Radiotelephone and box flashlight on the passenger seat, floodlight in the back, leash and dog whistle in her pocket, and M1 Garand rifle behind the seats with three extra en bloc clips tucked into her belt: ready for the hunt. Bonnie jammed the starter with her thumb and the Willys MB rumbled to life. New tires crackled through gravel, and then she eased the Jeep past the alligator juniper and over that steep, blind slope onto the mountain road.
Headlights washed over the forest, swept past tree trunks and somber branches, and finally settled onto gravel as the Willys MB rolled onto the road. The backwash lit the rock face to her left and fell over the slope on her right. Of course, by now Pojo was nowhere in sight.
Likely she wouldn’t see him if he was. Full dark had overtaken the Guadalupe Mountains, the moon hadn’t yet risen, and she couldn’t make out the top of Frijole Ridge, much less a dog lost in the forest. And the open Willys MB wouldn’t provide any protection against a hunting cat if it jumped from a ledge above. She was taking an awful chance for a dog she didn’t even like, one that hadn’t shown any interest in her. Her heart pounded harder. Maybe she should call the rescue group and let them take Pojo back. Maybe that would be the best way to handle this.
But she had to find him first.
At the first switchback, Bonnie stood on her brakes and blasted the dog whistle. He’d answer. He had to. Chill night air crept up her arms and worked its way inside her fatigues. Was that a distant bark, buried beneath the rumbling four-cylinder? She set the brake, cut the engine, blew the whistle again, and listened, closing her eyes as she strained her ears. The breeze sighed and branches rustled. No, nothing.
The brute could at least have looked at her.
Will she find the dog? Will the cougar find her? Who's gonna be dinner and who's gonna win the canine-vs-soldier shakedown? You're gonna have to read it to find out.
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