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Copyright- Sandra Crook
Dusk was falling as she drove through the narrow country road. She slowed to a halt as the red truck, laden with hay, approached from the other side.
He darted into its path, out of nowhere. The truck swerved to avoid him.
Patty watched in horror as the big monster tilted slowly, like a falling building crumbling to its foundations. He stood frozen, unable to move or scream. The bales of hay fell directly on him, submerging his tiny form.

Patty waited with dread. His wet nose poked out of the hay, his black tail wagging. She sighed in relief.
This has been written in response to the above Picture Prompt
 Word count: 100


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Richa Singh · February 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Awwwiee! It is the end so cute 😀 do you own a dog too?


Shailaja V · February 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Thanks Richa 🙂 No, I don't own any pets actually, but have had a soft spot for dogs for a long time.

mezzojan · February 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Great story…building tension…then relief…then a cute surprise! Very well done 🙂

Sandra Crook · February 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

aaaw! love a happy ending.

indira mukhopadhyay · March 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

Lovely , the end is so cute.

Kalpana Solsi · March 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

Happy to not that the little nose emerged out of the bales and I too sighed in relief.

Atreyee · March 1, 2014 at 10:11 am

What a fab story with the tension rising with every word and then the sweet resolution-loved it Shailaja:-)

Samriddhi Mukherjee · March 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

Oh aww this is so very cute! I was rooting for “him” even before you told us of his canine nature, but when I found that he's a little doggie, I was extra delighted that he survived! 🙂 I'm very very fond of dogs too!
And oh in case you look for me, my blog address is 🙂

Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thank you very much indeed 🙂

Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thanks for the interesting picture, Sandra 🙂

Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

Glad you thought so 🙂

Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

Ha ha , yeah Kalpana. I was torn between tragedy and a happy ending. Went with the latter 🙂

Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

You're too kind 🙂 Your take was so much better than mine!

Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

So happy that you rooted for him. That was one reason I made the ending a happy one. I found myself cheering him on and willing him to come out unscathed.

janet · March 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Glad he was alright!


Shailaja V · March 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Same here 🙂

Jessie Ansons · March 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I love that he turns out to be a dog and even better be turns out to be ok! The wet nose coming out of the hay was a lovely image.

Subroto · March 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Nicely done. Lovely ending – 'wet nose' conjures up images of my own dog 🙂

Vidya Sury · March 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

You have a knack for the punchline! I love it!

Shailaja V · March 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

You're too kind, Vidya 🙂 Thank you!

vb holmes · March 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Much prefer the happy ending for the little fella–also relieved it wasn't a child who might not have had such a positive ending. Good story.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields · March 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Dear Shailaja,

What a sweet story.

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, while I'm at it. Happy to have you aboard.



theeclecticeccentricshopaholic · March 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

i enjoyed the tension.. the action.. and of course, the happy ending 🙂 welcome to FF! 🙂

P.S. Joshi · March 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Good story and well-written with a lovely and cute, happy ending. I'm glad you chose the happy ending for this. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

Siobhan · March 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Well told – such a sense of relief at the end

Locomente · March 5, 2014 at 7:11 am

And here I sighed in relief too…

Aparna · March 8, 2014 at 3:01 am

Cute :)! Nicely written Shailaja, I am liking your trysts with fiction :).

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