One day, Jack went out to get a quart of milk from the corner store. It was raining, so he took his SUV.
When he came out of the store with the milk, he saw a big black dog sitting on the pavement. Its fur was all matted and it had big sad eyes.
"Hey there, boy," Jack said and patted the dog on the head. The dog whimpered and feebly wagged its tail. Jack figured that the dog was a stray since it had no collar, so he took it back with him in the SUV.
At home, he gave the poor dog the steaks that he had planned to grill for him and Daniel, when Daniel came over for supper later. Jack secretly loved Daniel, but he knew that he could never say so. They hung out a lot, though.
Jack made pasta instead and when Daniel came over, they sat down to eat it. But Daniel had trouble because he kept sneezing. Then he noticed the dog, who had just come in from the living room. Jack fed the dog some pasta.
"I'm allergic to dogs," Daniel said and sneezed again.
Suddenly the dog turned into a man with long shaggy black hair! "Sorry," the man said.
Jack and Daniel both stared and Jack started planning how he could sidle over to the counter and grab the knife he had used for chopping the mushrooms.
"Who are you?" Daniel said.
"I'm Sirius Black," the man said. "If you could just let me hide out here for a little while..."
"I really don't think so," Jack said.
"See, I'm on the run from evil wizards," Black said.
Jack rolled his eyes, but Daniel looked interested.
Suddenly there was a knock at the door. "Don't answer that," Black said. He pulled a stick out of a pocket and pointed it at the door.
Jack didn't feel very threatened so he went to the door. There was a man there. "Excuse me," the man said, "but is there a big black stray dog here?"
"There used to be," Jack said. "Now there's just some crazy guy."
Black pushed past Jack. "Remus!" he said.
"Sirius!" the man at the door said and they fell into each others arms for a long kiss.
"I guess you two know each other, huh," Jack said.
"Thanks for looking after Sirius for me," Remus said. "How can we repay you?"
"Maybe a couple of steaks..." Jack said.
"I think I know," Sirius said, with a twinkle in his eye. He pointed the stick at Daniel and then at Jack and said some words that Jack didn't understand but probably Daniel did.
Next thing Jack knew, he and Daniel had their arms around each other and they were kissing. It was a really hot kiss. When they stopped to breathe, Daniel said, "I love you, Jack."
"I love you too, Daniel," Jack said and hugged Daniel tightly. He was so happy! It always paid to be kind to animals.