Brian lost his wife in a car accident. He was hopeless and moved to a small house in Japan where he and his wife encountered. Soon after he settled down in his new house, he found a tiny furry animal sleeping in his bed one night. It was a puppy with white and brown fur. It woke up and looked at Brian right into his eyes as if it understood Brian’s sorrow. The next morning, Brian fed the puppy with some milk and meat. He gave it the name ‘Angel’ because it was like a little angel from heaven who came down to comfort him.
Every day when Brian came home from work, Angel would see him from far away at the hillside and ran down to greet him. It then followed Brian everywhere he went. The winter sun was warm and the sky was bright. It was just as warm as the days that his wife presented. Brian always sat outside of his house and read. Angel liked to lie with its belly up on the ground, tossing and turning at this time because it wanted Brian to scratch its belly. Brian would then scratch its furry white belly with his left foot. He swore he could see Angel laughing.
Angel seemed to understand Brian well. When he was in a good mood, Angel would act cheerfully and playfully. However, when Brian had a bad day, the puppy would just sit by him quietly without making a noise. Sometimes Brian would talk to Angel about his wife. The puppy would sit there looking up at Brian’s eyes as if it was listening.
One night there was a fierce thunderstorm. Brian couldn’t sleep and thought about his wife. He realized that Angel helped him ease his pain. He got up and looked for Angel to see if it was all right. But Angel was nowhere to be found. The next morning when Brian didn’t see Angel sleeping by his pillow, he knew that it was gone forever. Perhaps Angel finished its duty to help a lost man and it was on its way to help someone else.
4A Chan Chun Yin