#99Word Stories; Dog in the Desert

The April 3, 2023 99-word story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to:  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a dog in the desert. Why is the dog there? Who else is involved? Is there a deeper metaphor you can make of the desert? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by April 8, 2023.

In addition to what I post here for the Carrot Ranch challenges, there’s always the Ranch Yarns with Kid and Pal’s responses HERE.

Trust In Dog by D. Avery

I don’t have the energy, or time, to explain how I got lost in the desert.

The dog appeared like a miracle.

A feral dog, but a dog nonetheless. It watched me with calm curiosity, then looked expectantly over its shoulder at me. I followed. The dog walked and waited, as I stumbled after it to this small canyon, where there is water.

But the dog bares its teeth and won’t let me drink. Exhausted, I wait on the sunbaked ground, amongst the scattered bones of other believers. Tumbling from their den, yipping pups squirm, impatient for their meal.

Be sure to go to Carrot Ranch to read the complete “Impossibly Blue” collection from last week‘s challenge.

24 thoughts on “#99Word Stories; Dog in the Desert

  1. Such a well-written story with a great twist at the end. That ending makes you think. It could go well or bad, but the silent spookiness was the winner and held the answer for me. It’s almost as if the dark side of the story is hidden and can only be seen by some readers.

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