Five Sentence Fiction: Words

Photograph by Lisa Shambrook (Please do not use without permission)
The sudden explosion lit up the dusk and its thunder robbed him of his hearing as he was hurled across the dusty, gritty road; shock and shrapnel embedded its shards beneath his bloodied skin, but nothing stopped him crawling back across the detritus to circle the remains of the best friend he ever had. Confusion tore at his heart, but despite the ringing noise and acrid smoke he refused to leave, and settled mournfully in the middle of the rutted road to wait.
Black night loomed with shouts and gunshots, then chaos and blasts, and he flattened his ears and his body, and trembled by his masterโ€™s corpse. 
Dawn sneaked across the hills and he shivered in the morning cold, until soldiers, bloodied and weary, marched back along the road, and he growled, his hackles raised and ears sharp. He flinched as they approached and their brusque commands failed to touch him; it took a burly trooperโ€™s bristly embrace and soft, whispered words to allow the dog to leave, but never forget.
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15 thoughts on “Five Sentence Fiction: Words

  1. Ang

    Awwww… *sniffles* I'm not even a dog person and this totes got me right here *points at heart*. Beautiful, my friend. Just. BEAUTIFUL. *hugs*

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  2. K R Smith

    My wife and I have 6 dogs, two of which are black labs that participated in field trials when they were younger. Their trainer is now training dogs for the military, mostly to find explosives and other materials. This reminded me of all that and some of the similar stories I've heard. Nice job!

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  3. Mark K

    Lisa,Forgive me for not being around of late, but I took a break from blogging and stopped doing the FSS. This is an enticing piece of writing that draws the reader in deftly and moves through intensity and emotion with skill.You should feel very proud. Very well done ๐Ÿ™‚

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