The scenario: Tom and Will are disgruntled neighbors. One morning, Tom knocks on Will's door and threatens to kill Will's dog if it breaks into his yard and chases his chickens one more time.
Will heard a knock at the door and wondered ‘it’s too early for company, who could it be?’ As Will opened the door, he could see the rage in Tom’s face and the shotgun in Tom’s hand. “Oh, no, Tom, has Lucky been after your birds? he inquired.
“Lucky?” screamed Tom;” that damned dog islucky I haven’t shot him already! “This is the last warning, Will. Either you do something about Lucky chasing my chickens, or I’ll………..his voice trailed off as Will interrupt.
Will, defensive of Lucky, yelled right back. “Hold it there, Tom, Are you sure that it’s Lucky that’s been chasing your chickens? You know I bring him into the house as soon as I get home from work, he doesn’t stay out all day”. I get back here to the house about 4:30 in the morning, bring him in from the garden shed and he’s with me here in the house unless I take him out somewhere with me. How are you so certain that it’s Lucky chasing your chickens?
Tom cooled off a little. “Well, I suppose it could be another dog; I haven’t actually seen Lucky back there. I just know my chickens have an interrupted laying habit and there is something terrorizing them”.
Like a fox, perhaps? suggested Will?
“Yeah, maybe”, replied Tom. “I’m sorry,Will.” I guess I just assumed it was Lucky.
“Tom, we’ve been good neighbors for a long time. “Let’s keep our communication lines open before we start pulling the guns out.