She knew what effect she had on others. Her walk was mesmerizing enough to make them jump down a dry well without a second thought. She carefully placed one foot in front of the other, measuring her steps; spacing them calculatingly so that the sway of her hips would electrify the air with the slightest charge. They were already looking her way, gaping, drooling and panting; each trying to get a better look.
She enjoyed her looks to the fullest and loved being the center of attention. The world revolved round her, in fact it moved for her. She slowed down a bit to enjoy the sizzle she was creating. If only Maria wouldn’t walk so fast and drag her along. She still managed to lure them into following her. She could infect saints, persuading them for carnal sin. She fluttered her eye lashes a few times and suppressed a laugh when they sighed audibly.
And just when everything was going so perfectly well, a woman accidentally stepped on her tail.
“Woof! Woof! Grrrrrr…”
She jumped towards the woman-bitch who had ruined her evening walk in the park. Maria pulled the leash trying to move her away from the terrified woman.
She barked a couple of times more and growled in a low voice which trailed off as she saw the scandalous looks of the other dogs and bitches. She whimpered innocently, trying to justify her behavior. She, like Maria, was already having trouble merging with the élite dogs of the BigTown.
©2013. Habiba Danyal
1: to contaminate with a disease-producing substance or agent (as bacteria)
2a : to communicate a pathogen or a disease to
b : of a pathogenic organism : to invade (an individual or organ) usually by penetration
c : of a computer virus : to become transmitted and copied to (as a computer)
3a : contaminate, corrupt <the inflated writing that infects such stories>
b : to work upon or seize upon so as to induce sympathy, belief, or support <trying to infect their salespeople with their enthusiasm>