I reached back for the K-98 bayonet I carried and pulled it from its metal sheath. It made that sound, sort of a metallic whisper, that I loved as it pulled free. I smiled hearing the sound. I thought to myself. When I looked up at the couple they didn't seem so friendly. Actually they looked nervous.
"You want me to cut them?" I asked.
"Sure." The woman answered.
"You want to call the kids over?" I asked her.
Again the look between them. She yelled "Kids! Come here."
They came running and Woof watched them come. His tail gave a tentative couple of wags, really twitches, which didn't past unnoticed by the couple. I sliced the melon into pieces and handed them to the Mom who handed them to the kids. They were well behaved. No pushing or elbows were thrown. The last one I cut for us. The woman took the heart, the best slice, and pulled it apart and gave that to the kids. She and the man split the heel and I had a heel for myself.
The kids liked it. They liked the melon a lot. So did I. If Thursday wasn't going to eat his I planned on it. I did offer a small piece to Woof who sniffed it and decided to pass. Instead of racing off they stood there and stared at me. I knew they were dying to ask me questions. I mentally bet on the oldest girl to go first. I was right.
"Is that a wolf?" She asked.
"No. It's a Woof." He looked over at me when he heard me say his name.
"Does he eat people?"
I thought to myself "Hmmm...how to answer?" So I told her "Yep. He doesn't eat kids though but stay away from those other dogs...okay."
She said "Okay." She didn't have a problem with his eating people. I wasn't surprised by that. "Can he play with us?" Her Mom sat up and her Dad opened his mouth. I cut them off. "Ask him. Not me."
Her Mom said "Maria..." She ignored her Mom. Instead she asked Woof "You wanna play?" Maria didn't wait for an answer. She took off running and the other two kids followed her. So did Woof. The man was getting to his feet. I told both of them "He's fine. They're safe with him." They both looked at me. I added "Really." We watched the kids charge him and watched as he danced away. I looked away. I had seen this movie before.