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Zoey

Zoey had a great life. She was loved by her parents.  She was well provided for and cared for. She adored her parents and looked up to her as role models.

Zoey was very smart.  She was talented. She got goos grades in school. She received awards for being a young scholar. Her standardized test scores were very high. She was very athletic but she also liked art. She liked yo draw and paint.  

She was very funy. She liked to joke around. She never got onto trouble.  She stayed home except fot school activities. She enjoyed hanging out with her parents.  

They had always been close. Sense she was a little girl. For the longest time it was just her and her parents. Due to medical complications, her parents did not believe that they could have any more children. When zoey was 11, her mom got pregnant with her sister. When she was 14, she had another sister. 

What zoey did not know waa that she was adopted.  Those she beleved were her parents were not his birth parents. They did not want to keep this from her. They were reluctent to tell her. 

To them,zoey was just as much blood as there other kids. They loved her more then anything.  She loved them.

They were not sure when to tell her. They knew that they probably should have told her long before but they fid not.   

There were multiple reasons why they did not want to tell her. They did not agree with the reasons behind her birth parents decison to put her up for adoption. They did not want to tell her the truth. They were devisated each time they thought about it.  

They knew it would not get any easier.they knew that they had to just do it. She came home from school. They had her favorate cup cakes. She sat down. 

“Sit down hunnie.” her mom said. She sat down.  She had no idea what is going on. “Hunnie, you know that we love you very very much. ” her dad said.”of course i do. You guys are amazing.  ” she said. 

“We do love you more then we could ever say. ” her mom told her. She knew something was up. She had no idea what he was. She was afraid that it might be a health concern. Both her parents were fairly healthy.   There was always that fear. 

She could tell that her parents were fighting back the tears. She had no idea why. She was really spooked. Her parents were very happy people. They were almost never sad. 

She was really confused and now a little scared. “What is going on?” zoey asked. “Well. You see. You were adopted. We adopted you when you were a todler.” her dad said.

Zoey was totaly shocked.  She had no idea that this was what was going on. She never would have thought that this was the case. 

“Im adopted?” she asked.  “Yes. We adopted you. ” her mom said. “Oh my! I had no idea . ” zoey said. “I understand that this is quite a shock. We love you as if you were our own.to us you absolutly are. ” her dad assured her. 

“Do you know who my birth parents are? ” Zoey asked. ” yes we do. “Her dad said.  “They are still alive? ” she asked. “To the best of our knowledge,yes. “Her mom said.

“Do you know why they gave me up for adoption? ” she asked. Her mom took a big gulp. “We do.  ” her dad said.  “What was the reason? ” she asked.  ” well you see . They had a dog. It was your farthers prized dog. Aperently you were alergic to the dog. The doctor said that you and the dog could not co exist in the same time. ” her farther said. 

“They gave me up because i was alergic to the dog. They loved the dog more then me. They chose the dog over me?” she asked.

“I don’t want to speak ill of your parents.  You were well cared for during your early years. ” her mom said. 

Zoey was totaly shocked. She could not believe all of this. “Look we chose you. We love you. We are your parents.  That will never change. ” her dad said.

Zoey cried a lot that night. She recovered from the shock. She loved her adopted parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  

She wanted to meet her real parents.she just wanted to meet them. She did research. She found them. They still lived in the same house they lived in when she was a baby. 

The summer before she started colege,she drove to the house she spent the first year of her life there. She did not remeber any of it. 

She saw a younger girl . she was about ten. ” hello” she asked.” is your mom and dad home? ” zoey asked. She went inside and got her mom. Her mom came out. 

“Hello! Can i help you?” she asked. “Are you kendra Lester? ” she asked. “Yes i am kendra. Who are you?” she asked. “I am zoey. I wanted to meet you. ” she said. 

“Sarah why dont you go play in the play room with your brothers.keep the dog in the other room ” kendra said. She went to the other room. 

“Are you in colege?” kendra asked. “I huat graduated . i am going this fall. “Zoey said.  “What place did you graduate in?” she asked. ” fith. ” she said. “Good for you. ” kendra said.” are you still alergic to dogs?”she asked. “Yes i am. ” zoey said.

“When did you find out?” she asked.”recently. ” she said the door opened.  Greg entered. “Kend,is someone hear?” greig asked. ” yes . This is Zoey ” kendra said. 

“Who do you know my wife. Wait a minute that zoey?” greg asked.” yes. That Zoey. ” kendra said. “Were your step parents good to you?” he asked. “Yes they are. ” Zoey said. “I am glad to hear that. ” greg said .

She decided to go . she said her goidbyes. Greig walked her out. ” you probably  dont understand our decison to give you up. ” greg said. “It is a bit disconcerting. ” zoey said. ” duke was not just my dog. He was my budy. He has been with me a long time. I know you don’t understand. You seemed to have great step parents. ” Greg said. She did not want to argue with him. 

She could not wait to get back to her parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  That was all that mattered. 

The end. 

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The allergy 

Greg had always been a dog lover. He had a dog sense he was a little. He got duke sense he was a puppy. They were best friends. When he got home from work, duke ran to the door waiting for him. 

On saterdays he and duke walked to a nearby park and then back home. It was there rituel. Saterday mornings, duke ran to the door as a hint hint. Grieg was happy to oblige. He looked froward to it himself. That was saterdays.  Neither one would have it any other way. 

Duke was super friendly.  He liked to go over to people and he let them pet him.he almost never barked. If he barked, he was a quick bark. It was a friendly and playfull bark not an angery one.  

It was Saturday morning when one such person petted duke. It was a young lady naimed kendra. While duke liked everyone for the most part, he seemed to take a special liking for kendra. Kebdra was quite smitten with him. 

“He is a friendly dog.” she said.  ” he is great. He has always been. Sense he was little. ” greg said.  “You certainty are. ” she told the dog as she petted him.  

While he liked meeting people.  He never forgot her. Her image stuck with him. It was a good size  city. He figured that he might never run into her again. He assumed that he would forget about her. She might become a foot note into his history. That was ok. It was how things happen. 

The next city, he saw her.he saw her for several mouths. They said hello. They became closer and closer. They started to talk quite a bit. At first they only talked smal talk. Over time they went deeper. 

After several mounths of runing into her, he asked her out to lunch.they went to an outdoor cafae that welcomed dogs.  There was no way that they were going to exclude duke sense he was the one that brought them together.  

The first date was amazing. Beside love of dogs, they had a lot in common. They decided to go on a second date. The second led to a third and a fouth and fifth  and so on and so forth.  

After a time they decided to become an actual couple. Then after a time of dating he perposed. He put the ring in duke’s coller. She did not see it at first. He waited for her to see it. 

She smiled.  “Whats this?” she asked.he chuckled.  “Thats kind of odd!” he said. She stoped. He got on one knee and proposed..she hugged him and said yes. They kissed. She hugged duke as well. 

At the weding, duke was the best man at the weding.  While some in the church were a bit skidish about having a dog in the church, duke was quite the charmer. He won everyone over. He was a big hit.

The wedding was a huge success.  It was everything they hoped it would be and more. 

Duke was almost like a child. Even a friend or roomate. Duke seemed to be a full fledged member of the family. Some in there iner circle of family and friends were happy for them. They thought it was amazing.  There were manny who were huge fans of it. 

While others thought it went too far. Many feared that the dog was going to be there kid.  Both sets of parents were concerned that the dog replacing a real child. They wanted human grand children. They began to suspect that they were not going to have children. 

Then kendra was late for her period. A pregnancy test revealed that she was indeed pregnant.  After super,she gave him the news.

“Hunnie i have to tell you something! ” she told him. “Ok. Whats up? ” he asked.  “We are having a child.  ” she said. “Really? Thats wonderful ” he said.

He hugged her. He hugged duke.he was really excited. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl. They naimed her zoey grace. 

Zoey was a sweet little girl. She brought a lot of joy to the family.  She and duke got along famously.  They taught her to be gentle. 

Things went great. Zoey seemed to sneze out a lot. She got sick a lot. The doctor did test and discovered that she had an alergic reaction to dogs. 

The doctor told them that zoey could not be around the dog all the time. There was no way that the child could be around the dog . a decision had to be made. 

“What are we going to do ? You heard the doctors. We cant keep both the dog and zo. ” kendra said.he sighed. ” i know.  This is so hard kend. “He told her.  

They gave it a lot of thought.  They considered what to do. They decided to give up zoey for adoption. Gregs brother watched duke while they looked for a suitable family to adopt her.  

As it turned out there was a husband and wife that were able to get pregnant. They were carefully screened by an adoption agentcy. They interviewed the family and decided to let them adopt. 

Kendra kissed zoey. Greg did as well.they were turned over to the Fredicson. They went to get duke. 

Duke got together with abother dog.he had pupies. Zoey thrived with her adopted parents. They loved her and she loved them. 

They would one day tell her the truth.they decided to wait a while. 

The end.

Notes 

My idea for this came from a post on facebook. Soneone sugested that why does the family get rid of a dog when the kid is alergic. Thus the story is born. 

To me literarure is a way to explore isues. That was the idea behind star trek, twilight zone,  ray Bradbury theater and outer limits etc. 

Stuffed animal

When katie was four she was given a stufed animal.  It was a bunny.she named him eddy . eddy the rabit. Edie was her best friend. She took him everywhere. 

Katie’s family kept a low profile. Most of there social life if you wanted to call it that centered on there church.  Except for church activities a lot of time was spent at home or doing family activities.  

Katie incisted on taking edie everywhere.  Any pictures of katie as a young child included the stufed bunny  If there was a picture without the bunny ,it was because her parents or grandparents insisted that the animal not be in the picture. Otherwise he was there. 

Katie kept to herself.  She was not withdrawn but not overly outgoung.she started to go more and more inward. Edie started to take up bigger parts of her life.he seamed to take on a life of his own.she talked about him and she liked to have him talk.

At first her parents indulged her.  Then they became a bit concern by her obseson with the toy rabit. They would not let her take edie out of  the house. 

Then they hid the rabit.she was really sad. Eventualy she moved on.she forgot about the stuffed animal.  She moved on. Her perents put him in a box. 

One summer in between her freshman and sophmore years at colege ,her parents found the box. They chuckled when they saw edie the rabit.

“Hunnie look what we found?”her mom said. Katie had no idea what it was. She came to her mom. She lit right up. “Edie! ” she said. She hugged him. Her whole childhood flooded back. She had totally forgotten about him. Sudenly she felt like she was six again. It al came back. 

She was so glad to see her old friend.her mom was a bit taken aback. By her reaction. After all these years edie was still her prized poseson. 

Her mom did not seam too impresed. She decided that she would tone it down. She put him in her room.

She was carefull not to mention the animal to her parrents. She slept with him that night. She brought him with her to colege. She hid him knowing that her parents probably would not aprove. For whatever reason her love of edie got on her parrents nurves.

She had no idea why her love for the stuffef animal waa so repugnent. Perhaps they thought she was acting imature. It seemed a bit over the top. She decided to keep it low key. 

Once again he was a good friend. She made sure her parents did not know that she brought him with her to colege.  They had forgotten about him again. Over the sumer she worked at a sumer camp. She brought edie with her. She hid him in one of her bags. 

Edie was a constent companion. She took him everywhere.on her honeymoon at first she decided that she should not bring edie. She waa now totaly an adult. It was time to put away childish things.she almost kept him at her parents house. Shw decided to take him with her on her honeymoon. 

 “What is this dear?” her new huabend ben asked. “Oh thats eddie!”she answered.  “You have a stufed animal?” he asked. “Its not that weird.”she remarked. “No i guess its not. ” he said in response.

She was a lirtle embarrassed.  He did not really think that much about it. Edie took up a prominent place in there bed room when they got home. He sugested moving it. She was not keen on that. 

He toletated the animal. When they had a daughter. He wanted to give it to the baby. She would not have that. She feared for edie’s safty. 

Brad felt like he had to compete with Edie. He wanted to let thete daughtet have edie. She said no. After the birth of there son, brad decided to talk to her.

“We have been maried for three years now. I have had to compete with edie. Forshaking all other that includes inanimate object. “He said. “Are you jellous of the rabit?”she asked.  “Look its either me or Edie. “He said. 

He wanted her to donate him to goodwill. She convinced him to let her put him up in the living room.Edie was banned from there room. 

Brad never understood her love for the rabit. No one did but they worked out a conpromise. She wanred to get a stufed rabit for there daughter zoey but brad decided not to. Despite therw dusagrement katie and brad were in love.  They were happy together.  

The end.