Down Under

campfireThis is day two of The Dog Days of Summer, a Blogdramedy writing challenge. If you came here looking for quality content you are decidedly barking up the wrong tree. -Ed.

Down Under
by
Tom B. Taker

A pitiful campfire lamely clawed at the encroaching darkness. A cold rain was little more than mist.

The elder thoughtfully twirled a gnarled bone in his paws as he spoke. “I bless the rains down in Africa.” He leaned forward and, for just a moment, the firelight illuminated his withered face in dancing shadow. There was a faraway look in his eyes. “I’ll get you.”

Although closer to the fire, Desmond shivered and his fur stood on end. “Who did this, Toto? Who are you talking to?” he asked.

“The dingo. So bewitching.”

“And then my baby was gone.”

Toto jerked and the bone violently exploded to pieces.

“My pretty.”

Blogdramedy’s The Dog Days of Summer writing challenge commands victims participants to author ten stories, ten days in a row, consisting of exactly 110 words each. All stores are themed based on dogs that she has pre-selected. For more information about the challenge and to view the work of other participants, please click the link. But only if you want stories that have real teeth.

12 responses

  1. No flying monkey feces. I’m mildly disappointed. *grin*

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    1. Oh wee oh.
      Oh wee oh.

      Oops. Don’t step in it.

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  2. Hi-larious!

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    1. Thanks. Very kind! 🙂

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  3. This was all kinds of awesome. Nearly lost it at the dingo!

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    1. Woot! Any day we both use the same line is a good day for me. And a bad day for you. 🙂

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  4. I, of course, lapse into “A Dingo Ate My Bay-Bee”. Kudos — hard to get multiple references into 110 words!

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    1. LOL! Thanks! I count at least three references, unless I did one by accident. I love it when that happens because I always take credit for being brilliant.

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    2. That was my favorite, too. Dingo/baby brilliance. In a sick way, of course.
      Great short. Your first line is fantastic.

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  5. I laughed out loud at the lyrics!

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  6. Very nice. I was never a Toto fan, but I appreciate references to mediocre songs and Seinfeld episodes.

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  7. Toto should be happy the band co-opted the name. They weren’t half bad.

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