Panic. It gripped his throat tighter than the collar that his humans had around his neck, and that was perhaps their first mistake. They had been out on a walk, and generally Allegro was fine with Halcyon at his side, except for today. Today the humans seemed to want to see if Allegro had progressed since he had come to live with them and took him out alone. The walk started all right. Allegro really did want to make people happy, but he was fighting a horrible worm of panic inside of him.
Something in him snapped when they reached the end of the sidewalk. His human wasn't being demanding either. Quite the contrary, the man was using his kind, reassuring voice, but to a dog that couldn't hear, those words meant nothing. He whined and yipped, trying to bite at the leash that wouldn't let him run. In a frantic, last ditch effort to get loose, to get back to Halcyon, to get away somewhere, Allegro threw himself to the ground and began to roll. He pulled, flipping his body this way and that, the human frantically trying to get hold of him, and then suddenly Allegro felt the collar slip, his ears pressed against his head as the leather collar slid over them, and then came the release. He fell back and looked around, stunned momentarily.
Out of the corner of his brown eye he saw the man trying to grab for him. The panic rose in him again and Allegro jumped to his paws and dashed away, running across a street and nearly getting struck by a car. It occurred to him to go back the way he had come to find Halcyon, but he was scared. What if the man got mad at him and hit him? He ran away, and that was bad, and bad dogs got punished. He didn't want to get hurt.
Out of shape, Allegro found himself tiring quickly, and sniffed out an old car to hide under. Halcyon would find him, Allegro knew he would. Halcyon wouldn't leave him out here, he knew Allegro needed him. The deaf dog shook nervously, panting with anxiety, looking around from under the car. He rested his head on his front paws as he waited for his friend. Halcyon would get out, would find him. The sky was darkening, and Allegro sniffed, keeping a keen nose as he watched for humans that might try to grab him, and of course, for his friend to come find him.