Aditi had to leave for work early in the morning. She had skipped her usual morning walk with Caesar. When she came back home only at 7pm, Caesar pulled her towards the door. She decided to take him for a walk though it was dark. She generally walked along a park in the adjacent road that houses big bungalows with deep drive ways and big iron gates .The avenue with big trees on both sides with very few street lights was generally desolate except for the occasional car whizzing past. During mornings however it was a hub of activity with many men and women walking or jogging in the park. It wore now a gloomy look on this new moon night and she wanted to hurry back home. Caesar however lingered and ran to the trees to stand on three legs or sniffing at everything he came across. She pulled the leash and said “Hurry up, Caesar”
She noticed an Innova van coming slowly behind on her side of the kerb that was not wide for her to move away from the road. She hastened her speed taking big strides. She panicked when she saw the van slowly nearing her. She started running towards the main road that was still a furlong away. She felt an outstretched hand from the van grab her arm pulling her inside the open doors of the big van. She screamed 'Caesar' only once when the dog pounced upon the outstretched hand and clawed its teeth deep into the flesh. The grip loosened Aditi ran as fast as her legs could carry. She turned to see Caesar not leaving its hold despite someone hitting it from inside. The van had stopped. The bitten man was screaming in pain.
Aditi was still shivering in fear even when she was inside her apartment complex. Worried about the dog, she could muster a few men to accompany her equipped with a torch. She found Caesar lying battered on head and soaked in blood. Evidently the evil men had hit the dog with a handle bar. The dog was not dead by then. When Aditi went on her knees to lift the dog, it whimpered in pain and snuggled closer to her. With the dog’s gaze from his soulful eyes fixed on her, Caesar let out cries even as tears flooded on Aditi’s cheeks. Even as someone suggested carrying him to a vet immediately, the canine’s head fell down.Aditi’s shrill shriek “Caesar” was heard far and wide with lights coming up in the various windows of nearby buildings.She cried inconsolably at the supreme sacrifice of Caesar to protect her from harm.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog-Mark Twain