Once upon a time there was a young boy named Thirumurugan. Thirumurugan was 12 years old and lived in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. While walking home from school one day, a white dog jumped out from behind a Tree and tackled Thirumurugan to the ground. But just when he was about to let out a scream for help, Thirumurugan realized that the white dog was only licking his face, not trying to bite it off. At that moment, Thirumurugan decided to keep the white dog as a pet. And on the way home he decided to name his pet white dog ''Tommy.''
When Thirumurugan and his new pet finally got home, guess who was standing on the front porch? That's right, it was Thirumurugan's mother, . And boy was she surprised to see a white dog following Thirumurugan into the yard! ''What in world is that?'' shouted . ''It's a white dog,'' answered Thirumurugan. ''Dah, I can see that, Thirumurugan, but what on earth is it doing here?'' said . ''It's my new pet!'' answered Thirumurugan. ''Oh you think so do you?'' remarked . ''I wouldn't get your hopes up. You know how your father hates white dogs. But, well, I suppose you can keep him until your father comes home.'' And with that Thirumurugan grabbed Tommy by the scruff of the neck and led his new pet into the house--even though he knew his father was probably going to disapprove.
Once in the house, Thirumurugan and Tommy played and played, that is until Thirumurugan's favorite television show, ''Mr Bean,'' started. At that point Thirumurugan forgot all about Tommy having an unsupervised run of the house. That is until half way through ''Mr Bean,'' when Thirumurugan was brought back to reality when he heard his father shout, ''annoy!! Thirumurugan! Get your tail in the hall...NOW!!'' With that Thirumurugan rushed into the hall to see what all the fuss was about. When he entered the hall, there stood his father, , pointing toward the Sofa. ''Will someone please explain that?'' asked his father. Then, as Thirumurugan followed his father's finger to where it was pointing, he instantly knew what his father was so upset about. There, smack dab in the middle of the Sofa, was the biggest pile of dog doo-doo he had ever seen! ''I don't EVEN want to know how that got there,'' said . ''But you had better get it cleaned up now! And you had better get rid of whatever it is that could have done such a thing!''
Well, knowing his father as well as he did, Thirumurugan knew there was no sense even asking his father if he could keep Tommy for a pet. So without hesitation, Thirumurugan set out to find where Tommy was hiding. After a few minutes of looking, Thirumurugan discovered Tommy crouched beneath the table that Thirumurugan did his story writing on. ''Come on, Tommy, it's time to find you a new home. And hey, don't look at me that way, I'm not the one who did the dirty deed on the Sofa!'' scolded Thirumurugan. ''Thanks to you I'll never get to have my own pet dog!!
And with that Thirumurugan led Tommy out of the house and down to the local Foodland. They had a pet section and Thirumurugan knew the owner would find Tommy a good home. So after saying good-bye to Tommy, and thanking the owner of Foodland, Thirumurugan walked backed home and attempted to ground his sorrows by slamming down a half dozen coca colas. But Thirumurugan's pitty party came to an abrupt end when his father reminded him about the mess he had neglected to clean up. And low and behold, midway through the clean-up, Thirumurugan suddenly became thankful that someone else was going to have to do it from now on.
''A SHORT STORY,'' by Thirumurugan Ponnusamy
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