I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Having said that, Lady Human, you look sad.
Me: Not sad. Contemplative.
Stella: Contemplative looks the same as sad from where I am sitting. What is contemplative and why are you that way?
Me: I have been thinking about some events that took place years ago.
Stella: Things that had to do with me?
Me: No, long before you came into the earth. Nothing to do with bulldogs.
Stella: Good, then I can interrupt with a very important announcement.
Me: This isn’t another Royal Bulldog Decree, is it?
Stella: No, not that important, but strange. Don’t move!
Stella: There is a blue stick. And it is flying! No, don’t look!
Me: I think I already know what it is so I am going to look. Yep. It’s a damselfly.
Stella: Not a stick?
Me: Nope. A flying insect.
Stella: Because it looks like a stick to me.
Me: It’s a smaller version of a dragonfly.
Stella: Dragons fly? Here? Where? Keep them away while I call the others! We will get into battle mode. And here all this time I thought the squirrels were our biggest problem.
Me: No, no. A dragonfly, an insect a little bigger than that damselfly with a long skinny body and transparent wings. Not a dragon. Can you imagine how horrible that would be?
Stella: Yes. Yes, I can.
Me: And how do you know about dragons anyway?
Stella: That silly Picture Box you are always running. There was a dragon on it and it WAS flying and I thought, Oh, no big deal. Looks like that was a long, long time ago. Why give an insect a scary name if it is completely unlike a dragon?
Me: I don’t know. I think it comes from some old story about a horse turning into a giant insect…
Stella: NO! NO! I TOLD YOU SO! I have been warning you about this, Lady Human, for some time now, but oh, no! Don’t believe Stella. She’s just a dumb old bulldog. She doesn’t know anything. GIANT INSECTS ARE REAL!!! EEEEEEEEE!
Me: Stella, please stop that noise.
Stella: And to think, if I hadn’t seen that flying blue stick, the truth would never have come out.
Me: Look at the damselfly. Is it giant?
Stella: It is as long as my nose is wide.
Me: You see. Not that big.
Stella: I AM A BULLDOG! I HAVE THE WIDEST NOSE IN THE WORLD!
Me: Dragonflies are only a little bit bigger than damselflies.
Stella: Dragonflies! You mean that there are more than one! We are doomed!
Me: Forget that I said anything about it. In fact, you were right to begin with. That is a blue flying stick. No big deal at all.
Stella: Phew! What a relief! Now tell me, does it come from a blue flying tree?
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