Mac and Dipper:
The Other Side
by Danielle Bruckert


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One Day Mac was out in the garden chasing the cat, when suddenly his attention was distracted.

He had caught sight of dipper digging at something by the fence.

He bounded over to where she was busy with the fence to find out what was going on.

“Whatcha doing Dipper?” Mac asked, sniffing at the fence where she was digging.

“I think I found a hole!” gruffed Dipper proudly.

“ A hole?” questioned Mac.

“Yes a 'hole'”, Dipper replied enthusiastically.

“What's a hole?” asked Mac.

“Er – well a hole is something that's not there” replied Dipper.

Mac thought about this carefully.

What's the use of having a name for something thats not there, he thought to himself.

He paused, not wanting to seem stupid, then looked at Dipper studiously, and decided to ask anyway.

“What's the big thing about something that isn't there?” he asked.

“Well,” said Dipper, “when something isn't there there is nothing to stop us going through.”

“Going through?” said Mac, “why, well, what is the point in going through?”

Dipper looked dreamily into the distance, and paused a while before answering.

She thought so long that Mac had almost forgotten what they were talking about, and had begun to wonder where the Cat was....

“If we go through we can see what is on The Other Side!” Dipper finally answered triumphantly.

Mac, interrupted from his thoughts about the Cat, wondered what the big deal was.

Who cares whats on the other side, he thought, I've got all this nice stuff here. I don't want to go onto the other side? Why would I want to go to the other side?

Dipper was young and inquisitive, and since she had found the hole she just couldn't keep her mind off finding out what was on....

The Other Side.

“Yep – there's definitely a HOLE here,” Dipper said “and if we go through, we'll be on The Other Side – “.

Dipper was fascinated, she couldn't go to the other side without one of the people with her, and then only where and when they wanted her to go. Now there was a chance!

What was the rest like? Why couldn't she go there, alone? What interesting things were out on the other side? She wondered excitedly.

Mac didn't like the look of the hole.

He had a feeling The Outside was dangerous, and didn't want to go somewhere dangerous.

He had a bad feeling about it, after all if it wasn't dangerous, why wouldn't he be allowed to go there, he thought.

Mr and Mrs Smith looked after him and if they didn't want him outside there must be a good reason for it.

Dipper was too young to reason so well, all she saw was the OUTSIDE was OUT THERE to be explored and she wanted to go there!

“Mac – I think I can get through here!” She said.

- “Uh, I really don't think you should do that, Dipper” Mac woofed back.

“Why not?

Don 't be silly Mac, you're scared of everything”

“I am not! I just think there is a good reason why we can't go there.”

“Yeah – well what's the reason?”

“Uh, I dunno, but I uh...”

“Common, lets go!”

Before Mac could stop her, she was through the fence and on the OTHER SIDE.....

The OUTSIDE.

Mac didn't want to follow her, but suddenly, something happened that made him rethink.

A small black and white object darted across the road and disappeared behind some bushes.

The two dogs looked at each other, and back across the road, then at each other again.

Then they both said together: - “THE CAT!”.

Dipper already started running, while Mac began squeezing himself through the Dipper size hole.

It took a bit of struggling, but before long he was through and bounding across the road to see where the cat was.

Dipper was already there rummaging around the bushes when he arrived.

- “Where's the Cat, Dipper? Where is she?”

He snuffed out of breath from the squeeze through the hole and the following chase.

“She must be here somewhere, I know it!” Said Dipper, still furiously sniffing around.

Mac began sniffing too, but after a few minutes...they slowly stopped sniffing and looked around, then back at each other again.

“She disappeared” said Dipper.

“ Yeah- “ replied Mac, “She's gone”.

Mac was about to say, “Let's go back, this is not right”, when Dipper interrupted his thoughts,

“Look – over there, it's a small brown furry thing. What is it? Where's it going??”

She didn't wait for Mac to reply but started running after the little creature.

- “Er – it's a 'SQUIRREL' Dipper!”

He again forgot why he wasn't supposed to be out there and started running behind her, after all squirrels weren't to be left alone - if you had a chance to catch them!

They darted and dived through the bushes, chasing the squirrel.

Every time they got close the squirrel darted off again, but never far enough that they lost sight of his bushy tail.

The chase went on for some time,

Until,

Finally...

Just when they thought they had the squirrel cornered...

He disappeared into hole, and, just like the cat – he was GONE.

Frumph...Mac sank down on his paws.

Frumph ...Dipper followed.

- “Mac -” she called, “it's not too bad,”

- “Whys that, What do you mean it's not too bad???”

- “Well, we are on the OUTSIDE now, we can explore and see what everything on the OUTSIDE is!”

- “But...” Mac tried to protest, He kept thinking there was something wrong with the situation, but he couldn't put his paw on it.

Dipper started sniffing around and checking this way and that. There was so many new smells to sniff, and she wanted to check out all of them.

Each time she found a new smell it was a bit further away. Mac reluctantly looked on.

Each time she called back to him, he followed just close enough to keep an eye on her, always staying just within woofing distance.

- “Mac – check over here, it smells like there was some other dogs here...."

- “Mac – this smells like sweet flowers...”

- “Mac, there was some other animals here – maybe it's another squirrel...”

Mac, still followed, not wanting her to get in trouble, but also not wanting to miss out on the action.

Not quite brave enough to look himself, and not quite bold or scared enough to try to stop her, but too much of a friend to leave her alone and go back home.

Mac, might have been stuck in this dilemma for ever, had not something else happened.

They came out of the bushes into a clearing, and Mac suddenly saw the sun.

“Dipper – it's going to be dark soon! We can't be out here on our own in the dark.”

“Dark – it's not getting dark?”

- “Look at the sun!”

Dipper looked up, and suddenly, she saw that he was right.

“Okay, I guess we could come back, some other time.”

She was completely absorbed in the excitement and was still worried they might never see these things again, the sun had not yet brought her back to reality.

- “Lets go now Dipper!” Mac Growled, as he was now very worried about both their safety.

They started back to where they thought they had come from, quickly running through the bushes.

As they ran the light grew dimmer and dimmer.

As the light grew dimmer, they had to tread slower and slower to keep from tripping over branches and getting tangled on twigs.

Still it grew dimmer and dimmer, and then it grew darker, and Mac got more and more worried

He knew this wasn't a good idea to be out here.

“Er, Mac – It doesn't look so much like where we came”

“ER – NO, it doesn't,” Mac rolled his big droopy eyes.

What were they going to do?

He decided to try not to look too miserable yet, for Dipper's sake.

“It's okay, we'll find our way back, and be warm and comfortable on the INSIDE soon. Inside, in the dog house, with our blankets and food bowls before you can say....” Mac Trailed off.

- “Before you can say?” Dipper queried

- “Before you can say....” Mac still couldn't finish what he was trying to say.

Dipper started looking and sniffing, suddenly all the smells that looked so interesting, started becoming scary.

The sounds that sounded so interesting sounded haunted and spooky.

The night was getting colder and chillier, and she just missed her blanket, and her bowl and her....

Mac remembered the reason why they shouldn't go out. Because they might get lost!

Not only that – all those spooky sounds didn't just sound spooky, they WERE spooky.

Worst still they might get hurt.

He started treading more and more cautiously. “Stay close to me Dipper,” He also started thinking about home, and the warm blanket and his food.

There was another reason – the OUTSIDE didn't have ready made food and blankets around, and you couldn't come and go on the OUTSIDE, once you were here you might get stuck here.

Why couldn't he remember all these things before they left?

Better keep Dipper's spirits up, he thought, and turned his mind back to the task at hand.

He tried to finish the sentence again

- “We'll be home before you can say......

- ....Before you can say “There's the CAT!!!”

Dipper looked up suddenly.

Mac remembered the reason why they shouldn't go out.

Because they might get lost!

Not only that – all those spooky sounds didn't just sound spooky, they WERE spooky.

Worst still they might get hurt.

He started treading more and more cautiously. “Stay close to me Dipper,” He also started thinking about home, and the warm blanket and his food.

There was another reason – the OUTSIDE didn't have ready made food and blankets around, and you couldn't come and go on the OUTSIDE, once you were here you might get stuck here.

Why couldn't he remember all these things before they left?

Better keep Dipper's spirits up, he thought, and turned his mind back to the task at hand.

He tried to finish the sentence again

- “We'll be home before you can say......

- ....Before you can say “There's the CAT!!!”

Dipper looked up suddenly.

Mr Smith,...

They both got smacked, hard, on their bottoms by Mr Smith for the naughty escapade, to make them never forget why not to go out, and then were sent to bed without their supper.

But Mac and Dipper didn't care, they were just very glad to be back Home on the INSIDE. Safe and Warm.

The End

Copyright Danielle Bruckert 2008

Danielle lives in Namibia.

Danielle writes about her experience as a self published author at my other site, The Shared Self Publishing Experience.

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