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They Bite.

The old man shook his head reluctantly and slid from his stool to the ground. "No thanks. I don't rightly know as I—"
"Yes?"
"Nothing. Thanks all the same." He turned and shuffled to the door.
Tallant smiled. "But why should I stay clear of the adobe?" he called after him.
The old man mumbled.
"What?"
"They bite," said the old man, and went out shivering into the night.
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"And what was the cracking noise?" Tallant asked dutifully.
"That? That was a bone. It must've strangled Jigger without any noise. He was a little dog. It ate most of the flesh, and if it hadn't cracked the bone for the marrow it could've finished. You can still see the spots over there. The blood never did come out."
TY Danger

What book is that from?
DangerDingus · 31-35, M
[@517284,HarryRidesTheShortBus] "They Bite", by Anthony Boucher.

 
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