IMMORTAL DOG PART II by Eric Hernandez

                Death is a must for every living creature. Like the wise sage Axel Rose once proclaimed ‘nothing lasts forever’. The lead singer of Guns N’ Roses accurately predicted the end of a cold November Rain so he’s definitely wise beyond his blank lifeless stare. Reassurance comes with impending death. Age is one of many factors for the end of the life. Old people worry about death. Young people go on totally oblivious to any sort of worry. Living the ‘What me worry ‘lifestyle bodes poorly for youth but youth doesn’t have the experience to realize they could have it so much better. 

When a young person asks for directions they do not mind getting lost. Time is on their side. Not much is going to happen for them. With youth time is a thing to be killed. By aging time becomes something to cherish. Lives go on with people having to meet the expectations of their younger selves. Poor age allows for little rest. Few ever get the chance to completely retire. Many simply slow things down. Long walks gain more meaning. Celebrities realize what their lives meant to their fans. Glamour fades with passing years. Yet the joy of having a simple life is exactly why some celebrities let themselves hide away. Dreams differ for every person and fame is not for everyone. 

                The passage of time leads to better, deeper dreams. Early in life goals are abstractions. Dreams tend to be relatively unrealistic. Becoming President, being rich and famous, these are vaguely formed goals. Of course the dreams gain in depth. For with age comes depth. Sometimes this varies. Not everyone can be equally deep. Specializations are formed. An expert in absolutely everything does not exist. A few people hope to do something more with their lives. Many simply hope to scrape by living simple lives with few wants. Getting life simplified is a difficult process and not everyone can do it. Jumping into deep waters and swimming is enough for some. Plenty more choose never to jump in, watching for the side, barbequing and laughing at the fools who rush in. 

                Rushing into things is a bad decision. Everything requires great amounts of time. Perfect relationships start out unexceptional. With the proper investment of time things blossom into wonderful things. Friendships get better with time. Love improves with time. Connections, bonds, these take time to make in both the nature world and the emotional world. Nothing happens in an instant. Even the instant decision, the instinct, comes after years of experience and generations of evolution.

Immortal Dog by Eric Hernandez

                Immortal Dog’ is the beginning. This is the beginning of the story. Eric hasn’t written the ending. With this beginning things appear to be a bit dark. Harsh things happen in real life all the time. People differentiate each thing depending on the bleakness it lets out. Unfortunately Eric’s characters seem to witness the crushing sadness that life can be sometimes. Often the sadness can lead to depression which can lead to inaction. And inaction is the worst. To make life better one has to sacrifice their time or emotions. Sometimes that doesn’t end up well. Without trying though it is impossible to improve. Hence there’s always this balance between happiness and sadness. Numbness is not a healthy emotion. It can be for a temporary time but not forever. 

                Sun wraps itself around a person. This is called being ‘sun-hugged’. Sun kisses are common things. One day hair is overwhelmingly dark. After summer hair lightens up, starts looking good along with the person. This is an important part of the seasons. Experiencing each one can change a life. People out there dedicate themselves to fun in the sun. Lifeguards during the summer they vegetate during the winter months, hiding and waiting for the next great big bright season. 

                 A dog offers the protagonist some hope. With little clicks he tries to woo it to come towards him. The dog has lost a leg. The dog needs a friend. Unfortunately the dog does not make a new friend. Eric takes a really dark turn with this section. Connection can be really hard. Poor dog in the story shows how painful such a connection can be. Is it even worth it to reach out to new people? After the traumatic event the protagonist goes to a restaurant. 

                Some band is playing at the restaurant. Apparently they are good or something. One of them spits on the ground indicating ‘attitude’. Here a lot of emotion is described. There’s a crescendo. Things are happening. For the protagonist though things are blank. The protagonist waits for a coke. The protagonist drinks the coke. Later on the protagonist waits in a gas station like he works there. He tries to stay awake. Before he falls asleep he thinks of dolphins with penises for mouths. Good thing to dream about the protagonist doesn’t think. Poor protagonist wants to dream of something besides dolphin dicks. 

                By the end there’s the protagonist’s grandmother. She’s extremely happy. While they hug the protagonist feels true joy. This is the first real connection in the whole story. Family brings people together. Obviously this is what the protagonist wanted throughout the otherwise blank expanse of time.