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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–December 24, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al himself. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by the group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


Juliet inspected the fridge and saw there was no milk. She also knew there was snow on the ground and more falling. It was 20 degrees out.

As she dialed the nearest convenience store she also called to her husband, Mitch.

In twenty minutes Mitch chilled through was entering the warm store. He swiftly made the purchase muttering under his breath.

Trudging home he saw something barely moving to the left. He pointed the beam of his flashlight at the movement and saw a large golden retriever curled up and shivering under a piece of thick cardboard leaning against a brick wall.

As he got nearer the dog started thumping its tail.

“Well, guy haven’t you got a home?”

The animal slowly got to its feet and met him halfway. Mitch’s heart melted. There was no collar.

“Come on boy lets go home together.”

The dog followed in Mitch’s footsteps.

Back at the house, Juliet called from the kitchen, “Well, did you get the milk?”

“Yes, and a little something extra.”

“What do you mean? Oh.”















17 thoughts on “THE HOLIDAY DOG

  1. What a lovely Christmas tale. But surprises like this can have unforeseen repercussions. For example, in the Indian mythological epic Mahabharat (which you would of course be aware of with your exposure to India), the five Pandavas, the heroes of the tale, returned to their home after an adventure which had ended in one of them (Arjun) getting married to princess Draupadi. They entered, and one of them cried out, “Mom, look, what we have brought for you.” She was busy cooking or something in the kitchen, and replied from there only, “Whatever it is, divide equally amongst yourselves.” The poor princess had to live with five husbands for the rest of her life from then on.

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  2. Thanks, Sue. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I was talking to my son in the U.S. yesterday on Google Hangouts and we were talking about his dog. The dog (Watson, named after Sherlock Holmes assistant) was right there so that subject was on my mind. His dog is a rescue dog and looks like a small terrier. It was wandering around the neighborhood one time and made friends with my son who was working in the yard. 😀 — Suzanne


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