My body shook as I walked through the pouring rain, clutching my thin coat with each step I took. Wet tears streamed down my face as I looked around the night, the crackling thunder crashing above me. It was not often that I shed tears like the ones I was unleashing now, but i think I had a pretty damn good reason for it.

After all, you would cry too if your best friend sent everyone on your contacts a video of you hooking up with a guy.

My phone buzzed in my jean pocket and my bottom lip quivered as the memories began tumbling through my mind all over again. I started to walk faster, but my feet misstepped on the wet pavement beneath me and I fell face first on the ground. My knees throbbed, as did my heart. My phone started ringing again and a loud sob racked through my body and the dark night sky responded to my despair with a rumble.

"Ruff?"

I looked up and saw a dog staring at me with its tongue hanging out of its mouth. It wobbled closer to me and did something that shocked the heck out of me.

It licked me.

I screeched and scooted back and it tilted its head in confusion. Then it started wagging it's tail and began to jump around.

I wonder where its owner was.

I then sighed and sucked in my fear of getting to close to the strange mutt and I slowly moved next to it. As soon as I got close enough It jumped on me and put its small paws to my chest and started to lick all over my face. I couldn't help the loud laugh that came from my lips that reached his pointy little ears.

"What's your name?" I said in between soft giggles, and then i remembered that he couldn't talk, so I reached down and looked at his collar only to find his name tag blank.

"That's weird," I said to myself and the dog rubbed up against my leg as I started to get up.

"Well come on, I'll take you home." I said as I reached down but I heard a click go off from behind me. I turned around to see a man in a black mask staring at me with a weapon in his hand aiming in my direction.

"Give me your money."

I gawked at the man and the dog behind my legs began to growl lowly at the man in front of us.

"Please, just let me go." I pleaded and I slowly put my hands up but that only caused him to take the safety off. He laughed threateningly and I took this as my chance to try to usher the dog off of the sidewalk.

"Go, get out of here," I whispered to it, but it barked loudly at me and ran.

And he didn't run away, he did something worse. He ran straight towards the man.

He jumped on him biting the man's arm causing the man to let out a shrill cry. My eyes widened as I watched the dog and man hassle. It was getting intense; the man was fighting back, but the dog was stronger and more persistent.

Then all of a sudden a loud bang went off, and this time it didn't come from the thundering sky.

The dog whimpered and fell limply on the cement.

The man then jumped back at his own misfiring and looked at me in the eyes before running in the opposite direction. I quickly ran to the dog who was bleeding at its side and comforted him. A new batch of tears flooded from my eyes because although I didn't know this dog that well, it still protected me like I was its actual owner.

I hurriedly took out my phone and ignored all the messages and calls from my contacts and dialed 911. I looked down to see the dog turn his head and let out a weak sound.

"Ruff."

At that moment I realized what a perfect name would be for the dog.

Hero.

My hero.