I let the dog out last night at 2:30 am, and while I was lounging at the open door I heard a neighbor bellow, "Get IN there!"
Now, I've heard neighbors fight before. (My favorite line so far has been, "Me! Those magazines have nothing to do with you! It's about ME!")
This neighbor guy wasn't speaking to me, because he must have been two streets over. Still, he was so loud it seemed like he was right over the fence. He sounded like a wild animal, only louder. The person being yelled at was too far away; I couldn't hear a word that person said. (However, I can tell you, he or she was not IN there.) He bellowed, a moment of silence, he bellowed, silence.
"Get IN there!"
"" (Momentary silence.)
"NO YOU get IN there! NOOOOOOOOW!"
"Walk like a man - THAT'S WHAT I DO!"
"You're an idiot! Get IN there!"
"Don't hit me! Stop hitting me!" Again, this was still the roaring man. My hand was on the phone, not that I wanted to protect him, but I was thinking he might go find a gun and the police might want to be in the vicinity.
But just then I heard a man with reasonable tone say, "Mutter mutter."
"Get your hands offa MEEEEE!"
"Mutter mutter sir."
Ah, "sir." The police were there. After a little more muttering, Roaring Man and Mutter Man went inside, hopefully without the person who would not "get IN there."
But I have to wonder, did the police help the situation, or was it worse after they left? Or, as it occurs to me, were Mutter Man and Roaring Man actually Good Cop and Bad Cop? And "get IN there" was short for get in the vehicle, Ellen's innocent neighbor? I don't know. Would have been pretty funny if I had called the cops on the cops.