Melvin the Magnificent

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
A boys hopes and realizations

Submitted: July 14, 2008

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There was a young boy who was playing in a grassy field filled with the prettiest flowers he had ever seen. The sun was warm on his skin and the breeze cooled him while he ran through the grass. He was getting tired and decided to rest. As he lay on his back looking up at the sky, he saw the clouds forming shapes of things that were familiar to him. He saw a giraffe, an airplane, a clown, and one that looked like a doggie. The young boy’s thoughts ran wild. He remembered his doggie KC who had ran away. He loved his doggie so much! Many nights he would cuddle with KC and tell KC how his day was at school. KC would listen to every word and lick his cheek and then KC and young boy would fall fast asleep.
 
One day he went off to school and as usual kissed his doggie goodbye and told KC to watch and protect his mother, brother and sister. But KC got restless while the boy was gone. KC didn’t want to wait for his best friend to come home. So KC snuck out when no one was watching. KC never done anything like that before which made him scared and excited. While KC was out having fun running through the park him and his best friend played in, he found a boy that looked like his best friend. He knew it wasn’t his best friend but KC was lonely and wanted to play. The new boy liked KC so much he asked KC to come home and live with him, and KC wasn’t sure but had so much fun with the new boy, KC decided to go.
 
The young boy got home from school later that day and called for his doggie “Here KC, c’mere boy!” But KC was no were to be found. The boys heart raced with terror wondering were his best friend was. Was he asleep, was he in the neighborhood? The boy called for his mother “Mother! Mother! Where is KC?” The boy and his mother combed the neighborhood for hours calling for KC. The boy went home in tears worried that his best friend could be hurt, or even worse. The boy’s mother held him close and comforted him till he fell asleep in her arms, his eye’s still tear soaked.
 
The next morning the young boy awoke hoping his best friend KC was waiting for him by the breakfast table. He ran from his bed to the kitchen, but KC was not there. The boy cried to his mother, and his mother told him that he was going to be alright. She told him that sometimes friendships end, and as we lose some friends we find new friends. The young boy only knew that he wanted KC back.
 
For many weeks and months the young boy went about his daily life, going to school playing with other boys in the neighborhood, going to the park he and KC played in. The little boy saw other boys with their dogs, and it made him sad remembering the fun he and KC had. The young boy would often go see if he could play with the other doggies, and occasionally he would get to.
 
One day a grown up asked the boy if he could watch their doggie while they went on vacation. The little boy was delighted he got to spend time with such a cute doggie. Every day after school the little boy and his new friend would take walks, run through the fields, and play until the sun went down.
 
Later that night as the boy ate dinner with his family he told his mother that he would like another dog. His mother was very happy he had said that. She could see how sad he had been since his life long friend KC had left. She told him that they could go looking for a new puppy in the morning. And the boy was happy. He fell asleep that night with little thought of KC. That night he dreamed.
 
When the doggies’ owners came back from their vacation the owners said he did a good job and said how glad they were he was there for their doggie. He told them it was so much fun and if they needed his services again that he would be there to help. Later that day the boy and his mother went looking for a new puppy. They went all over town, to every pet store, every shelter, and saw many dogs his mother had suggested they look at. They saw no puppies that day that caught the boys fancy that day. Day after day with no luck, days turned into weeks. It seemed like the boy would never find the right puppy for him.
 
He saw many cute puppies, he liked a couple of them, a few were mean, a few were puny, a few were ugly, and others just wasn’t he had wanted. Eventually they all started to look alike to the boy. They gave up on a Saturday afternoon and arrived at a local market, and as they approached he noticed a sign that said free puppies. The boy, a bit hopeless on finding the right puppy, cautiously approached the little box that had the puppies in it. He thought that surely he would not find his ideal puppy here. The box had six puppies in it. He could barely tell them apart, but alone in the corner he saw something.
 
He saw a beautiful puppy who had the prettiest color. It was a dark brown puppy with a tan neck and belly with matching paws, perky ears, and twinkle in his eye. He asked the young couple who were watching the puppies if he could pick him up. The couple told the boy to be careful with him, as he was recently hurt by a mean older dog. They told him that the puppy was a bit nervous around people he did not know. So as he leaned toward the puppy he knew right away that this was the puppy for him. The puppy looked at him with his big brown eyes and did not cower.
 
He picked up the puppy and the moment he held the puppy he knew that it was the puppy he had always wanted. He knew that this was the puppy he needed. He held the puppy close and did not want to let go. He said “Mother this is the best puppy I have ever seen, Can I have him?” His mother said “Sweetie, are you sure?” ”That puppy is very cute, but it has been hurt already and at such an early age, why he may never recover.” The boy knew different, he saw so much potential in this beautiful puppy. He knew he could care and love this puppy back to health and have a long lasting friendship with him.
 
The boy asked again if he could have this wonderful puppy and the young couple responded, “If you really want him you are going to have to wait till he is better.” The boy was disappointed, but knew he could wait forever to have such a wonderful puppy. Days passed which seemed like and eternity. For two weeks the boy would call the couple to see if the puppy was well enough to bring home.
One day the boy called and was told that he could bring home his new friend! They boy ran to his mother and told her that they had to leave that minute to go get him. As they drove towards the couple’s house the boy’s heart raced with anticipation. He already had all the toys a puppy needed, a tennis ball, chewy bone, even a little stuffed animal shaped like an octopus.
 
When they arrived at the couple’s house the couple had told the boy and his mother that the puppy is well enough to take home but, he needed a lot of attention. The puppy wasn’t ready to run free, his wounds were deep, he may not ever fully recover. The boy thought for sure his love and caring would be enough, and without hesitation the boy picked up his new friend and said “His name is Melvin the Magnificent!” And into the car they went. The boy held Melvin the Magnificent in his arms. The boy’s mother noticed a tear running from his eye, she asked with great concern if he was ok. The boy’s answer was “I am so happy mommy, I think Melvin needs me.” His mother told him that Melvin the Magnificent needs him, that they needed each other, and she clutched her son closely. A few days passed and Melvin and the boy grew to be the best of friends.
 
Despite how the boy felt about Melvin he could see that his new friend was hurt. He didn’t run the way other puppies did. Sometimes Melvin could barely get out of bed and other times he would not eat. The boy knew his loving and care would take care of Melvin’s wounds, of course he could, his mother told him that love is the strongest power in the whole world, so if he loved Melvin this much, Melvin would surely grow to be the best dog ever.
 
A few more days passed and Melvin was not getting out his bed anymore. When the boy would walk over to see his friend, Melvin’s tail would wag and he would kiss the boys face with great enthusiasm. But the boy knew Melvin the Magnificent was very ill. He cried to his mother about what he would do about Melvin. But the boy knew that there was nothing he could do. The couple warned him about Melvin’s wounds, his mother told him that Melvin was very ill and may not recover, the boy knew all it was true, but refused to believe it. Now he wasn’t sure if he made the right decision bringing Melvin home, and more tears streamed down his face once again.
 
That night the boys mother woke from his sleep and told him that they have to take Melvin to the veterinarian right away. The boy trembled with fear he knew that going to the veterinarians office so late in the night was bad. When they arrived at the vets office the doctor looked at Melvin and said that Melvin was very sick. The doctor took Melvin into another room and came back a half hour later.
 
The vet told the two as they held each closely that Melvin the Magnificent was not going to last through the night. The boy cried out in great pain as he let go of his mother and walked with great sorrow in circles around the room, crying out No! No! No! The boys mother seeing the pain this caused her son quickly grabbed him and held him tightly. She apologized and wiped away the boys tears. The boy asked over and over again what he did wrong, the vet told him it was nothing he did, that in fact he helped Melvin. That did not matter to the boy, he just wanted to take Melvin the Magnificent back home and play.
As the minutes passed the boy knew he had to let go of his friend. He knew in his naïve heart that he would not have the one puppy he had looked for so long. He wanted the one he could not have and that was a lesson he would carry the rest of his life. As the boy grew to become a man his thoughts would always reflect back on his beloved Melvin. He would remember the time they shared and the happiness Melvin brought him. He would never want another puppy, but would always have his memories, and that was enough for him.
 


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