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LADY AND THE TRAMP III: LET NO DOG DIVIDELADY AND THE TRAMP III: LET NO DOG DIVIDE by bookiliar
May 10, 1861 St. Louis, Missouri.
The sound intruded on the bright spring day, cutting across the persistent whisper of the wind in the treetops and the cacophony of chirping birds. It was in variance with the placid scene of wild flowers blooming at the edges of the roadway and the rosebuds' blossoms that hung like a pale purple haze across the landscape. Lady paused uneasily to listen to it, her gracefully arched eyebrows drawn together as she tried to discern its source. The sound came gradually nearer, a swelling rhytm: like a distant drumbeat or a hundred footsteps falling together, like the rush of waves upon a shore or a cordon of marching men. Clutching the carefully packed basket of sundries she had been on her way to deliver to her fiance at the Confederate camp on the outskirts of town, Lady whirled to stare back the way she came, down the country lane toward swiftly advancing ranks of Union soldiers. The dappled sunlight that filtered through the branches above cast s
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