Always Coming Home #FridayFictioneers

“Mom!  A really cute dog followed me from school!  I tried to get him to come home but he wouldn’t leave the trees.”
“Oh, really?”
“Yeah!  Can we keep him?”
Her mom smiled.  “Of course, if you can get him in the front door.  Just promise me one thing, okay?”
“What?”
“Don’t try to feed him.  It makes him sad.”
“You’ve seen him?”
“Yes, I’ve seen him,” her mom said.
What else could she say?  That she’d known that dog a quarter century ago?
That she’d watched a leaf fall right through him?

———

A whirlwind of research, winter storms, and child care have kept me off of Friday Fictionneers – but I have not forgotten.  For the short term, though, I might be more of a monthly fictioneer than a weekly fictioneer.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below:

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About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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32 Responses to Always Coming Home #FridayFictioneers

  1. Warm hearted and spooky. A clever combination.

  2. Sandra says:

    I like a tender ghost story – well done. And welcome back.

  3. Jan Brown says:

    I like this ghost-dog story!

    I, too, seem to be participating monthly rather than weekly. Don’t feel bad; real life takes precedence!

  4. wildbilbo says:

    I loved this take – but I’m a sucker for ghost stories. I liked the positive note this had – historically Ghost Dogs are harbingers of doom!
    Cheers
    KT

  5. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Danny,

    A good yarn for the fireside. Well written and well told.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  6. Dear Danny,

    Real life has a way of interfering, doesn’t it?

    I’ve never read a sweet ghost-dog story. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  7. mjlstories says:

    We lost our dear old cat about a month ago (he’s just sleeping in this little picture here!) and my grown-up son had a dream very similar to your story. A sweet tale!

  8. Anita says:

    I have goosebumps!
    Wonderfully expressed!

  9. Lovely end beat. Well done.

  10. Well written. Bitter sweet, I think. And a learnin’ of life.

  11. Always nice to read a warm, uplifting ghost story. Thanks for that, Danny.

    janet

  12. Margaret says:

    An intriguing and heart-warming story. There’s some interesting history between that mother and dog, I suspect.

  13. karen rawson says:

    Inventive take on the prompt. I love a good ghost story!

  14. Oh.. I guess a dog lacking substance would be hard to feed.

  15. milliethom says:

    I really like the idea of a ghost-dog. He seems to be desperate for company and he’s evidently very friendly. I wonder just how long he’s inhabited those woods – possibly a lot longer tthan the 25 years the mother mentioned. Lovely little story. 🙂

  16. Very different. Very nice.
    Randy

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