Buckminster & Amber 65 – Amber Croft — Kat Kung Fu – Part 4

Amber Croft – Cat of Nine Tales

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Part 4

ImagePart 4    The Dog of Death

Another dawn at Golden Amber Temple. Buckminster sleeping off catnip hangover on front steps. “Wake up Grasshopper.”


            Awareness struggles to take shape in brain of lazy student. “Time has come for final test,” I tell him. “If you pass today, you can leave dojo with respect. Return to worthy parents as one who . . .” What can I say, “. . . has passed test.”

            “What test?”

            “Test called ‘Facing Dragon.’

            “Facing Dragon? Isn’t that a bit over the top? I only weigh five pounds.”

            “There is no dragon. Dragon retire many years ago.”

            “Too bad,” Buckminster speaks. “I would have broke his toes . . . twisted his tale.”

            “Good fortune you have missed that opportunity. Today is much more simple, test of courage. Is called, ‘Facing Dog of Death.’ Dog not so big as dragon whose tail you would twist. Dog maybe fifty pounds . . . more or less.” Buckminster courage disappears with speed of rabbit chased by fox.

            “But, I’m not ready, sifu. Next week maybe.”


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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2 Responses to Buckminster & Amber 65 – Amber Croft — Kat Kung Fu – Part 4

  1. Wonder if Dragon come out of retirement.

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