"Yeah," Alfred mumbled as Hunnigan commented on how long it had been since Alfred had spent more than a day without Alexia being around.
Listening to Ingrid intently as she talked about her family life, Alfred turned in his seat and checked on Skadi. She was awake, but still lying down, head turned towards her human.
"Sure, no problem. Skadi doesn’t seem like a handful and no doubt A will have gotten used to Lexie." Alfred glanced at the clock. He thought the old saying seemed right, time certainly flew when you were having fun.
"Do you travel abroad often then? I mean on holiday as opposed to work." Alfred asked.
A loud scoff.
Quick to apologize, he was asking a simple and valid question.
”Yes— well I try to.
I’ve often had to reschedule holidays due to work.
There has been more than one Christmas celebrated sometime around
the second to third week of January.”
Her phone beeped, almost as if it had heard her talking. A text alert sounded. Checking the mirrors, she pulled off the freeway at the next off-ramp, circling back around under the freeway and pulling into a small restaurant/gas stop.
Phone went off again. Ingrid put the car in park and cut the engine. It had been about three hours since their last stop and Skadi would need to relieve herself soon. Motion back to the dog, she picked her phone up.
”Can you clip her leash onto her collar, please.
We are too close to the freeway to let her roam free like last time.
My mom wants me to call her quickly.
Just take her out to the field over there, she is usually quick to do her business.” Lifting her phone to her ear, she heard the phone buzz once, then her mother come on, starting in with a line of questions.
”Yes mother, we are fine.
I told you it was going to take a few hours… well it is Friday.
Everyone is on the road today…. I understand… yes….
Don’t worry about us.
We ate before we left.
Yes Alfred is with me… I don’t know, Mom.
He isn’t a picky eater.
I’m sure whatever you make is fine.”
She gave him a wave to go on without her.
Alfred nodded as Hunnigan turned off the freeway. Hunnigan’s line of work probably didn’t leave much room for a social life. As they pulled up and Ingrid picked up her phone, Alfred picked up Skadi’s leash.
"Sure. No problem." Alfred said before Ingrid held the phone to her head. Turning around in his seat, Alfred clipped the leash to the top of Skadi’s collar then placed its handle within reach of the back car door. Getting out of the car, Alfred opened the back door for Skadi and waited for her to climb down off the seat. It didn’t take long, Skadi walked ahead of Alfred, not too fast to the point of pulling him along by the leash but not so slowly that he would walk into her.
Walking into the middle of the field, Alfred watched as Skadi started to circle around before lifting her leg.
"It’s okay, I won’t look." He joked, turning away and watching the cars flying up the overpass onto the freeway. Holding his left hand in his back pocket, the right hand holding the leash, Alfred watched the sun reflecting on the car windscreens as it started to set. It looked beautiful.
Feeling a few tugs on the end of the leash, Alfred looked down. Skadi had done her business and was ready to go. She was stood facing the car with her head craned around to look at him, as if ti say, ‘Are you coming?’.
"Guess I zoned out there huh." Alfred remarked as he started to walk her back to the car. Closing the gate behind him, he could see Hunnigan as could Skadi. As soon as he was finished Skadi started walking to her owner, a lot quicker than she had walked into the field.
"You were right, she was no trouble at all." Alfred said as he opened the back door and Skadi climbed back up on the seat.