Chapter 31- An অ্যাঞ্জেল in Paradise
The whole group looked down from the cliff. They could still see the ripples of water where Buster fell. Nearby, Cruella’s car lay in shambles.
“Well,” Lady whispered, sighing, “We’re safe.”
“You’re right,” Perdita gasped. “I can’t believe it…”
“Hey, আপনি guys, come with us,” Danielle shouted to the Dalmatians. “Robert and Anita are at my home…”
“Roger, dear,” Perdita corrected her.
“Roger then,” Danielle continued. “Or at least Rolly is, with the rest of the puppies. With Aunt Sarah and those kitty cats...” Danielle made a face of disgust.
“If they bother আপনি again, I’ll chase those cats,” Scamp volunteered to Danielle and Lady, who both happily laughed, as they passed a set of railroad tracks.
“Why are they at your home?” Pongo asked.
“To look for everyone,” Danielle explained. “They’ve met up with Jim Dear and Darling to look for us.”
“Come on, let’s not keep them waiting anymore! Let’s go home,” Tramp suggested. As the group hurried down the path, Peg abruptly stopped, then turned.
“What’s wrong?” অ্যাঞ্জেল asked Peg.
“I just saw somethin’,” Peg explained. Her voice turned unsure, and a bit higher than usual. “Sweetie… I…I have to go.”
And then, Peg tore off back toward the railroad tracks. She could make out a silhouette slowly moving to them in the distance. “Where are আপনি going?” Lady asked.
But Peg didn’t answer. She kept on running down until she arrived at the railroad tracks. And there, was a black dog with a severe limp. He tried walking toward Peg himself, stumbled, but quickly stood back up again.
Peg and the black dog stopped. They stared at each other for a few moments. Then, she approached him apprehensively, taking a step forward.
"Could আপনি be..." Peg muttered softly.
“You can’t be…” the black dog told Peg. “Can you?”
Upon hearing his voice, Peg gasped. She then walked up to him and asked, “Spunky? You… you’re alive?”
“Yeah,” Spunky told Peg, smiling at her proudly, and then scratching himself, he revealed a little bit of কমলা পশম under the black. “I can’t believe it… আপনি survived the pound?”
“Sure did,” Peg answered, and then she fluffed the hair out of her eyes. “I escaped myself. I don’t understand though… how? Buster ব্যক্ত আপনি were dead.”
“It’s a long story,” Spunky told Peg.
“I thought I saw আপনি a few times,” Peg told Spunky breathlessly, “I went out to look for আপনি when I first thought I saw you… I thought I was just imagining things. But…I wasn’t…”
“I was following আপনি guys,” Spunky answered. “Or trying to, it’s hard to keep up. Buster was nearly right. He did severely wound me.”
“But to think… that you’re actually still alive! I… I… can’t believe it! Our অ্যাঞ্জেল is going to be…” Peg excitedly began, but then she paused.
They were interrupted as অ্যাঞ্জেল came running over toward them. She then slowed as she arrived. Staring at Spunky, then Peg, she asked, “Mama… who’s he?”
Peg smiled. “Your father isn’t dead after all,” she told অ্যাঞ্জেল gently.
And then Peg told Spunky, “And this is our little angel.”
Spunky looked even আরো delighted. “Hey sweetheart,” Spunky told Angel, caressing her gently.
“Daddy… you… you’re alive!” অ্যাঞ্জেল gasped in delight. “But… Buster ব্যক্ত he killed you!” অ্যাঞ্জেল exclaimed. “And..."
“Spunky! You’re… you’re here!” Tramp exclaimed, joining them.
Spunky gasped. “Hey Tramp,” he greeted him. “Long time, no see! But why are আপনি here?”
“I’m Angel’s adopted dad,” he explained.
Spunky smiled. “And I’m sure you’ve taken great care of her.”
“I’m just so happy that you’re alive!” অ্যাঞ্জেল exclaimed cheerfully, chasing her tail and biting it in celebration.
“Who’s alive?” Scamp asked curiously. The rest of the group approached.
অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled broadly. “My dad!” she exclaimed excitedly. Then she told Spunky, "He's my boyfriend, Scamp."
Lady, Pongo, and Perdita gasped.
“You mean…he’s your dad?” Patch asked.
অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled brightly and nodded. “How did আপনি escape Buster?”she asked excitedly.
“Yeah, tell us!” Patch asked eagerly.
“Well, I fooled him!” Spunky explained as the group began to walk home. “Buster thought he got me. I pretended to be dead as Buster attacked my back. It really hurt! He attacked me with incredible ferocity. But I played cool and didn’t move. He then thought I was dead. I heard him laugh in triumph. He left me to rot in that haunted junkyard place. But he failed! Then I হারিয়ে গেছে consciousness. When I woke up, I felt pain all over. I struggled to move. But I managed to crawl to a barrel of soot, which I covered myself up in for a disguise.”
“So আপনি were the one in that soot!” Patch exclaimed. “We saw some furs in there.”
“Yeah, that was me,” Spunky told him. “Anyway, I had to leave the junkyard in case Buster went there again. I couldn’t really fight him due to my injuries, after all I could barely stand up. So I went into the hiding in the nearby forest. That’s where I lived ever since. I only left there to go back in that junkyard to cover myself in soot again… that was, until আপনি came along. I thought I saw Peg. But I couldn’t be sure. I was sure she was dead. When we escaped, the dogcatchers got her. I heard a clanging sound when I realized she was gone. I thought they…they…”
Peg smiled, “Oh! It was only the new dogcatcher crashing his wagon. He made a stir that day,” she told him. “But you’re right… it did sound like…you know.”
Spunky continued, “So I thought she was dead all this time. I resigned myself to it. But the chance of seeing her again gave me the strength to follow আপনি guys home. It was the first time I went far away from that forest since Buster's attack. And then, during that fight with Buster on the cliff, I saw her up close. I walked out to get closer. Buster saw me though on that cliff. He was furious! That’s why he fell over, see? He was so shocked that he failed that he actually হারিয়ে গেছে his balance.”
“Wow,” অ্যাঞ্জেল told him, amazed.
“And I thought I saw him quite a few times,” Peg told them. “That’s why I seemed out of it, আপনি know? I thought I was seeing him. And I was… I just… had to be sure.”
Angel smiled, feeling আরো elated than ever before. “And to think… I didn’t realize আপনি two were alive!” she exclaimed cheerily.
The group then stopped at the junkyard. “We need to get our collars back,” Scamp told the others, and অ্যাঞ্জেল nodded. They walked through the barrel, found their collars on its side and put their collars back on their necks.
And then, after crossing a few আরো streets, they found Park Avenue.
“This is where আপনি live?” Spunky asked Angel.
“Yeah,” অ্যাঞ্জেল answered.
“It looks on the pricy side,” Spunky muttered.
“Oh…I can’t believe this,” Lady exclaimed. “We’re প্রথমপাতা at last!”
They arrived প্রথমপাতা just when the moon began to shine. Out on the porch steps were Jim Dear and Darling, along with Roger and Anita. They were accompanied দ্বারা Aunt Sarah, rocking on the rocking chair and looking far আরো relaxed than anyone else, as well as Rolly, continuing to eat, Freckles who was sitting nervously, and a sobbing Annette and Collette. Jock and Trusty were standing with them too, trying to reassure Annette and Collette.
“We’ve been so mean…” Annette told Collette.
“I miss them!” Collette added. “Mom and Dad, and Danielle… I even miss Scamp and Angel!”
“Hi sisters,” Scamp yelled cheerfully. “We’re back!”
Annette and Collette gasped and looked at each other. “Yay!” Annette squealed.
Then all of a sudden, Anita exclaimed, “Roger, what on Earth?”
Roger looked up. And then, he grinned. “Hey, it looks like…”
“They’re all here!” Jim Dear declared.
The families reunited at the front path to Lady’s house. “Oh, how nice to see আপনি all again,” Darling told them. “We have been so lucky.”
“I can’t believe this…they’re really here!” Roger announced.
Lady happily bustled to Jock and Trusty. “Ah, Lassie! Good to see that you're back!” Jock exclaimed.
“I see that আপনি found your little ones just fine,” Trusty stated.
“Yes,” Lady happily stated. “They helped me find out how to be a better mother… and I also found out that I had the best husband that I could possibly find.”
“Oh, that’s very sweet, Miss Lady,” Trusty stated.
They then turned to Danielle. “We’re sorry for yelling at you, Lassie,” Jock told Danielle.
“We were just nervous about Miss Lady and everyone else,” Trusty told Danielle.
“Aw, that’s all right,” Danielle smiled to them.
Standing slightly isolated from everyone else, Scamp, Angel, and Patch were standing alone, looking at each other.
“We’re going to miss you,” Scamp told Patch.
“I know,” Patch sighed. “It’s really been good to meet you…there’s no one like আপনি at home.”
But then, Danielle bounded up to them and asked, “Why are আপনি three not partying?”
Scamp, Angel, and Patch looked at Danielle incredulously. “Well… we’re never going to see him again,” Scamp told Danielle.
“Why not?” Danielle asked.
“Because they live in London,” অ্যাঞ্জেল explained. “That’s across the sea.”
“But don’t আপনি know about Darling and Anita?” Danielle asked in surprise.
“What about them?” Patch asked.
“Anita’s Darling’s long-lost little sister,” Danielle told Patch. “They found out after looking for all of আপনি together. I overheard them.”
“What?” Scamp asked, surprised.
“And আপনি didn’t tell us?” অ্যাঞ্জেল asked.
“Oh, yeah. I forgot,” Danielle smiled guiltily. “And they bought the house.”
“House?” Lady asked, who also joined in.
“That house across the রাস্তা for sale,” Danielle explained. “Robert and Anita bought it for a home.”
“Really?” Patch asked. Then, he bounded up to Rolly and Freckles. “Did Roger buy that house?”
“Yeah,” Rolly yawned, eating another biscuit. “Why do আপনি ask?”
“Danielle told me so,” Patch explained.
“Anita says she’d take us here regularly to see her sister,” Rolly told them.
“Oh, but we’re going away ourselves!” Annette declared.
“What do আপনি mean?” Scamp asked, who joined in.
“We’re going on a cruise… oh, isn’t that so romantic?” Collette sighed dreamily.
“Why?” Scamp asked curiously.
“To see Rolly and Freckles and their family, of course!” Collette announced.
Scamp, Angel, and Patch smiled at each other. “Wahoo!” Scamp cheered. The three কুকুরছানা were delighted not to be separated.
“We’ll see আপনি soon,” Roger told Jim Dear, and he, Anita, and the Dalmatians walked across the রাস্তা to their house.
"Bye Scamp, Angel," waved Patch.
Scamp and অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled back at Patch before turning to face their family.
“All right everyone, let’s go in,” Jim Dear announced.
Nearly everyone walked inside. But অ্যাঞ্জেল and Danielle stayed put. They stared at the steps. Puffball was still standing there, uncertainly looking at their home.
“Come in, Puffball!” Danielle told him. “You’re my boyfriend.”
“But… no family would ever take me in,” Puffball told Danielle sadly.
“Don’t worry. You’re my boyfriend. You’re the family,” she explained.
“Well, I would প্রণয় a family!” Puffball gasped. “But… do আপনি think…”
“Of course they will!” Danielle shouted cheerily. “They took her in… why not you?”
And this gave অ্যাঞ্জেল a sudden idea. She hurried over to Puffball, and gasped, “Where are my Mom and Dad?”
“They went down the রাস্তা to the left,” Puffball explained.
Angel didn’t wait for a reply. She rushed down the left street, passing houses and sidewalks, until at last, she noticed Peg and Spunky walking away.
“I’m glad we helped her out, aren’t you?” Peg told Spunky.
“Yeah,” Spunky agreed. “Now let’s go find somewhere to live together.”
“Hi Mom, Dad,” অ্যাঞ্জেল walked up to them.
Peg turned. “Hiya sweetie… I প্রণয় seeing you. But… please, go back to your প্রথমপাতা where আপনি belong.”
“Look,” অ্যাঞ্জেল told Peg. “You two are my parents. I haven’t seen আপনি all my life. Why don't আপনি come প্রথমপাতা with me?" she asked.
“I don’t know… we’ve never thought about living in this kind of place,” Spunky told Angel, looking at the houses on either side of him.
“Yeah,” Peg whispered. “We were going to go off and live… somewhere. We didn’t expect… and Lady and Tramp are already living there… we’d only disturb them. And sweetie, this is your house, not mine,” Peg told Angel.
“You’re my parents,” অ্যাঞ্জেল told them firmly. “If it’s my house, it’s your house too.”
“We’ll do fine,” Spunky told Angel. “Don’t worry about us.”
“I know how আপনি two feel,” অ্যাঞ্জেল explained wisely. “I was in your place not that far back. I thought no one would ever take me. But they took me in. And it’s not that bad there. Just think who I have as an adopted dad!”
“You’re right,” Spunky muttered. Peg nodded slowly in agreement.
“You mean… you’re coming!” অ্যাঞ্জেল gasped happily.
“If they’d let us,” Peg answered.
অ্যাঞ্জেল then excitedly rushed back to her house, Peg and Spunky struggled to keep up. Danielle was প্রদর্শিত হচ্ছে Puffball up the steps.
“Maybe they will take me!” Puffball exclaimed as he and Danielle walked up.
Then, Danielle and অ্যাঞ্জেল barked loudly. The other সারমেয় and puppies, seeing the cue, followed them out.
“What’s this?” Jim Dear asked as he returned with Darling carrying Junior.
“Oh, they’re so sweet,” Darling commented, looking at অ্যাঞ্জেল as she stood affectionately দ্বারা her parents. “They must be family.”
“Maybe we should let অ্যাঞ্জেল go,” Jim Dear suggested. He was greeted with a response of disappointment. অ্যাঞ্জেল then ran up the steps, touched her collar, and then ran back to her parents.
“Jim Dear… I think Angel’s telling us she wants her parents to live with us,” Darling explained.
“Oh no Darling,” Jim Dear explained.
Then, Danielle barked loudly.
“Oh look, Danielle found herself a boyfriend,” Darling told Jim Dear happily as Puffball walked up, giving কুকুরছানা eyes to Jim Dear and Darling and bustling cheerfully about.
“No, no Darling. First we had Lady. Then we got Tramp. Then we got four puppies… then five. Now we have, what, ten dogs? We can’t! We’ll have the most সারমেয় of anyone in…”
“Not anymore,” Darling smiled. “My sister has ten times that number, remember? Let's think of names... how about Peg, Spunky, and Puffball?”
"How did she know?" Peg asked. অ্যাঞ্জেল smiled.
“But…” Jim Dear protested, but he resigned. “Oh well. Welcome to the family!” he announced.
Jim Dear held the door open, and everyone entered. Jim Dear then hurriedly gave Peg, Spunky, and Puffball collars. He immediately set up bathwater. Puffball enthusiastically gasped, “I can’t believe it! Bath time! Wahoo!” Scamp begrudgingly smiled, looking bemusedly at his adopted housemate.
“You’re with us now!” অ্যাঞ্জেল told Peg happily.
“I… আপনি were right, Angel,” Peg told her, smiling. “It’s wonderful here... it’s great to be with আপনি and your daddy, and the rest of your loving family!”
“Come on আপনি two,” Jim Dear told Peg and Spunky. “What’s this?” Jim Dear told Spunky. “You’re covered with soot! আপনি should have a bath… you’re black as dirt.”
“What’s this for?” Spunky asked confusedly as he got soaped down.
“I wonder myself,” Scamp told him, smiling.
“Oh well,” Spunky smiled, getting out of the tub and shaking himself off, fully revealing his কমলা fur. Looking at his clean coat, he smiled. “I guess I needed that.”
“And আপনি should have a haircut,” Darling told Peg as she got out her scissors. “You can’t see like this.”
“This is going to take some adjusting to,” Peg grinned as her long bangs fell onto the counter top, and everyone laughed.