Human.
Ahtey sent him. Sheba is smart. Sheba knows this.
“Sorry, kid,” Intruder Human mumbles, “but I gotta do this.”
Sheba is taken aback. Intruder Human laughed at her. Intruder Human does not take her seriously. Intruder Human even called her a mutt! But Sheba is no mutt.
Intruder Human is weak. Intruder Human is cowardly. Intruder Human is no match for Sheba. Sheba does not use her fire powers often because it drains her, but she must protect Tiny Human. Intruder Human screams as she blows fire at him, a howl emitting from her mouth along with the hellish flames.
Tiny Human sleeps through it all. The whole pack does, in fact. They will never know how brave or strong Sheba is. But that is okay. Sheba is confident. Sheba does not need praise to know that she is a good dog.
Sheba was brought into the pack to protect Special Human. Human Male still tells Sheba to protect her. But now that Ahtey is gone and Intruder Human is defeated and the otherworldly smell has disappeared, Sheba can tell Special Human is safe. Safe, at least, from what scared Human Male and Human Female so much.
The doorbell rings. Sheba lets loose a bark as she rushes to the front door.
“Move, Sheba,” Human Female orders. Sheba is annoyed by the command, but she listens.
It is the secondary pack: Secondary Human Female, and Secondary Human Male, and their pups. Sheba is disinterested in them. They are still to be protected, but not as much as Special Human. Still, it is strange that they are here. They normally visit at dinner time.
Sheba is one confused dog.
“As ready as I’ll ever be,” Secondary Human Female replies.
"Tag, you're it!" Secondary Pup yells.
"Huh?" Special Human says, her eyes glazed over.
“Should I be worried?” Secondary Human Male asks.
“No,” Human Male says, “well...maybe a little.”
"You're it, Lark! That means you hafta chase me," Secondary Pup whines.
"Oh," Special Human jogs after him halfheartedly.
The doorbell rings again. Sheba trots to the front door to investigate before Human Female pushes her aside. Human Female puts on a strange smile, then opens the door.
“Mom! Dad! Crux! So nice to see you. How was your flight?”
Author’s note: So this chapter originated from this thought: “wouldn’t it be funny if the Bees tried to find a mundane solution to their magical problem and ended up with something equally magical?” And thus the Bees now have a pet hellhound (though she’s more like a Cŵn Annwn). You might be saying, “wow, that’s really convenient and coincidental!” Yes. Yes it is.
This chapter took so long despite its simplicity because I’ve been posting a different, non-legacy story to Tumblr (though I’m also cross posting it to Blogger). That story was initially supposed to be second fiddle to this random legacy, but it’s taken up a lot of time. If you’ve read it and wondered how it’s going to interact with the Bees, the answer is “not much.” At least not for awhile. One of the characters--who hasn’t appeared yet--will probably end up in gen 2 though. But because this other story has grown so big, that character will likely show up in this legacy before the conclusion of his plot line in that story (so I’ll have to perform some writerly acrobatics, which affects me way more than it affects you).
Game-wise, Elysia had another son with Crimson. His name is Liev--that was NOT the name SP gave him. His name was Lashawn, which I felt didn’t match Lowell very well. So I changed it.
Lastly, I want to thank Teal Moon for sending me a bunch of sims. I used one of her sims for Intruder Human. :)