Author's notes: The story in the description begins in chapter 2. This first chapter is a little Buckles one-shot I made up that I referred to in the summary as a 'quickie', though I posted it here because I didn't want to create two separate documents.

All characters © David Gilbert.


Buckles was lying asleep peacefully on the rug. Everything was calm and fine.

Suddenly, he felt something move under him. The world shook violently.

Buckles's eyes shot open with panic. The whole room was moving! His instincts kicked in. Buckles jumped up and ran as fast as his feet could carry him.

"EARTHQUAKE!" he hollered.

If Buckles had looked back, he would have noticed that it wasn't what he thought…Paul was simply trying to take the rug out from under him.

Paul shook his head. "For goodness sake, Buckles," he said. "The rug only needs cleaning!"


Later that day…

Paul was lying asleep peacefully on the couch. Everything was calm and fine.

Suddenly, he felt something move under him. The world shook violently.

Paul's eyes shot open with panic. The whole room was moving! His instincts kicked in. Paul jumped up and ran as fast as his feet could carry him.

"EARTHQUAKE!" he hollered.

If Paul had looked back, he would have noticed that it wasn't what he thought…Jill was simply trying to take the cushions out from under him.

Jill shook her head. "For goodness sake, Paul…"


Now onto chapter 2, The Demon Dogsitter