Chapter 1

Author's Note: Hello! Since I'll be going to visit to Bodega Bay upcoming weekend in November, I thought it's suiting to write a short story about it. Don't worry! I'm also starting to work on the new sequel to The Chronicles of Mason Smith Series. More will to come.

It was almost has been months after our encounter with Hugh and Clayton. The leaves began to change colors as the fall season is near. We started to gather some food from the farm and the orchard for certain fruits, mostly apples. During our patrol at the orchard, we came across with a badger named Bark. When she saw Fiver, she hugged him so tight that even a stronger human could give you a friendly hug without breaking someone's back. I giggled quietly, as I thought it was kind of cute. However, by the time Fiver greeted me to her, I reached my paw towards her for a shake, instead I was being picked up and squeezed like Fiver was. I could pretty much certainly say that she is the friendliest badger I ever met. She gave us some apples that we could bring back towards the down.

As soon we got back, the sun started to set. The Owsla was successful of our grab of Flayrah. Normally when we started to eat some of them, I eat less and I could give most to Rose so she could eat and more importantly our young kitten being fed. As soon after she was fed, she started to fall asleep, after we had our talk of our day. Since she was sleeping and after I gently tucked her in, I thought I could try to watch the sun disappear and see some early stars. I packed my backpack, now it's shrunken, with my phone and my guitar. I hopped out of our burrow and gone through the tunnels, until passing the Honeycomb and headed towards the warren's entrance.

When I got outside, I was in time as a star showed very faded, as it awaits for the sun to be gone. The last of the summer wind was near it's end. I took out my phone and started to play a song that has a piano acoustic, while I strum the guitar.

I catch my buzz in the black of night
Where nobody ever goes and the warm wind blows
If I loose my cool in the open and it shows
That I'm down and I ain't alright

I search my soul where there is no moon
The trees all cross and are covered in moss
If the crickets wanna know then I'll tell 'em what I lost
Oh, I got the tailgate blues

While I was playing, I was surprised to see Hazel, Fiver, with Silverweed coming out of no where.

"Was that music?" Silverweed asked.

"Yes, but it was the music that I normally listen to. Your first time?" I asked.

"Yes, I thought it was wonderful." he complemented.

"Thank you. Even though I'm not a great professional singer, but I try." I added.

"You do sang well to put the kittens to sleep at night." Hazel said.

I nodded and I looked towards west as the sun is gone and it's light reflects on the skies. The skies are clear and the breeze was right.

"I still kind of wished to go back to California." I envied.

"California?" Silverweed questioned.

"Where Mason came from, he was from another world called the United States." Fiver explained.

I started to hear the youngsters booming the house I used to live. Frustrated, I shook my head.

"For once, they can't be able to stop for one night or two." I was upset.

"I know Mason, sometimes that's how the young humans are." Fiver said.

"Easily, I could relate it to myself." I added.

"What song were you singing?" Hazel asked.

"It's called Tailgate Blues by Luke Bryan, a country artist." I answered.

"Try to sing and we could listen." Fiver convinced.

"I'll like to hear it please." Silverweed asked.

I can't turn down from their offer and persuasion. I started to strum the guitar and I started to sing.

I catch my buzz in the black of night
Where nobody ever goes and the warm wind blows
If I loose my cool in the open and it shows
That I'm down and I ain't alright

I search my soul where there is no moon
The trees all cross and are covered in moss
If the crickets wanna know then I'll tell 'em what I lost
Oh, I got the tailgate blues

I ain't sure were it all began
Somewhere 'round here I know
This bridge was a little more crowded then
I was playing her a tailgate show
And now I'm just sittin' here alone

To catch my buzz in the black of night
Where nobody ever goes and a warm wind blows
If I loose my cool in the open and it shows
That I'm down and I ain't alright

I search my soul where there is no moon
The trees all cross and are covered in moss
If the crickets wanna know then I'll tell them what I lost
Oh I've got the tailgate blues

Damn that AM radio
For playing more than a song
My heart won't beat if the strings are broke
The melody's hittin' me wrong
Right here where she belongs

I catch my buzz in the black of night
Where nobody ever goes and a warm wind blows
If I loose my cool in the open and it shows
That I'm down and I ain't alright

(Other rabbits came out to listen.)

I search my soul where there is no moon
The trees all cross and are covered in moss
If the crickets wanna know then I'll tell 'em what I lost
Oh, I got the tailgate blues

The crickets heard my story and I listened to 'em sing
I guess I'll close the tailgate up
There ain't no telling what tomorrow might bring
Maybe me and a Dixie cup
But that won't be enough

Yes I catch my buzz in the black of night
Where nobody ever goes and a warm wind blows
If I loose my cool in the open and it shows
That I'm down and I ain't alright

I search my soul where there is no moon
The trees all cross and are covered in moss
If the crickets wanna know then I'll tell them what I lost
Oh, I got the tailgate blues

I catch my buzz in the black of night
Where nobody ever goes and a warm wind blows
If I loose my cool in the open and it shows

That I'm down and I ain't alright


"What a lovely song, Mason." Fiver complemented.

"I thought so too." Hazel added.

"That was wonderful!" Silverweed praised.

"What's going on out here?" Bigwig curiously asked.

"I thought to play some tunes and... reminiscing." I answered.

"You mean also to remember about your family?" Fiver asked.

I sighed and placed my guitar on the grass. "I'm sorry... I didn't mean to bring that up."

"Mason, it's okay. What you trying to reminisce about your family?" Hazel comfortingly asked.

"Being at Bodega Bay... playing some songs by a campfire, as we listened the ocean waves crash." I recalled. "It brings me so much memories after I left the states and even after my family's passing. I wished to dream about visiting Bodega. I could also show the place to you, just like how you guys journeyed to the 'Big Water'."

"You seemed to talk of it so much, I don't see why not we could see the place ourselves." Hazel said.

"I'll love to see it!" Fiver agreed.

"It seems lovely to adventure." Hawkbit and Dandelion agreed.

"Never heard of it, something new to discover." Silverweed agreed.

"Bodega Bay it is." Bigwig said.

I was thrilled to show them what Bodega Bay looks like, however my smile and excitement turned down.

"I can't."

Everyone turned towards me.

"Why?" Hazel asked.

"Well for one thing, we'll had to travel across the other side of the world and I'm pretty sure we don't want to risk of all that." I explained.

"I know another way we could." Hazel determined.

As he headed back inside of our warren, we followed and I wondered how we're going to do it.