The Boy • #flashfiction #shortreads #99words

The Boy #flashfiction #shortreads

The Boy

Until I met him, my life was filled with humiliation and loneliness. Imagine: Begging for scraps on the streets. Capture. Imprisonment. Oh, the noise, the chaos, the whimpering at night. A sad lonely affair. 

Of course, things hadn’t always been so dire. At the beginning, life looked promising: the freedom and rollicking of childhood, the warmth of mother and snuggling up with my siblings.

How was I to know things would turn so badly?

The day I will remember as the best day of my life will always be the day the boy took me home from the pound.



This flash fiction is in response to Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge.

January 20, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a boy and his dog, showing the value or benefit of such a relationship. Be creative, uplifting and demonstrate that such a relationship has merit. If the prompt takes you somewhere darker, know that writing into the dark often retrieves the light. Let it have a purpose.

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12 thoughts on “The Boy • #flashfiction #shortreads #99words”

    1. Thank you, Charli. I was having a tough time with this one until I remembered that I had wanted to write a story from the perspective of a dog in a pound.

  1. Great flash, Urszula. I always love a dog’s perspective. I have only been doing these flash fictions for a few months and am compiling my efforts. I have book a crazy looking book from a shop we have called Smiggle. It has a flamingo on the front and loads of sequins. It’s my Flash Flamingo. I think I’ll have to have a crack at this prompt being such a dog lover and mum to a boy.
    xx Rowena

  2. What a nice little story, Ula. Many strays remain lonely and hungry, but a lot of them are rescued and those are the ones I’d like to think about! 🙂

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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