Based On A True Story

© Pete Malicki

A young man named Pete was walking down the road in the middle of the day, heading home from school. He’d heard a low growl from his immediate right and a Rottweiler bounded over a low fence and headed straight for him. Pete was so scared he shot straight up the nearest tree.The dog stood below on its hind legs, barking viciously and clawing at the tree’s trunk. With adrenaline pumping, Pete started tearing off small branches and throwing them at the beast below. After a few wayward shots, one hit its target right in the skull.With a high-pitched whine the dog collapsed to the ground, dazed. Pete climbed nimbly out of the tree and – with many a glance back – continued on his way home. As he neared the last corner before his house, the Rottweiler scrambled to its feet and gave chase.When Pete looked back and saw the dog bolting towards him, he panicked and ran across the road. A car had to swerve to miss him.As it swerved, it hit the Rottweiler.

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Rob was sitting in his bedroom studying for an upcoming high school exam. He chewed thoughtfully on his pen and turned a page.‘Oh my god that was crazy!’ cried Pete as he burst through the door and almost caused his brother to impale himself in fright. ‘I was walking home, and this huge bloody Rottweiler jumped over the fence and started charging at me. I almost wet myself with fright.’‘Whoa, mate!’ Rob laughed. ‘Slow down there. Take some deep breaths.’ He did a quick impersonation of a yogi.‘Sorry,’ said Pete, dropping down a few gears. ‘This enormous dog chased me right up a tree! I reckon it was trying to bite my leg off. Anyway, I was so wired I started ripping branches off the tree and pegging ‘em at it. One hit it squarely in the head and I think it must have knocked it out for a few seconds.’‘Wow,’ said Rob.‘I climbed to the ground and continued home. And you’d never believe it; the bloody thing got up and started chasing me again! I bolted across the road – you know, near the corner – and almost got hit by a car. It swerved to avoid me, and it hit the frigging dog!’‘Are you serious?!’ Rob exclaimed. ‘What happened after that? Did you stop?’Pete swallowed. ‘Nah, I didn’t actually. I was still so freaked out I just ran all the way home. The car stopped but I went straight round the corner and I didn’t see what the guy did.’‘Geez, man. That’s crazy.’‘Yeah.’ Pete wiped his mouth, then turned to leave. ‘I’m gunna go have a shower. Calm myself down a bit.’‘Sure mate.’‘Cool.’And with that, Pete left the room and closed the door. Rob chewed thoughtfully on his pen for a few more moments, then shook his head and looked back down at his textbooks.

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‘Hey Ian, how are you?’Ian gestured dramatically at his approaching friend. ‘Yo, Rob! How you going this fine morning?’‘Not bad, mate,’ said Rob. ‘What’s with the enthusiasm?’‘Oh, well… I’m just an enthusiastic guy!’ said the long-haired teenager with a big grin.‘Yeah, righto. You study hard for the exam period three?’ asked Rob.They chatted about school things as they walked over to a bench and sat down on it, dumping their schoolbags irreverently on the concrete. It was fairly cold for a day in the middle of summer.‘Hey Ian, you know my little bro Pete?’Ian nodded. ‘Yeah.’‘Well, yesterday he burst into my room while I was studying. He started babbling about how this giant Rottweiler leapt over this fence and charged at him. Like the little pansy he is, Pete went straight up the nearest tree.’‘He actually told you that?’ asked Ian. ‘I thought he’d bend the truth a little and pretend he karate-chopped the dog and knocked it out.’Rob smiled. ‘Not quite, mate. He said that he was throwing branches off the tree at it. One hit it in the head and knocked it out. So he jumped out of the tree and started going back home, but the Rotty got up again and started chasing him again. He ran across the road, and a car swerved to miss him and actually hit the dog!’Ian threw his head back and laughed heartily. ‘That’s an absolute classic. Did the driver go nuts at him?’‘Wouldn’t know,’ said Rob with a twitch of the lips. ‘He did a runner.’‘The sneaky little bugger,’ cackled Ian. This one was going to keep him going all day.The morning bell rang and Rob stretched as he stood up. ‘You got a free period now, don’t you?’‘Yeah,’ said Ian. ‘I’ll see you later.’‘Sure.’Ian sat on the bench, chuckling to himself as Rob walked off to maths class.

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‘Congratulations again guys, I’ll see you all at training on Wednesday.’The Helm Under 18 Wasps farewelled their coach and headed off to the carpark. The most experienced player, Raj, was taking a drink when he felt a thump on his back.‘What the heck?’ he exclaimed as he spun around. ‘Thanks for that, mate. I had a mouthful of water.’‘Really?’ laughed Ian. ‘I hadn’t noticed.’‘Yeah, I’m sure.’ Raj cracked a smile. ‘So I guess you want a lift home, do you?’‘How did you know that, man?’‘Call it instinct. You gotta have instinct otherwise you’ll never score three goals in a match.’Ian shook his head mirthfully. ‘You’re so modest, Raj. It must be the reason you do so well all the time.’The banter continued as the two teenagers headed over to the old Toyota, which they threw their training kits into. As they climbed into the front seats, Ian remembered a great story he’d heard recently.‘Hey Raj, do you know my mate Rob?’ he asked.‘Rob?’ Raj asked as he put the car into reverse. ‘I think I met him once or twice. I don’t really know him.’‘Well anyway, it doesn’t really matter. He told me the funniest story the other day. His little brother was walking home when this huge Rottweiler jumped out and started chasing him.’Raj looked over his shoulder to check his blind spot. ‘Uh huh,’ he said vaguely.‘Anyway, so he grabbed a branch off a tree and threw it at the dog. It smacked it in the head and made it all like, semi-unconscious. So he kept on walking home, just trying to ignore it I suppose. But then it got up and started bolting after him; it must have been really unhappy at this point. So Rob’s little brother saw a four wheel drive coming his way, and decided to run out in front of it. The car swerved and hit the dog, just like the little bugger planned.’They turned a corner. ‘Yeah?’ Raj said, raising an eyebrow. ‘That’s self-preservation for you, I suppose. What’d he do next?’‘Just ran off. Guess he didn’t want to pay insurance for the car or something.’Raj sighed. ‘What a nice kid.’A few minutes later, Raj dropped Ian off and continued towards his own home.And the years went on by.

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‘…I got a better story than that,’ drawled the slightly-inebriated man. ‘My cousin was telling me about his friend. Like, he’s this little guy, and he was walking down the road, then somebody’s pet wolf busted down the fence and jumped on him. It like, had him in its mouth and was trying to rip his arm off. But he was well-trained in like, kung fu, so he did a sweep kick and knocked its legs out. Then it let him go and was all dazed and stuff, so he started running off. But the wolf got up and was like chasing him again, so he got really annoyed and started wrestling it. He picked the wolf up into the air, and chucked it under an oncoming truck. The truck tried to swerve to miss it and ended up rolling over and killing the kid.’The drunk’s friend sneered. ‘That’s such an urban myth, man.’‘Nah,’ he argued back. ‘It happened to my cousin’s friend. They went to his funeral last week…’…The argument went back and forth for the next fifteen minutes.But the story lived to tell another tale.

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Based On A True Story

PeteMalicki

Joined January 2009

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A story about a story deteriorating deeper and deeper into fiction.

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