8 August 2014

Published August 6, 2014 by rochellewisoff

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The next photo is the PROMPT. What does it say to you? Step outside your boundaries and let your imagination take wing! 

My story follows the blue inLinkz buddy that Ali calls Bracken. 

Björn 6

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright-Björn Rudberg

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100

WHEN THE NEED ARISES

            It starts with a certain look, and you know it’s over. That’s how it is with Annie and me.

            Without saying a word, she tells me what I don’t want to hear. We’ve both suffered too long and she needs to be free.

            As we hike to our favorite mountain spot to say goodbye I envision life without her.

            “Wish you didn’t have to go, Annie.”

            She wags her tail, and feebly licks my hand. I caress her head, press the muzzle of my pistol against it and pull the trigger.

            Whoever said men don’t cry was full of shit.      

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149 comments on “8 August 2014

  • Such a painful twist. This is my Achilles heel, and you’ve just punctured it with a great big arrow, Rochelle. This will be a day to indulge in a lot of painful memories. The only redeeming aspect of this subject is that at least we are able do this for our loyal faithful animal friends. So well done, and I’m off to blubber …

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  • Dear Sandra,

    Our pets are part of the family, aren’t they? The children who never grow up. We don’t have any right now but I’ve had to make that decision with a couple of them. I still get weepy about them.

    Thank you for your comments and your blubbering. A high compliment.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    I loved your story and the Heinlein quote. He is too often overlooked as ‘just a science fiction writer’ when in fact his observations about life and love cut right to the core and illuminate the beauty of being human.

    I agree with your story, beginning, middle and end.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • Dear Doug,

      Did you know that Heinlein was a Kansas City boy? He was among my favorites when I was in junior high and high school. I think it’s time to revisit.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Your presence is always appreciated.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • This is a perfect story… so good way of interpreting my picture. after all there are so many ways to love a pet. But I guess being out the last time and seeing the views you’ve grown to love matters for a dog as well…

    Since I took the picture I will share some secrets on why I took this picture as well.

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    • Dear Björn,

      Thank you for the wealth of Madeira pictures. They’ve inspired some of my favorites.

      I totally believe that people and places mean as much to dogs as they do to us. If there are any doubts one can read stories where a dog remains by his master’s grave until he himself dies.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Oh that brought tears to my eyes. When it is time for an animal to go, and they always tell us, it is so difficult to let them go. Even harder to do it yourself

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    • Dear Marie Gail,

      I always told my boys that it takes courage for a man to cry. Too many ulcers have been birthed from the archaic belief that real men don’t cry. I have a dear friend who is the embodiment of masculinity and tenderness.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • It never ceases to amaze me how simply elegant, despite the painful subject and certainly unusual twist to your thoughts and response to the prompt, your writing it.

    It’s not always easy to take highly charged emotional works – strip them done, and then offer such profoundly touching sentences that weave a complete story.

    Brilliantly written Rochelle.

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    • Dear Alicia,

      I’ve been there more than once. With my fifteen-year-old Ginger I knew it was time. She was losing teeth and couldn’t hear. But when she missed three steps coming down the staircase I could no longer let her suffer. She knew and I knew but the memory of that day still brings me to tears.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • It was very moving. I’ve had several dogs euthanized because of cancer, kidneys shutting down, etc, all from old age. But the shooting of a pet brings out such anger in me. My father shot my beloved dog when I was a kid because she bit someone. He took her across the river to the dump and the sound of the shot reached me as I screamed and cried in ;my room.. I promised myself I would never let that happen again.. Good story. An emotional story. Lucy

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    • Dear Lucy,

      I understand your feelings in light of what happened to your dog. So I guess there are two ways of looking at it.

      My friend who inspired this story had told me once that when it was time to to put his dog down it would be by his own hand. Not out of meanness or cruelty but out of love for his pet.

      I’ve had to have two pets euthanized. In each case I had no other choice.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Eric,

    Of course I was aiming for the heart so it’s nice to know I hit my target. It’s also gratifying to hear from the men in the group that my story made them cry. Men and boys have been sold a lie about tears and masculinity. Some of the most masculine men I know are free and easy with their tears.

    Thank you,

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  • I think I spoiled it a bit for myself by accidentally scrolling down too much and glimpsing the comments. This post makes me think it might be a good thing I will not be in any position to have a pet for a long time. I’d be too heartbroken if anything happened.

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    • Dear Lauren,

      I hoped my story worked for you even if you did spoil the ending for yourself.

      And I’m in agreement. I do miss animal companionship but it’s really tough to lose them. I’m just not in a position to have another pet either. Meanwhile I consider my African violets to be my house pets. 😉 No dander or poop.

      shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • 😦 So sad.
    I’d never seen a boy or a man cry as much – or as hard – as my first husband did when we had to put one of our dogs down. This story reminds me so much of that day.
    Ellespeth

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    • Dear Ellespeth,

      That had to be difficult. My husband cried when we put our cat down four years ago. She was 18 and we’d had her for all but 9 weeks of those years.

      Thank you for sharing your story and commenting.

      Shalom

      Rochelle

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  • So painfully true — seriously, this made me cry — but that’s a good thing, you’ve touched me. We’ll have to face this reality soon with our 15-year-old miniature schnauzer — and I can’t bear to think of it.

    And real men *do* cry. 🙂

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  • Dear Rochelle,
    Your story was exquisitely narrated, tightly structured, and very moving.
    We have a seven-month old Standard Poodle, and she is the light of our lives (except when we call her a “goose” or a “silly ass.”) — and I ache to think of the day when she will inevitably leave us. This is why I didn’t want a dog all these years, but I caved in when my husband and daughter clamored for one.
    Sweet sorrow.
    Beautiful story.

    ~Vijaya

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    • Dear Vijaya,

      Animals are wonderful. I’ve loved both dogs and cats in my life. I mourned their passings as I would any other member of the family. At present we have no pets as neither of us really have the time to devote.

      Enjoy your Poodle while you have her.

      Thank you for your all your sweet and affirming comments. 😉

      shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I like the twist. I expected Annie to be human of course and that he was maybe going to shove her off the cliff. Instead, a tear jerker about an experience I, like so many have had to endure. Well written.

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    • Dear Ann,

      I’m not the shove-your-lover-off-the-cliff type. 😉 Although that is where I wanted the reader to go. Mission accomplished there. And yes, most pet owners, if they truly love their pets, will experience this kind of pain.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • It’s funny, though, this cliff thing, having just had an argument with one. There is always the mysterious desire to go over the edge, or drop something (and hopefully not someone) off. 🙂

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  • Rochelle, Sad but lovely story. We had to have my daughter’s pet rat put down. He had a tumor. The vet let my daughter say goodbye and then leave him there. My dad had to have an old dog put down. The poor dog was 15 and couldn’t get out of his box one morning. He took him to the vet. It’s sad but sometimes necessary. Well written as always. —Susan

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    • Dear Susan,

      I’ve never had to put down a pet rat. I did have to euthanize a dog and, years later, a cat. Tough decision. Ginger, my dog, was 15 and failing. I couldn’t watch her misery any longer. .The cat was 18. When they’re with you that long they’re family, the child who never grows up. .

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • My heart litterally stopped beating. With the recent passing of Oden and Coco we have lost a part of ourselves. Yes we cry, they were our soulmates. You certainly said so much without actually saying the words. * sigh*

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  • Only had two dogs in my life and the last one was the best. From second to fifth grade, I had Max who was part collie/German shepherd. We were pals. Max was strong (once he dragged me across the driveway!) and very affectionate. He got cancer my fifth grade year and had to be put to sleep. I cried and cried when i found out and …

    DAMN IT, why in the HELL did you do that to me????? Son of a B*@^%!!!

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    • Dear Barbara,

      This story seems to have had that effect on quite a few this week. If it’s any consolation, the writer shed a few tears as well. 😉

      I’ve gone ahead and linked your story for you. I know it’s kind of late but this is the first opportunity I’ve had. Sometimes the blue guy doesn’t seem to be there but a little square might appear where it should be. My experience has been that if you click that it will take you to the link up.

      shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • Good story! Thank you for adding me! What I see when the blue guy is not there is a hyperlink that says “get the InLyx code. There is no square. Could this be a firefox issue maybe?

        Be well! – ^..^

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  • Such a sad story … I had to take my cat and put him down a few years back, he had a wasteing sickness and could no longer eat etc. … one of the worst experiences of my life. Well told Rochelle.

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  • Dear Margo Sue Ellen,
    I’ve had to do this a few times. Just like in Ol’ Yeller. It’s tough duty. Rather than shoot them, I suppose I could just read to them from the encyclopedia until they died from boredom. – Calvin

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  • Your stories have an extra layer built into it. Nicely done! This place does call to mind unfortunate events, Rochelle. I found this moving and sad. If you can’t do it yourself, maybe it shouldn’t be done.

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  • Wonderfully done, and your piece emphasises how often we read in terms of our own assumptions. The love between narrator and Annie is clear, as is the pain at the responsibility of letting her go. If only all partings were as clear and necessary.

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  • Dear Rochelle, My goodness, you certainly have a huge, faithful following and for good reason. Your story is so sad, but right on. We have had pets for a long time and when they die, it is so sad to have to take them to the vet and leave. One of the worst things we do as pet owners. Great story! Nan 🙂

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    • Dear Nan

      I’m pretty awed and amazed by the following. All I did was take over Friday Fictioneers because I couldn’t bear the thought of losing it. I never dreamed it would grow like this.

      Yesterday my brother had to put his 15 year old friend to sleep. Very sad day but it was time. There comes a point when you can’t watch them suffer any longer.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I wish my wonderful, talented, beautiful wife would quit doing this to me. Always the twist, and then the tear jerker. Oh, I forgot….real men don’t cry. B.S.

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  • Dear Rochelle
    Along with many other readers, I was a little teary-eyed when I got to the end. I think lots of pet lovers can relate to this sad time.
    Well written, as always.
    Take care
    Dee

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