Wk 6 -Much Love, Wow. (a short story inspired by Carmina Correa & Vanessa Olivarez water color painting “Must Destroy, Wow.”)

Must Destroy, Wow

Artist: Carmina Correa & Vanessa Olivarez

Water Color Painting

20″ x 20″


CSULB School of Art, Werby-Gallery


“Hey babe, I want this dog please!”

As soon as this phrase came out of Natalia’s mouth, life changed for the better and for the worse. For the better since she was getting a new, adorable puppy; however, for the worse since she didn’t know what she was getting herself into. Honestly, the puppy did look quite innocent and too cute to handle that anyone, SERIOUSLY anyone, would love to take home that one certain dog. Those puppy dog eyes, that golden brown fur, those pointed ears, and those fiery eyes: what was not to like about the dog. Everything seemed perfect on the outside of the dog to Natalia that no other dog would change her mind. Her mind was already set; there was no turning back now.

Prancing around the house, Natalia was thinking of names for her new dog. Isabella was too girly. Tiger was too wild. Daisy reminded her too much of a flower. Katniss? Katniss. Natalia liked the feel to that name. It reminded her of the brave, fighting Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. She already knew from first glance at the pound that her dog would be bold and fitting to the attributes of Katniss herself, so why not give her a name that suited her. Natalia chose the right name in fact. One day, robbers attempted to steal valuable jewelry and money from a safe hidden in Natalia’s house. However, they failed since Katniss bit one of the robbers and scared the other ones away. Katniss was truly an honorable, loyal dog until the day came where things began to go south.

Natalia began to notice a change of pace with Katniss, in which Katniss began to bite people that meant no harm. Natalia scolded Katniss each and every day until there was one certain day that Natalia noticed that her dog disappeared. With all the bad stuff happening with her dog’s behavior, Natalia didn’t know what to do and broke down in tears. While her family decided to put up “missing dog” posters around the neighborhood, Natalia stayed at home with the TV on the news, hoping for Katniss to pop up on the screen. However, of course, Natalia knew that lost dogs didn’t really appear on the news, so she just cried to herself while faintly listening to the voices on the television.

A loud beeping sound suddenly began to beep vigorously on the TV before a specific phrase was stated, “BREAKING NEWS: CLIFFORD SIZED DOG DESTROYING THE CITY. CHAOS EVERYWHERE.”

Natalia looked up to the screen. To her dismay, she saw Katniss ten times her normal size and the total opposite to the dog she first adopted at the shelter. Natalia couldn’t believe her eyes. Katniss was writing a message on the buildings that she destroyed with her fiery, red eyes. The message clearly read: Must Destroy, WOW. Natalia was literally about to faint, but she knew that she had to put a stop to this. Before leaving the house, Natalia saw on the TV screen the robber that got bitten by Katniss himself. He gave a statement saying,”before I left the house that I was going to rob, I injected a solution into that dog’s leg that would make him turn into one of us.”

Natalia knew at this point that by “one of us” the robber meant a being that only thought about evil. Within this moment, Natalia didn’t know what to feel. She felt as if the world was falling apart each second she pondered on what to do. But then again, it was literally falling apart since Katniss had one mission: to destroy the city. No longer thinking, Natalia ran out the door and headed straight towards the chaos. As she was speeding 100 miles per hour to get to Katniss, she saw from afar those fiery eyes that were once so innocent. However, now, they were tearing apart the buildings with no mercy left behind. It was time for Natalia to face her fears and to see if her dog’s loyalty was true to her master.

Natalia yelled, “STOOOP KATNISS, PLEASE!” Her now ginormous dog then glanced at Natalia with her laser eyes, slowly bringing down each building with a single turn of her scruffy face. Natalia then looked at Katniss with puppy dog eyes that imitated Katniss when she was first adopted at the pound. Furthermore, Natalia uttered, “Much love, wow.” With these words, the beams from her dog’s eyes began to retract until it fully disappeared. All it took for Natalia’s dog to come back was those three words. Katniss began to shrink until she returned to her normal size, and her behavior began to change to who she used to be: the once loving, adorable, and loyal dog. Such wow, much doge.


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