AUTHOR'S NOTE: Readers, you are about to read a story that I wrote when I was bored, and thinking of my worst fear. I didn't use the greatest planning, I sometimes would write the chapters as I go along, but I think it turned out pretty well. My new fic, coming in late fall or early winter, "From a Bird's Eye", will be written and rewritten many times before it is actually posted.
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Bones awoke. It was dark, and he felt cramped all of the sudden. "Let's see...what can I still remember?" he said outloud as he tried to recollect all of what just happened. He knew three things- 1. He was in a box. 2. It was dark and cold in the box. 3. Whatever this box was, the top wasn't budging.
The truth hit Bones like a train- he instantly remembered everything. He had been walking back in the city from Gracie Grace, then passed the fountain. All of the sudden, he remembered dropping to the ground. An ambulance came. There were doctors in masks...OWW! thought Bones, interrupting his flashback as his head started throbbing, colors fading in and out- though there was only one color in this dark box- black.
The flashback continued in his mind. He was on a stretcher, being carried through a hospital. "He's not gonna make it, doc." said one of the surgeons. He remembered every word those doctors said, though he couldn't say anything about it. He was in a coma. His family was around him crying, and he could hear them, but couldn't cry out! Oh, the horror of being able to hear everything around you, yet not respond! thought Bones. He remembered the doctors pronouncing him dead. His mother’s sobs were all he could hear- "Oh, my Bones! Please, not Bones! There must be a mistake!" And there was a mistake. Bones wasn't yet dead.
Bones' heart skipped a beat as the grave truth sunk in- I am in a coffin- six feet below the Earth's surface.
Bones was still. He still couldn't believe it. How did this happen? he thought. Of course, everyone knew Bones was a klutz. He was constantly tripping, and felt dizzy all the time. The doctors said he would grow out of it- but they didn't know it would send him into a coma!
All he could hear in that dark, gruesome coffin was his mother's voice. That was the last time I will ever here her speak again... thought Bones. "I AM GOING TO DIE IN HERE!" he screamed aloud. Above his tombstone, passersby heard nothing. Bones was as good as dead.
Bones began to escape from his fear, and began thinking of a plan. He figured he couldn't climb out, because he would suffocate in dirt. He then tried his cell phone- no service when you're six feet below. He decided to wait it out, and see if the doctors would figure it out.
Bones was beginning a journey that no man, dog, or any other animal should have to go through- complete and utter panic.
Everyone always joked to Bones, since he was extremely skinny; "He's made of skin and Bones!" they would say. That's what I am going to become, thought Bones. How much longer do I have?
Bones began thinking of plans. Let's see, he thought. If I kick the lid off, which would take a lot of effort, I would just suffocate with dirt. I can't use my cell phone...I can barely even move! Bones felt hopeless. Is my life just a ticking time bomb? Are my heartbeats only 5,000; 1,000; 500; even 100 beats away from death!?!? Panic again engulfed Bones, as it would anyone who was approaching their inevitable death. His breath became shorter. His face slowly turned a rich shade of blue, as he gasped and gasped. He was having a panic attack. These came increasingly often, and made him worried that one of them would result in his death eventually. Bones took what he thought would be his last breath, when all of the sudden...Bones heard a voice that seemed right next to him.
Bone's heart skipped a beat- again. Was that really just another voice? Is there someone else going through the same thing I am? "Hey!!!" the voice sounded slightly angry. "Listen, why did you do this?!?!?" Don't. Say. A. Word. thought Bones. Yet another part of him thought, This could be your only chance to get out of this place! Conflict tore at Bones like how he used to tear through juicy steaks. Will I ever see a steak again? thought Bones as tears welled up in his eyes. Then he remembered the voice he was hearing. "That's right! I'm talking to you!!!" Bones heard tears in this poor woman's voice. He was sure it was a woman.
"My baby...my baby...why did this happen??? You had been in my pouch for only 2 months, when...it happened..." said the voice. This lady isn't talking to me... thought Bones. "My pouch feels so empty now, without you!!! WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?!??! WHY?!?!?!" The lady was now in hysterics. "I'm so sorry for your loss." said Bones out loud. The footsteps he heard above his grave stopped- she had heard him. "Who...is...there?" she timidly asked. "My name is Bones. I shouldn't be here right now. There was a mistake." What am I doing? thought Bones.
"I must be hearing things." said the woman. He heard hopping sounds above the ground- fading away. She was gone. Bones just hoped she would come back.
The woman's name was Kitt- she was a kangaroo. She had appeared twice already in the same day. Bones knew she was his only hope of escape. He tried talking to her twice, but both times she had ran away out of fear.
Bones recalled her talking about her lost daughter- Kitt's daughter must be in the grave next to me...[/u] thought Bones. How sad it is, that she died so young. Then Bones remembered that he, too, was young. He was running out of air. He could feel the air getting thinner and thinner- it's a good thing that Bones had a lung surgery when he was very young that allowed him to live off of little or no air for long periods of time. He can wait it out. The only things he has to worry about are starving, and of course, there was always panic. He had had several panic attacks already, and he did not want to have another one. They came on randomly- he would remember that he was in a grave, and freak out.
The time that Kitt came back again was about 15 minutes after the first. [i]She was terrified, Bones recalled. Of me. He knew her name after someone called her- "Kitt!!!" her friend had said as she looked at the grave she was visiting. "Oh, you've got to get past that. It was years ago!" her friend stated rudely. "I will never forget," replied Kitt. "She was my daughter."
Bones felt so much sympathy for her. All he wanted, all he thought, was one thing- Kitt; please come back.
Bones was starving. He was going to have to take action, with, or without Kitt. But his only hopes seemed to be getting Kitt to realize he was there. If she would just not freak out every time... Bones began brainstorming. Kitt hasn't been here today yet. This is the 3rd day I've been buried. I have enough oxygen to last me because of that lung surgery I had when I was little, and I am somehow staying hydrated from the dew dripping into the casket. But I won't last like this much longer. Bones had gotten over the fear of being buried- now his sole focus was getting out. He hadn't had a panic attack in hours. Please Kitt, thought Bones. Come back.
Kitt was a typical soccer mom. She was always running her kid around somewhere, and was always on the move. She considered herself happy, until one day, her baby hopped out of her pouch, and ran off to be hit by an approaching bus to the city. Kitt didn't press charges though, because she knew Kap'n personally, and he would never try to kill her daughter. As she walked back to her house, she thought, Was that really a voice talking to me from that grave? She knew his name was Bones from the tombstone. That's ironic, she thought with a giggle. But was there a live animal down there that needed help? Should she say something about this? I'm crazy. I must be hearing things. Kitt started to panic a little at the thought of someone being stuck in their own coffin. "There. Is. No. One. Down. There." she said out loud, to calm herself down. But it didn't work. She began hyperventilating. She started seeing different colors and seeing double. Her head was spinning- her world went dark and she collapsed in her kitchen.
Bones was still thinking- and came up with an ingenious plan. But it involved Kitt...The only way this plan will work is if Kitt comes back… He ended up talking aloud, saying "Kitt. Come back. Please. I need you."
Kitt awoke. It was three hours after her little fainting spell. That's it- I'm crazy. Hearing voices in graveyards, passing out... But she knew she wasn't crazy. She was positive she heard a voice in that grave. And she needed to help him. There may not be any more time left. She picked up the phone. A voice picked up on the other end of the number she was dialing: "Please state your emergency." Kitt replied, "You're going to think I'm crazy, but..."
Bones awoke from his 4th day of being buried. He had a dream about Kitt- at the end of the dream, he screamed, woke up abruptly, and hit his head on the coffin lid. He couldn't remember why he screamed though- but he was sure it would come back to him. Bones began thinking of his plan again. Right before he fell asleep, he remembered realizing something...What was it? thought Bones, once again being forgetful. Having been in a coma, his memory wasn't the greatest. All of the sudden, realization hit Bones- I was there when Kitt's daughter was killed.
Kitt heaved a sigh. I knew they wouldn't believe me. The 911 operator threatened to call the police on Kitt, thinking it was a prank. She was so angry with them. There is a real, live animal under that headstone! She was hoping that the operator would be fired once everyone found out the truth. What am I talking about? she thought, once again. I really am losing it. She kept trying to reassure herself, but she was sure that she heard a voice. It even sounded slightly familiar...
Bones recalled everything. He had been getting on the bus to the city, when he saw a kangaroo chasing her daughter. The daughter was very young, and had hopped out of her pouch. They looked like they were having a good time, but Kap'n hadn't seen them. He hit the gas, and accelerated forward. Bones yelled to Kap'n: "STOP!" but he couldn't hear him. He opened a window and yelled to the kangaroos- "LOOK OUT!" He heard the thud. He heard an awful, awful scream of terror from the mom, and a pitiful squeak from the baby. "MY BABY!" Kap'n instantly stopped the car, got out, and started apologizing. Bones ran out of the vehicle to help them. The kangaroo was mourning her daughter, who was still halfway under the wheel of the bus, her last squeak frozen onto her face for eternity. Bone's eyes met the kangaroo's. He gave her a look of sympathy. She turned away, carrying her dead daughter, never to be the same again.
I have known Kitt all along. The grave next to mine is that baby kangaroo that I tried to save. Oh, Kitt! Bones thought. I need you more than ever.
Kitt was on a full sprint to the graveyard. She had to know if Bones was really down there. She was sprinting so fast she had to stop to catch her breath. When she finally got there, she didn't, for once, approach her daughter's grave first. She went straight to Bones' headstone. She said the only thing that came to her at the time.
"It's Kitt." I'm so stupid! she scolded herself. How will he even know my name?
"Kitt?" Bones replied from his coffin. "Oh, I thought you would never come back!"
Okay, maybe it wasn't a bad thing to say after all... Kitt thought.
"I've been down here for 4 days now, just waiting for someone to hear me. And you did," Bones explained.
"But I didn't believe it at first. I'm sorry I came so late- the idea of someone being buried in their own grave freaked me out a little."
"Tell me about it---HELP! HELP! HULLHP! HULLLP!!" Bones began gagging for air- he had run out of air in the coffin, even with his surgery. He was suffocating.
"Oh NO!" Kitt exclaimed as she started to hop around out of anxiety.
Bones began sputtering and cackling for breath. Kitt could hear wheezing sounds coming from his coffin...and then they stopped.
"NO!!!" Kitt screamed, as she ran to her house. She began thinking of how to save him- then she remembered Kap'n. When she got back to her house, out of breath, she picked up a shovel. She then ran to the phone and dialed. Kap'n picked up right away.
"Kap'n? You know how you said you would do anything for me after that day you killed my daughter?"
"Aye, lassie. What did yeh have in mind?"
"Kap'n- meet me by the cemetery in 5 minutes. Bring your bus."
Kap’n had just finished his morning route. As he pulled the bus into it’s parking spot that he always kept it in after he was done with his routes, he got a call from Kitt. That’s strange…
After hearing the message, Kap’n immediately knew something was up. Kitt sounded like she was in hysterics. He immediately started up the bus, and headed towards the cemetery. He pulled it into a parking spot, and saw Kitt standing in front of a grave, flailing her arms. Kap’n approached her.
“Nice you could get here so quickly, Kap’n,” said Kitt. She seemed panicked.
“Now what’s going on that you needed me so badly, lassie?” he replied.
“It wasn’t you that I needed, it was your bus.”
“Well what ‘m I? Chopped liver? Aargh, kids these days.” Kap’n replied blankly.
“Oh, knock it off. There is a real life animal down here buried- listen!” Kitt said hurriedly.
Kap’n heard nothing. “You’re a wee bit crazy, aren't yeh?” he stated rudely.
“NO! I watched my daughter die in front of this dog. YOU were the one that killed her. EVERYONE thinks that I’M crazy! All I am trying to do is safe this dying animal! I AM SICK OF THIS!” Kitt began to break down into tears. “He-he’s suffocating. Can’t you hear? He has a family. He has so much future ahead of him…so…much…longer to live…” Kitt said as she slowly passed out. Apparently she and Bones had more in common than they thought- they both fainted very often.
Kap’n picked up Kitt, and got her into the bus. “The wee lassie’s losin’ it!” Kap’n said to himself while shaking his head sadly.
Kap’n turned as he heard two words sputtered from that coffin, coming from a voice that was out of breath: Help. Me.
Kap’n froze- “The lassie was right!” He turned towards the coffin, where he could hear hacking and coughing, but it sounded very distant. And quiet. Bones didn’t have much time. “Wait- I know yeh Bones! You used to take meh bus to the city, now, didn’t yeh?” All Kap’n got in response was coughing and wheezing. He took a cup of water from his cooler that he kept with him on the bus (Kappa’s need to be hydrated!), and dumped it on Kitt. “WHAT? WHO? WHERE? WHEN? WHY? HOW?” she yelled in shock.
Kap’n gave her a good smack across the face “Aye, we got a situation!”
Kitt’s face darkened. “Right. I have a plan. I brought this shovel with me. I’m gonna start digging him up. Do you happen to have a bungee cord anywhere on this bus?”
“Sure do.” Kap’n replied.
Kitt began describing to Kap’n her plan. The bus would be needed. She had been planning this for days, and she was finally going to help. Kap’n nodded his head- “It’s a wee bit crazy- but it just might work.”
The plan began. Kitt started digging fiercely. Bones’ coughs and wheezes became more distinct- more clear. She was starting to hear him. After she had gotten about halfway there, Bones’ coughs stopped again. He must have passed out again. “BONES?? BONES???!? CAN YOU HEAR ME?” Kitt yelled. Not now! Not while we’re this close!!! Please… There was no response. She kept digging ferociously. She heard the engine of the bus. “HEY! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?” Copper was on a full sprint. Apparently, someone had seen Kitt digging up a grave, and called the police. There’s no time to explain.
Kitt ran up to Copper and said, “I’m sorry officer. There just isn’t time to explain. Someone was buried by mistake- he’s still alive—“
“Yeah, that’s what they all say. Tell it to the judge.” Copper was another who wouldn’t believe Kitt’s story! And now Bones had passed out, so he was as good as dead to Copper.
“Sorry, officer. There’s just no time to explain.”
“Now, you wait here a min---“ Copper collapsed as Kitt hit him in the head with the shovel- hard.
“Now WHAT ‘N HECK DID YA DO THAT FER?” Kap’n screamed from the bus.
“Put him in a bus seat. We’ll explain when he wakes up. If not…I could do more persuading…” Kitt smiled an evil smile as she held up the shovel.
“Just finish the job, lassie!” Kap’n ordered.
Kitt began digging again. She felt the shovel hit wood- THUD. She could see the coffin. Bones has been living in this for days! she thought as she shuddered in horror. She pulled out her pocketknife and began slicing a hole in the casket. Kap’n approached, and put the bungee cord through the hole, and tied it very tight.
“Start up the bus,” Kitt demanded, as Kap’n walked back to his bus.
She heard the roar of the engine. Kitt felt the rush of excitement that she was about to save a life- ”PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL!” she cried happily to Kap’n. The engine roared, sputtered, and began lifting Bones out of the Earth.
Bones had never felt more fear in his life. Cough after cough, gag after gag, it just wouldn't end. He began whimpering, and begging for death. Anything is better than the pain I'm feeling right now. Please, please let me die... he said silently. After 4 days of being buried, he had had enough. He knew there was no chance of survival. He couldn't even hear Kitt anymore!! Why me? Why did this happen to me??? he pleaded. He began coughing out blood. A lot of blood. He was so panicked, that he finally passed out. Just as he was passing out, though, something that he thought would never happen happened; The coffin was rising to the surface.
Kitt ran up to the coffin that was now sitting in broad daylight. No one had decided to try to call the cops on them again, but there were now several passersby who were staring in awe at what they were doing. Kitt approached the coffin, slowly. She pried it open with her spade- she saw Bones, out cold. He looked dead. There was blood everywhere inside the coffin. "No. NO." She thought painfully of how they were just a minute late. "NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Kitt fell to her knees and looked up at the sky. "First...my daughter...now...this..." she trailed off and sobbed. And she sobbed some more. And, had she not been crying so loud, she would have heard Bones' sputtering for breath. Kap'n rushed over; he gave Kitt another good smack across the face. "Pull yerself together, lassie!" he said as he rushed to the coffin. "The laddie's alive!"
"Is...it...true?" she wondered, a tiny bit of hope in her voice. She peered into the coffin. For the first time, she noticed what beautiful eyes Bones had. Blue, as blue as the sky. He slowly began opening them- the brown eyes met the blue, and a message passed secretly between them. Though Bones was too weak to physically say anything, Kitt could almost hear a Thank...you... coming from his soul. He was too lost for words, but his eyes said it all. Kitt burst into tears. Kap'n decided to call a hospital to get him to.
"HOLD IT!!" screamed Copper, running out of the bus, a gun in his hand. "NOBODY MOVE, I WILL SHOOT THIS THING!!" He had a crazed look in his eyes, and a blood-stained gash in the back of his head from where Kitt had struck him earlier.
"Now, officer, I told you, you would never believe, there was too little time." Kitt explained apologetically.
"SHUT UP!" Copper screamed. "I WILL HAVE YOU ARRESTED FOR INSULTING AN OFFICER, AND VANDALIZING PROPERTY!" meaning the coffin that they had just dug up.
"Officer, for the LAST TIME, the surgeons got it wrong, he wasn't really-" she stopped as Copper brought the gun point blank to her forehead and fired.
"Click-click." "Click-click." Kitt winced as the gun made strange clicking noises while it was pressed up against her forehead.
"...wha-what? That's really strange...I didn't-" Copper was interrupted by Kap'n.
"Aye, Kitt, when I saw the gun in the officer's pocket, I unloaded the it while he was knocked out on me bus!" Kap'n smiled. He had saved Kitt's life.
"I think that's payment enough for running over my daughter, Kap'n," Kitt said with a wink. Kitt, though she would never use it, pulled out her pocketknife that she used to cut a hole in the coffin earlier and showed it to Copper.
Copper looked around thinking of something to do. He immediately took off on a full sprint, running away like a coward from everything that just happened. Kitt decided to let him run. Kap'n jeered insults at him the entire way.
They then turned to the coffin- Bones had finally become active. As he stood up, he looked first at the immense crowd that had gathered around the cemetery by now, watching this intriguing event, then toward Kap'n and his bus, then at Kitt. He climbed out of the coffin- he finally saw life as such a blessing. His event in the coffin had shown him just how fragile life can be, and that he should live it up while he still can. He felt the joy of being alive.
As he looked upon the crowd, someone began clapping. Another person joined him. Then another. And, person by person, a huge standing ovation erupted for Bones, Kitt, and Kap'n. They awkwardly smiled and accepted the applause. They had done it. Kitt felt the amazing feeling of victory; Kap'n felt relieved that he finally paid back Kitt for what he did all those years ago; Bones was just taking deep breaths of fresh air, and just observing the beauty of life itself. After 4 days in a coffin, you forget many things about how wonderful life can be.
In the midst of all of this celebration, however, you are probably thinking that this is the end of the story. Well, Copper was still out there, back at his police headquarters, reporting everything Kitt and Kap'n had done in a twisted, biased way. He was going to make sure that they would never be accepted in this town again. He was even hoping they would get the death penalty. Copper smiled as he told his fellow officers what had happened in the last hour. Kitt and Kap'n were in a lot of trouble.
Copper sprinted into Police Headquarters, out of breath.
"How'd it go?" Booker asked, while eating a doughnut.
"I-I found the crazy woman. She knocked me out with a shovel," Copper said, out of breath.
Booker looked uninterested. Why do I have to work with this guy? Copper thought to himself.
"Then, when I woke up, I went to scare her a little, but I was too angry. I was gonna shoot her right in the forehead, but this turtle-thing had already unloaded my gun while I was unconscious. She then pulled a knife on me, and screamed 'I'll kill you, officer!' I need to speak to the mayor about this.
Tortimer hobbled into the room. "There's no need- I heard it all, sonny." Tortimer was aging quite a bit. He had wrinkles under his dark eyes, and his walking wasn't exactly what it used to be. Life had done a number on him, Copper could tell.
"Nice to see you, Mr. Mayor," Coppier politely greeted him.
"Well, if what you said is true, the whippersnapper assaulted ya' with a shovel, threatened you, and was defacing public property. Digging up a grave!" he exclaimed. "Kids these days..." Tortimer began to go on a long rant, but Copper zoned out. "I have to get her punished."
Kitt and Bones walked home, exhausted from everything that had happened. She had invited him over- they had a very long chat.
"I-I'm so sorry I hadn't come earlier," Kitt apologized. "We almost lost you...I thought...I would lose you like I lost my daughter."
"I tried to save her. I'm so sorry." Bones was so sympathetic toward Kitt.
"Well, I should've been a better mother. I should've kept her in my pouch, and not let her out near a busy road."
"All that aside, I just want you to know that I am more grateful for life than I have ever been, and it wouldn't have happened without you. You have opened my eyes to how much life is worth living. I was so unappreciative before the coma. I looked at everything negatively. That has changed tremendously now, thanks to you." Tears welled up in Bones' eyes. He looked over at Kitt, and found that her eyes were much wetter than his.
"I'm just so glad I could finally help someone else, especially after..." Kitt trailed off, and burst into tears. "I still can't get over it. Every morning, I wake up and look into the nursery room where she wuold sleep when she wasn't in my pouch. I always go over to her old crib, childishly hoping that maybe...just maybe...she'd be there. But..." Kitt again trailed off. She took a big gulp, and went on. "She was never there." Her voice felt like stone in Bones' ears. It was so cold, so harsh, so bitter. "Not once. I never saw my baby again. Every night, in my sleep, I see that scene play out over and over again. The squeaks of the bus's breaks stopping the massive bus a second too late; then I hear my scream of horror; then the pitiful last squeal that she made as her life was taken from her. I will never be the same again."
Bones was about to reply, when he heard a knock on the door. A voice cried from Kitt's porch: "This is the police!"
Copper burst through the door with Tortimer. He carried a pair of handcuffs in his hands.
“You! Kangaroo! You’re under arrest by the federal court of law, charged of assaulting an officer, defacing private property, and disturbing the peace!” Copper yelled. Tortimer nodded in approval.
“Please, guys, please. Just hear me out,” Kitt pleaded. Tortimer looked interested. This doesn’t seem like a murderous grave-digger… he thought.
“The judge will hear you out in court! Now let’s go!” Copper demanded. Kitt grabbed Bones’ hand and made a break for it. “STOP!” Copper screamed. “Let go of him! He’s evidence!!”
Kitt whispered to Bones- “This is for your own good- no one will believe me of course. I’ll go to jail for you any day. I’d rather you not have to be embarrassed by this. Go home, see your family again, but make sure they never tell. You were never in that grave, do you understand me?”
Bones nodded gravely. “But I can’t let you take the fall for this! Doctors should be sued! Copper should be arrested! If anyone is to blame here, it isn’t you.”
“It doesn’t matter,” Kitt replied. “No one would believe this anyways. Now go.”
Bones nodded, and ran off into the street. “Now, to find my family,” he thought happily. “But I will come back for you, Kitt. I will save the day, I promise,” Bones said to himself.
Kitt walked back into her house. “You moron!” Copper jeered. “That was the biggest evidence! Oh well. You’ve just dug your own grave, kangaroo.” Kitt began to run. She saw a billy club fly through the air and strike her head.
When she woke up, she was in a jail cell. She heard a voice call from behind the bars- ”You go to court 10 minutes, kangaroo.”
Oh boy, Kitt thought. How am I gonna get myself out of this one?”
Alright, well I've gotta go everyone, sorry!!! I will post the rest later, I at least got part 1 posted. I will post part 2 ASAP, feel free to comment! I will post part 2 tomorrow, and include the page # of where it is in the title.
Bones walked up to his doorstep. He was still filthy. I haven't eaten in days... Bones thought ravenously. They're going to think I'm a zombie! He approached the door, shaking like a leaf. What are they going to think? He knocked on the door. A lady opened the door- it was his mother- Portia. She opened the door and got a good look at him. Her face turned pale. She whispered "No." She slammed the door and ran further into the house.
Bones was distraught. She's terrified of me! I knew she wouldn't believe it! He opened the door. As he walked into the living room, his entire family was there, sitting on the couch. They all stared deep into his eyes. Bones began speaking.
"I know...that you think I'm dead. I probably look like a zombie right now, don't I?" The family was too stunned to speak. All of them went pale.
"It's me- Bones! Your family member! Remember? I always had fainting spells, and the doctors thought I was dead? But I really wasn't...they were wrong. I could hear everything you guys said to me while I was in the hospital..."
"Bones...my poor, poor Bones..." his mother began sobbing uncontrollably.
"I remember what you said mom- when they pronounced me dead- I heard every word," Bones recalled. This made his mother sob even more.
"My son..." his dad walked over to him. "You are a brave, brave dog. You have no idea how worried I was. I haven't slept since." He showed him a cist that had grown on his eyelid from lack of sleep.
"I'm here now guys! I know it's scary, but I'm alive! Forget I was ever in a coffin!"
As if it had just hit his mother, she instantly began screaming and jumping for joy. "BONES! My Bones! You're alive!! You have no idea how much I longed for this!!!!!" she burst into tears again, but this time, they were tears of joy. The entire family joined in, and gave him a big group hug. His mom, his dad, and all 4 of his siblings!
I'm so glad I'm alive. thought Bones.
"We have to celebrate!" his mother said.
"I'll start grilling up some steaks for you, Bones!" his dad exclaimed.
"I'll put your stuff back in your room!" his little sister cried.
"Wait!" his older brother was the voice of reason here. "Bones- just how did you get out of your grave?"
All of the sudden, the entire family felt so stupid. They hadn't even questioned how he had managed to escape from his own grave, crushed under six feet of dirt!
"Well, it's a long story..." Bones began.
"Trust me," his mom said. "We have all the time in the world."
The gavel hit the podium. BANG. BANG. As the crowd slowly settled and became quiet, a nervous kangaroo walked into the room. She looked distraught, and walked next to two inexperienced lawyers, scratching their heads, looking equally as nervous as the kangaroo that was Kitt. Copper played a part in this obviously- he made sure she would get the worst lawyers possible.
The prosecution walked in; Kitt's own town had turned against her. A team of policedogs and other townfolk like Pelly, Phyllis, Nook, and even Mable! They all had menacing looks on the faces, and turned hatefully towards Kitt.
The jury began to file in- first Wendall, then Pascal, then Labelle from Gracie Grace, then that shady Crazy Redd. Next, Pete the mailman, Harriet from the Shampoodle, Katrina, Dr. Shrunk, Lyle, and Blathers. Thankfully, to Kitt, Kap'n walked in to be seated with the jury. Thank goodness someone is on my side... Kitt thought to herself. Relax, Kitt, she told herself. There's nothing to worry about.
A voice began to speak. "All rise for the honorable Judge and Mayor, Tortimer." The entire crowd that had gathered in the court room immediatly rose with a stern look on their faces. They knew that if they got Tortimer on this case, it would be pretty serious. The voice that had introduced Tortimer was Master Frillard. Oh no...this case is a big deal! thought Kitt hopelessly. Only the best cases get Frilliard and Tortimer on the case.
"Will the defense please rise?" Frillard sternly but politely demanded. Kitt rose. He approached her. "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?"
Kitt's mouth began to run dry. No one will believe the truth! she thought. "If the jury will believe it." she forced out.
"I need a yes or no answer, ma'am." Frillard stated.
"Yes. I solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." Kitt said, while holding her right hand up.
I probably look like such a wimp. Kitt began to feel self-conscious. Here I am, shaking like a leaf...
After Frilliard had said the same oath to the prosecution, everyone was seated. Judge Tortimer slammed down on the gavel. "We now begin case Kitt vs. The Town. Will the prosecution please give an opening statement?"
It was Copper who rose to the occasion. He stood up, started pacing around the courtroom, looking for the right phrasing. "I recieved a call from someone on 186 Cemetary Road yesterday afternoon. They said someone was disturbing the peace. Being an experienced officer, I figured it was just some punks stirring up a little trouble. But I was wrong. A full grown kangaroo that you see in court today was at the scene. I approached the cemetary, and saw her digging up a grave. I approached her, and politely asked her what she was doing."
Kitt beagn to cringe. He's making it up! her innner thoughts screamed. Copper continued. "She then picked up the shovel she had, held it to my neck, and said the following- 'Now you listen you filthy officer, I don't give a care who called you to do this or why you're even here, but if you report me or even make the slightest move to arrest me, I will kill you with this shovel.'
"OBJECTION!" Kitt screamed. "He's making it all up! Please-"
"Kitt, you will have your turn. This is Copper's side of the story. You will be able to tell the court what you think happened when it is the proper time," Tortimer patiently explained.
Copper began. "Well, now that I was so rudely interrupted, I lost my train of thought....Ah, yes. I remember now. I began to explain to her that violence won't get her anywhere, when she hit me in the head with the shovel, knocking me old cold. She hit me square in the back of the head, and I hope that she gets served justice. She then proceeded to hit me, screaming "Take THAT, you filthy coward! Take THAT, you stupid police officer!" I tried crying out, but she just wouldn't...stop..." Copper trailed off, and began whining to himself like any dog would when they got hurt. He was very good at faking.
"Then, she cast me aside. When I woke up, I saw her standing there with a knife! A knife! Pulled on a police officer! She then put it to my throat and threatened me yet again. Lucky for me, I knocked the knife out of her hand and ran for my life, like any sane person would do. She then jeered at me the entire way back. This woman is crazy, and deserves a life sentence, if not, death row. I hope the court will protect more innocent people from being slaughtered by this public menace. Please...make her pay," Copper concluded.
"Thank you, Copper. Defense, please make your opening statement," Tortimer explained.
"Oh, don't make these poor, inexperienced lawyers experience complete embarrassment. I can speak for myself," Kitt began.
Her lawyers blushed, but they were definatly glad she stepped in.
"Since Copper played a hand in giving me the awful lawyers, I would like to be my own lawyer today, if that's okay, Your Honor."
"Proceed," Tortimer affirmated.
"Well, first let me give you some background."
Kitt began to tell what seemed like just a story, and the crowd was at first astonished that she would do something like this.
Kitt began speaking. "Bones awoke. It was dark, and he felt cramped all of the sudden..." and she told Bones' story.
"‘Oh boy’, I thought to myself. ‘How am I going to get myself out of this one?” Kitt finished, leaving the story off at Chapter 14.
She had told the entire story from first person whenever she entered the story, so it made more sense. When she had finished, there was a long silence in the courtroom.
“Well, that was quite a long opening statement you made there! Heh, heh!” Tortimer wheezed to himself. “But this story sounded slightly fictitious- it would explain you digging up the grave, but how do we know that you didn’t make all of this up?” Kitt was at a loss for words.
Everyone heard the courtroom doors slam open. “This is how!” a voice exclaimed. Bones entered the courtroom, his head held high, and looking ready to save the day. He immediately cowered and became his usual self when he saw all of the people that were there. They got the whole village on this case… he mumbled to himself.
“Nice to see you again, Bones,” Kitt said. The entire courtroom gasped.
“So,” Tortimer began, “I see you have been through a lot in these past four days, Bones!”
“You could say that, yes…but the reason I’m here is because I would like to help Kitt by being her second lawyer.” The crowd gasped again.
“Very well, you’re probably more experienced than these wrecks over here.” Tortimer pointed at Kitt’s pathetic lawyers.
“Well then, can we begin calling witnesses?” Bones inquired.
“Now wait just a minute!” Copper interrupted. “You can’t just let them add lawyers like this!”
“I’m the judge, and I say I can,” Tortimer said in reply. Copper looked defeated. This is the evidence they need to win…this isn’t looking good for us… he thought.
“Very well then.” Copper again rose to the occasion. “I call Butch to the stand!”
In walked a mean-looking, scowling, black and orange dog. He looked very aggravated, like he wanted to be anywhere else but in the courtroom he was in at the moment.
“Butch, please take a seat at the stand,” Copper instructed.
“Now, is your address 186 Cemetery Road?” Copper began the questioning.
“Sure is. Now can I go?” Butch asked rudely.
“You can go in just a little bit. Please answer these questions for me.” Copper is sucking up to his witnesses… Kitt thought in disgust.
“Where were you yesterday afternoon?” Copper was slowly getting to the point.
“At my house, the address you said earlier.”
“Good. Did you happen to notice any disturbances that afternoon?”
“Yessir, I saw that kangaroo over there diggin’ up a grave!” He pointed a finger at Kitt.
“Did you see that she had any clear reason to be doing that?”
“None, sir. Now can I get outta here?” Butch was very pushy.
“Of course. Thank you, Butch,” Copper finished.
Butch walked out of the courtroom.
Tortimer was the first to speak after he left. “Would the defense like to call up any witnesses?”
“If you would let me, Your Honor,” Kitt began,” I would like to call Bones to the stand.”
Bones took the stand. Kitt began pacing the courtroom, searching desperately for the perfect questions to ask. She thought and thought. A dead silence hit the courtroom. Everyone was waiting in anticipation to hear if this horrible story was real or not. A minute passed. Two minutes. Tortimer finally stepped in.
“Kitt, I know court questioning is hard, especially on the spot, but could you please hurry it up?” He was as bored as the rest of the court was by now. Kitt finally stepped up to the stand, and everyone began holding their breath, waiting to see what the dog who had been buried for four days would have to say. Kitt finally spoke.
“Where were you four days ago?” Kitt first asked.
“Well,” Bones began, “At first I was at the city. I passed out, which I do quite often. I was rushed to the hospital. Then, that night, I woke up in a coffin.”
The crowd gasped in astonishment. What Bones had just said was just like what happened in the beginning of Kitt’s opening statement! Bones hadn’t even been in the courtroom when she made her statement. The crowd was starting to buy this story.
“Thank you, Bones. And, what happened after that?” Kitt inquired, this time expecting even better proof against Copper.
“I heard you visiting your daughter’s grave, and called to you. At first you were scared. Then, you tried calling 911 to come and dig me up, but they laughed in your face and hung up. Then, you came with Kap’n, who sits on the jury today, and pulled me up from the ground. Then, I heard someone run to the scene, demanding that you stop what you were doing and go to jail. You hit him in the head with a shovel, because it was the only thing you could do at the time…” Bones trailed off.
He then continued after a long pause. “When the coffin lid was pulled up, I regained consciousness and saw you for the first time. The voice I had heard earlier that you hit with the shovel then ran up and pulled a gun on you. He said he wasn’t afraid to kill you, and went to shoot. He put the gun…straight to your forehead. Luckily, Kap’n had unloaded the gun while he was unconscious.”
The crowd began to murmur. “Then, you took out your knife to cut the coffin lid all the way open, and the officer saw it, then ran.”
Kitt investigated further. “Can you point out who was the one who pulled the gun on me?”
Bones pointed a finger at Copper. “He sits on the prosecution bench.”
The entire crowd then began chatting nonstop to each other, out of pure excitement that an experienced officer would do such a horrible thing.
BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG. Tortimer had to hit the gavel on his stand a total of 20 times before the crowd finally quieted down. Copper just sat there, looking embarrassed.
“No further questions, Your Honor,” Kitt concluded.
“Thank you, Bones and Kitt. Would either side like to call up any more witnesses?
“If you don’t mind, Kitt, I would like to call someone to the stand,” said Bones.
“Alright, fine by me.” Kitt agreed.
“I would like to call Kabuki to the stand!” Bones declared.
Kabuki took the stand. Everyone immediatly began chattering. "What could he be here for?" whispered one attendee. "I wonder how he plays a part in all this!" exclaimed another. The courtroom was filled with anticipation.
"Kabuki- is it true that you, four days ago, had a patient in the hospital, who was white with a brown spot around one eye, fainted often, had been sent itnto a coma, and been proclaimed dead by you?
Kabuki took a good look at Bones. His eyes widened wider than anyone would think a cat's eyes would be physically capable of being. He blinked once. Twice. Three times. Still no response. He had gone into complete shock.
"...to answer your question...yes..." Kabuki trailed off. He had never been proven wrong before! He was a renowned doctor, and now he was being humiliated! And what is this? He looked around, and noticed that there was even a camera crew, broadcasting live to ACC (Animal Crossing Cable- a meaningless coincidence that it has the same initials as an Animal Crossing forum online). I am being publically humiliated on national tv! he thought fearfully to himself. I hate this Bones guy...He's ruining my image. How dare he!
"...but..." Kabuki went on, "You were medically dead. You were not breathing, there was no cardiac response, and...and..." his eyes widened again as he threw up all over the stand, out of pure shock. The crowd recoiled in disgust. "Ewwww!" Bones heard a little kid squawk.
"No further questions," Bones concluded. There was a murmur amung the courtroom, and now it was true that Bones did indeed need to be dug up from the grave. Everyone began to side with Kitt. Her story must be true! everyone thought. And they were right. Now, Bones just had to secure it, to make sure that Kitt got away clean. This is going better than I imagined... Bones thought to himself.
Copper then rose. "All of this is being set up, I tell you! They are paying all of these witnesses! And to prove this, I call Wisp to the stand!"
The crowd, again, gasped. Wisp was a legend! Everybody knew that. But, Copper had done some negotiating with the spirit, and when he found Wisp's lamp, he offered to grant him a wish. Copper had just the right wish in mind- getting Wisp to testify in court against Kitt.
Wisp magically appeared in the stand. Everyone was astonished. Copper approached him. "Is it true that you, Wisp, can appear invisible and hear what other people are saying around you?" Copper inquired.
"Yes," Wisp affirmated. "It's true."
"Now then," Copper went on, "Did you happen to hear a conversation between Kabuki, Kitt, and Bones that took place?"
Wisp gulped. "...yes..." he spit out.
"Did it involve any exchange of bells so that Bones and Kabuki would testify for Kitt?" Copper demanded.
Wisp gulped again. "...yeah...sure..."
"I need a yes or no answer," Copper said.
"I CAN'T LIE LIKE THIS!" Wisp burst into tears. "I know I owe you a wish, but make it anything other than this! Please! Kitt is too nice, she doesn't deserve this! You're just upset that you were beat up by a girl!" he accused.
The crowd began to snicker. The white parts of Copper's face turned scarlet. "I...have no idea what this fool is talking about! I wish you would go away!" Wisp poofed away and was gone. Copper just wasted his wish, because Wisp had already done his damage. The townsfolk that were on the prosecution side (Nook, Mable, Sable, etc.) all sheepishly migrated to the back of the courtroom, and took a seat. They were no longer on Copper's side, now that they were exposed.
"I believe you said it best, Copper," Bones said in the dead silence. "'You just dug your own grave.'"
BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG. Tortimer's gavel rang throughout the courtroom as everyone laughed at Copper, commented to each other about the case, and completely forgot about how you're supposed to be quiet in a courtroom. When everyone was finally silent, Tortimer proceeded on with the case.
"Would the prosecution like to present any evidence?" Tortimer began.
"Yes," Copper said. "He walked up to the podium. "Do you all see this?" He lifted up his fur to reveal a nasty mark on his forehead. "This is what that public menace did to me! And we are all going to let her get away with that? It's obvious that she had a good reason to dig up Bones- We will drop the charges on that. But attacking an officer? She still deserves a life sentence."
"Your Honor, may I interrupt for a second?" Bones asked.
"Go ahead," said Tortimer.
"If I recall correctly," Bones began, "in your testimony, I believe you said that she hit you in the back of the head." The crowd, again, gasped. He was right- the mark must be fake. "I see that your wound is running a little bit- is the makeup running off because you are nervous? Because you know that I'm right, and that you've been lying, and you really only received minimal damage from Kitt?" Bones had busted him.
"Well..." Copper stuttered out, "I...I...was also hit in the forehead by her too...she hit me multiple times, r-remember?"
"Ah, yes. Do you care to show us the back of your head, where she did the blow that knocked you unconscious?"
Copper turned and showed the back of his head, thinking there would still be a slight mark. He was wrong. There was nothing there. Bones smirked, like most lawyers do after busting someone to the point where, no matter what they say afterwards, they are guilty. Copper turned around, turning scarlet again.
"I also have some evidence to present," Bones began. "Exhibit A- my death certificate. Note that it has my name, Kabuki's signature, and my mother's signature. Proof that I was legally 'dead'." Bones made a good point. "Exhibit B- my ID. Notice it has my name on it, and my picture. It also has the same name as the one on my death certificate., pleading for her life, because of some cop that wants to get her in tro Exhibit C- myself. I am standing before you today, yet I am holding my own death certificate. How is this possible? Because of this remarkable kangaroo that stands in court today only because she was defending herself. Does she really deserve any punishment here? Or does Copper? Manipulating the entire thing, giving her the worst lawyers, lying under oath, and presenting false evidence. What more evidence to we need? Also, I present Exhibit D- Copper. His head is fine, and all there is is a fake wound that he made to make Kitt look bad. That's our evidence, Your Honor, "Bones concluded.
"Seeing as the prosecution has no further evidence, I think it's time for everyone to make their closing statements. Copper, you go first."
"I was attacked by this public menace," Copper beagn. "Please- serve her justice. She could have explained to me everything that had happened, and I would have believed it." Kitt scoffed at him under her breath. Yeah, right. she muttered.
"Bones, please make your closing statement," said Tortimer.
"I have been through so much in the past 4 days. And Kitt ended it. Why would she need to be punished for saving my life? Copper would never have believed what was going on, so she fought for herself. I heard Copper threaten her many times, so it was an act of self-defense. Again, I refer back to Exhibit C. Me standing before you today. This is only possible with Kitt, who I think, after all this drama, needs a break. I ask the jury to look into their hearts, and ask themselves- 'Can I really condemn an innocent, praise-worthy kangaroo for doing a good dead- saving a life?' Please, make the right decision, mammals and amphibians of the jury. Thank you." Bones sat down.
Now was the time when the jury would have broken up to discuss amongst themselves what they would say. A jury needed a unanimous vote, so it often took hours for them to come up with a decision. Instead, Kap'n said "The jury is ready to present the verdict."
Everyone in the courtroom was nervous. The jury decided so fast…Bones thought. Maybe they don’t think we’re telling the truth… He had a little bit of doubt.
The courtroom doors slammed open. Several people walked in, many of them looking very distraught. I've seen these guys before... thought Bones. There were many of them- they all looked identical. Penguins in tuxes, stern looks on their face, all of them facing a different direction- There was someone in the middle of all of them... Bones could see a white-furred head hidden in-between all of the penguin body guards.
The first body guard, who looked like he was the leader, was the first to speak. "This isn't the Bones that is on that death certificate!" The entire crowd gasped. Fury lit inside Bones like a match dropped in oil. No...NO! he thought, anger boiling inside him.
"The real Bones is right here!" Bones saw the body guards move, and in-between all of them was a dog with white fur, a brown spot over one eye, and dressed exactly like Bones- he was staring at himself. "No." Bones muttered. "You're wrong.... you’re...you're..." Bones didn't even know how to respond! How do you speak to someone who looks exactly like you? "I am Bones. I wasn't in the grave that kangaroo was digging up- the doctors figured out I wasn't dead and dug me up," the Bones look-alike said.
"NO!" said the real Bones. "You're wrong! You all heard my story! What reason would I have to make all this up?"
"To save Kitt's skin!" Copper butted in. "She is paying you, isn't she? She probably heard the story about Bones, found a look-alike, gave him some makeup around one eye, dressed him like the real Bones, and presto! She has a fake witness that will save her skin!"
Kitt looked like she had been slapped in the face. She stared at Copper with such intensity, such hate. Copper just grinned back, menacingly.
The fake Bones began speaking. "I wasn't even in the graveyard that Kitt was digging in! She was just a crazy woman, trying to make up for her stupid actions after she went on a drinking spree!"
"I...found...him...while...I...was...MOURNING MY DAUGHTER!" Kitt burst into tears. "She is in the grave next to his! I have PROOF! Proof, I tell you! Just because Copper wants to see me go down so badly...Why me? Why did this have to happen to me...Why...?" Kitt trailed off. She stood up. "You are not the real Bones. Everyone here knows it, and maybe you and Copper have convinced yourselves, but everyone else knows it. Now, I believe the jury has to let us know their decision," Kitt finished.
Tortimer began to speak. "I think the jury may want to rethink their decision..." Even Tortimer was beginning to believe that Kitt's story was a hoax! An idea came to Kitt.
"I would like to call this so-called 'Bones' to the stand," Kitt said. "If that's okay, Your Honor."
The fake Bones went up to the stand. He glanced at Copper- Copper put a finger to his own throat, and slid it across his neck. He was threatening the fake Bones.
"I'm just curious- you seem to have a scratch on your face. Could you explain how you got it?" Kitt asked.
"What does that have anything to do with-"
"Oh my! Here, let me wipe off your face, your eye is simply a mess!" Kitt licked her finger and began wiping near the brown spot on his eye.
"No! Don't do tha-" he was cut off, as the makeup ran down from his face- revealing that he had completely white fur- and he wasn't Bones. Kitt was now looking into the face of a completely ashamed dog, who wasn't Bones at all. "Hello, Walker," said Kitt.
"I-I'm so sorry..." he trailed off. "Copper made me do it..." He burst into tears. All eyes turned to Copper. He turned red, and said "It was all a misunderstanding, sorry! He was crazy- he wanted do to it-"
"Oh, shut up, you corrupt Collie!" interrupted Tortimer. "Remind me to fire you later."
"Anyways," he went on, "I believe the jury has a decision to make."
Frilliard turned from the jury, ready to announce who they had decided was guilty, and who was innocent. Bones held his breath.