The Man with the Dog
Eden Maxwell
How far would you go to discover your purpose in life, your dharma? Would you let anything stop you? ... Show More
Adventure, Comedy, Contemporary Fic., Literary, Spiritual, Urban Fantasy
Walter Mitty, On the Road, Jack Kerouac, Odyssey, Ulysses, Carlos Castaneda, Oscar Wilde, out of body, near death experience, Hollywood, Tinseltown, Marlon Brando, Zen, Francis Crick, double helix, movie business, films, Mykonos, Greece, Los Angeles, San Francisco, art, artist, painting, dharma, mentor, waking dreams, lucid dreaming, Star Wars, George Lucas, time travel, LSD, Yorkshire Terriers, Harold Robbins, sex, ecstasy, migraine headache, Irish Coffee, Ireland, James Watson, apprentice, sorcerer, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tim Robbins, Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut,


“Sir, are you the man with the dog?” said the pretty airline representative. She resembled Sally Field when she had starred as the perky Flying Nun in the old TV series. We were standing near the lounge seats closest to the boarding gate. The plane was being cleaned and refueled.

   I’m wary when certain people call me, Sir.
   “My name is Axel,” I said.

   Her eagerness and thirst for knowledge about my canine status were not in my best interests.

   “Mister Axel,” she said.

   “No. Axel is my first name.”

   She held a printout of passenger names and scanned the list. “Mister Lent, Sir …”

   “Axel … call me Axel.” I remained calm.

   She forced a smile.

   It was four o’clock in the afternoon in Kansas City, my stopover from Los Angeles to Newark. A few people had plopped down their carry on bags and took seats in the waiting area. 

   “Yes, I am the man with the dog,” I admitted. I was dog-tired, but no accidental tourist.

   Harry, my five-pound Yorkshire Terrier, was asleep in the nylon tote on the seat in front of me. He was a good traveler born of urbane breeding.

   “Where is the dog, Sir?” she said, her pert self-turning curt. 

   Axel. Mister Lent. Axel Lent. Call me anything but Sir. It was hopeless.

   I had left the tote loosely cinched so Harry could breathe. As if on cue, Harry awoke, stuck his cute face up, small wet black nose sniffing, brown eyes darting, and sparkling through his blond and dark bangs in the bright lights of the terminal. He resembled a miniature and debonair Ewok, the bear-like creature from the film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

   The airline attendant stared at Harry in the flimsy nylon tote, then lifted her eyes. I was now the object of her suspicion. An odd grimace formed on her otherwise pleasant Flying Nun face.

   “Would you please wait here, Sir,” she said. “I have to call my supervisor.”

   “Yes,” I said, feeling more numb than calm. 

   As “Sally” rushed off, a beautiful fortyish blonde woman dressed in expensive clothing, possibly au couture, ran up to me. The woman kept checking her watch like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland who was late for a very important date. 

   “Is there a Starbucks in this god-forsaken airport?” said the high-strung blonde. 

   I shrugged, then looked around.

   “That could be one there.” I pointed to a Starbucks signature green-type awning in the distance.

   The fidgety lady blonde turned on her stiletto heels, which somehow didn’t snap off, and peered across the long row of shops and restaurants until she saw the awning. Before taking off into the din of the terminal, she took a breath of relief.

   “Thanks and what a cute doggie, and you’re not so bad, either.” 

   A caffeine rush sounded luxurious. I was beat. Starbucks beckoned. I was ready to follow the fashionable femme for a cappuccino, but the zealous airline gal was detaining me. I was the man with the dog. My airport drama had begun
Log in to add a comment or review for this chapter Chapter updated on: 11/29/2014 7:23:48 PM
  • TP Keating commented on :
    7/6/2016 6:11:13 PM
    Best wishes for the Summer Writing Project 2016.
    • Eden Maxwell Thank you TP Keating for your encouragement.
      7/6/2016 6:39:49 PM
  • TP Keating commented on :
    6/29/2016 6:13:52 PM
    A novella called "the Man with the Dog", which starts with the line, "Sir, are you the man with the dog?" - having read just that far, I knew I could sit back and enjoy ... Show More
    • Eden Maxwell Thank you TP Keating for your good words. I appreciate them.
      6/29/2016 7:33:25 PM
  • A Clark-McGlenn commented on :
    6/16/2016 7:29:07 PM
    The pacing is great. The voice is strong. I like ewoks too, I don't think they need an explanation though.
    • Eden Maxwell Thanks A Clark for your supporting comment.
      6/17/2016 5:10:50 PM
  • Sean Tierney commented on :
    11/29/2014 5:19:50 PM
    i love your style. nice flow, well written. right up my alley... but i think Ewoks were only in Return, not Empire ;)
    • Eden Maxwell Sean: Thanks for your uplifting comments, and for pointing out the Ewok error. Best of luck in your writing.
      11/29/2014 7:22:05 PM
    • ANN brown Hello good day, i will like to meet you in person, am miss Anna, am from France and am leaving in London, please contact me on my email id at (, for more information about me. because i have some important thing i will like to discuss with you privately. Hope to hear from you soon. Anna, thanks
      5/6/2016 12:40:52 AM
  • annah brown commented on :
    3/31/2016 4:59:45 PM
    Hello good day, i will like to meet you in person, am miss Anna, am from France and am leaving in London, please contact me on my email id at (, ... Show More
  • Gavin Logan commented on :
    10/5/2014 7:42:19 AM
    Voted! Short and sweet. I have a feeling Im going to really like Axel :) Hope you can check out my serial
  • a dabra commented on :
    8/12/2014 5:38:42 AM
    cool style
    • Eden Maxwell Thank you for seeing. I appreciate it.
      8/22/2014 9:08:23 PM
  • Cassidy Scanlon commented on :
    7/20/2014 6:24:05 PM
    I like your writing style. It's very distinct and interesting. I also like how you incorporate references and allusions. Great job; keep up the good work. :)
    • Eden Maxwell Thank you, Cassidy, for your thoughtful words. I appreciate them.
      7/20/2014 8:18:15 PM