Friday Fictioneers: ‘Walking the Black Dog’

29 May

It is Friday Fictioneer time again!  As per usual, bloggers are tasked with creating a 100 word story in response to a photo prompt provided by Rochelle on her blog.  My contribution is below.

‘Walking the Black Dog’

Her dog liked to walk near the cliffs.

The sodden, shiny rocks beyond the fence excited him, and he greeted each with enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm that was contagious.  More often than not she followed him, beyond the barricade, her bare feet maintaining a tenuous grip on the slippery, sleeping hunks of stone.

These night-time walks became frequent and, under the cloak of darkness, her inhibitions were dulled.   When nudged by the dog, his muzzle on her shin, she

stepped

slipped

leapt

into the water and was swallowed by the waves.

They searched, but found only her black dog amongst the stones.

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7 Responses to “Friday Fictioneers: ‘Walking the Black Dog’”

  1. neilmacdon May 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    I think the “black dog” is probably not accidental. Churchill used to call his depressions his black dog

    • mscwhyte May 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      Definitely not accidental! So glad you picked up on it! ‘The black dog’ is a phrase often used to refer to depression.

  2. Mike May 30, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    I found how you handled this interesting… I once knew a great pub next to the sea at Guernsey called The Black Dog, it served great scallops. Better than the black dog Churchill knew and had to handle, like so many of us.

  3. The Mom Who Runs May 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    What an intriguing story. I didn’t know the details about WC until I read comments from another reader and had read the story literally. It works both ways, but the deeper meaning is an excellent twist.

  4. Keith's Ramblings May 30, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    I live close to Beachy Head where this happens on average 25 times a year. I like the sensitive tone of your piece.

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  5. gahlearner May 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    I didn’t know that depression is also called the Black Dog. Excellent story. I find the association with dogs a bit sad, because they actually can help… but that has nothing to do with your story. 🙂

  6. Thom Carswell May 31, 2016 at 10:37 pm #

    Clever piece. The use of the word enthusiasm in relation to her Black Dog was a really interesting juxtaposition. You highlighted just how confusing and unconventional an illness like depression can be.

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