Summer never made the best choices. Travel to her friend's house this late at night had brought nothing but weirdness. The town was quiet and ghostly. She could've entered an alternate universe, but she knew that hateful dog. He terrorized her in her sleep. Small and fast, the animal had both vicious teeth and attitude. She rubbed the scar on the back of her leg from a childhood dog attack (at lease she thought it had been a dog). Summer looked through her daughter's toy binoculars she had found in the bottom of her purse.
The tiny creature sat in the driver's seat of her recently abandoned SUV. The little hellion had chased her around the parking lot the minute she opened the door after coming back from her friend's unanswered apartment door. The dog had hopped back onto the leather seat once her feet were in the grass.
Elliot's car rounded the empty parking lot and stopped two car spaces away from her vehicle. He got out and she tensed. He walked around the red vehicle and looked inside. He looked right at her and shrugged. His coming to her rescue was nice but irritating. She should've been able to rescue herself, especially, from a Chihuahua.
Summer stood and knocked loose grass from her knees. She took a wide path around her car toward Elliot. He leaned against the door, crossed his arms and tapped his foot. The blush flared hot in Summer's cheeks at the annoyance plastered on Elliot's face.
"Why did you really call me? You miss me?" He wiggled his eyebrows.
Summer narrowed her eyes. Her ex-husband would think that. "No." She stood behind Elliot and peered in the SUV's tinted windows. "He's in there."
"There's nothing inside."
"He chased me all over the parking lot. Then guarded the damn door."
The smile on his face made her fingers itch to slap him. He said, "It's a Chihuahua? A little, itty bitty dog?"
Summer nodded. "Will you take me home?"
Elliot stalked over and yanked open all the doors and the hatch. Summer waited for the small bundle of fun to leap out and get her. Nothing happened. She wanted to sink into the ground from embarrassment.
Elliot grasped her chin. "I'll take you home. We'll leave my car."
Summer followed the same path he had around the SUV. Nothing was inside. "I'm not crazy."
She crawled into the passenger seat. When she looked at Elliot, his eyes flashed black for a second and she reared back against the seat. The little Chihuahua, with the same black eyes, jumped to the console between them.
"Good boy," Elliot said. He looked at Summer and locked the doors. "Sorry for the scare. It was the only way I could get you alone. I'm taking you to my world now."
The Chihuahua looked like an evil creature shoved into a dog's body. It yipped. The extra sharp teeth flashed as it opened its mouth in a yawn.
"Don't worry he won't bite, but I might." Elliot smiled and had the same teeth. Yes. It had definitely been a bad decision to come here.