That night, Tall meme and Angel Bean looked as if they were going somewhere. Smol meme looked up at Tall meme with sad eyes.
"Don't be that way, Smol meme. We're only going to a party. We'll be back before you know it!" Said Tall meme, patting Smol meme's head.
"Ready to go, Tall meme?" Asked Angel Bean. Tall meme nodded and grabbed his coat. They headed out the door.
Smol meme sat alone at home for a few hours. He already missed Tall meme and Angel Bean. Smol meme ate a little food, and then snuggled into Tall meme's pillow, waiting for him to come back.
Smol meme woke from being picked up.
"Sorry Smol meme. Tall meme's ----, I'm trying to get him to bed."
Angel Bean moved Smol meme off of the bed, setting him down on the floor. He watched Angel Bean bring his owner, staggering, into the room.
"Aha there's *hic* Smol Bean-- wait, Smol meme? Smol Bean? What's it matter, haha. Angel meme, Smol Bean."
Angel Bean set Tall meme down and tucked him in.
"Get some sleep, alright?" He whispered. Smol meme could tell he was worried for his friend.
"Do you want to sleep in my room, tonight, Smol meme? I don't think you want to sleep with Tall meme." Angel Bean giggled as he picked up Smol meme. He brought Smol meme to his room, and Smol meme gazed at the mirror. The terrifying image of his own self gazed back at him. He tucked his tail as Angel Bean patted his head.
"It's okay, calm down." He said, soothingly stroking Smol meme's head and ears. Smol meme realized the reflection was merely himself, and he backed away.
That's when Tall meme burst into the room.
"Angel Bean," he said angrily.
"We need to talk."
"You're ----, Tall meme."
"I'm not ----."
Angel Bean got up from his bed and started talking to Tall meme in the same calm way that he had with Smol meme. Tall meme yelled at Angel Bean. Angel Bean yelled back. Smol meme cowered in the corner, wishing for it all to be silent. There was more yelling, and then Smol meme looked up. Tall meme was about to hit Angel Bean. Smol meme dashed over and bit Tall meme's shin, softly, just to distract him.
"Stupid mutt--" Tall meme yelled as he hit Smol meme. He ran away, whimpering.
"You can't just hit a dog, Tall meme!"
Smol meme cowered in the corner again. The hit hadn't been hard, but it was enough to scare him. The yelling eventually died down, and Angel Bean came back to his room.
"C'mere, boy. It's okay, it's alright," he said, scratching Smol meme's head and ears. He picked him up and hugged him to his chest.
"It's okay, it's alright," he muttered again, not to Smol meme this time. Smol meme felt a wet sensation on his back, and he turned to see Angel Bean's eyes dripping.
Tall meme's eyes had done that once. He was sad about something, so Smol meme just cuddled him and licked his arm. Tall meme felt a little better afterward.
Smol meme snuggled into Angel Bean's chest and attempted a feeble lick on his arm. Angel Bean hugged Smol meme a little tighter, and he laid down, still hugging Smol meme.
"Sorry this had to happen, Smol meme. You're probably so scared."
Angel Bean was right.
Smol meme was scared.
Tall meme woke up the next day feeling terrible. Smol meme didn't understand why, but Angel Bean attended to his friend, giving him some painkillers and some water. Tall meme stayed in bed for most of the day, and Smol meme finally got the courage to go to his room.
Smol meme used his nose to edge the door open, peering in. Tall meme was laying in bed, staring at the ceiling.
Smol meme trotted over to Tall meme's bedside and licked his hand.
"Smol meme," Tall meme called, and Smol meme jumped up onto his bed. Tall meme rubbed Smol meme's head.
"I'm so sorry."
The three words didn't make sense to the dog,
But sometimes humans and canines communicate by feelings.
Smol meme knew Tall meme was sorry.
And that is the day Smol meme began to feel ill.
Smol meme woke up with a terrible pain in his side, the last few weeks had been filled with a dull, throbbing sensation near his ribs, but he didn't care. He stretched and tried to walk it off, but the pain wouldn't subside. Smol meme ate breakfast and cuddled up next to Tall meme and Angel Bean to watch the color/sound box.
"What shall we do today?" Angel Bean asked, and Tall meme shrugged.
"We could walk Smol meme!" Angel Bean finally decided. Smol meme did not know what this meant, but the word "walk" made some sense to him.
He wagged his tail and borked.
"I guess that's a yes." Tall meme said, smiling at the dog.
Angel Bean slipped Smol meme's collar over his head and headed out of the flat with Tall meme.
"Today is a wonderful day, Tall meme!" He exclaimed looking up at the sun and sky as Smol meme stopped to do his business. The clouds made little shapes in the cool afternoon air, and Smol meme was glad it was this way.
They walked for a while, Smol meme growing fatigued--