January 2, 2014 at 9:15 am 27 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge 3 January 2014

One of my earliest memories was seeing Sparky up on the tree gazing longingly outside the fence.

One summer morning, Sparky woke me up licking my feet like a lollipop. I told him to stop and kicked him to go away. I didn’t realize that it was his way of saying good-bye.

When grandma opened the gate later that day, Sparky rushed out to freedom. Ignoring her plea to come back, he was hit by an approaching car and died instantly.

Sparky brought joy to my young heart. He was also the first to break it by his untimely passing.

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  • 1. Sandra  |  January 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    A sad story, convincing voice though.

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 10:19 am


      it was based on a a true story. when my sister and i were kids, we had a dog named susie. like sparky, she licked my feet and then followed my dad walking to the bus stop. on the way back home, she was hit by a passing car and died. my sister and i cried all week.

  • 3. liz young  |  January 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Oh. I thought Sparky was going to live a life of freedom. Well told.

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 10:20 am


      i wished he was, too. 😦

  • 5. lindarigsbee  |  January 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    So sad. Is that an actual memory?

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 10:23 am


      it was based on the story of my boyhood dog named susie.

  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  January 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

    dear plaridel,

    sorry about susie and sparky. i used to have a dog, ginger, who liked to lick my feet. sad story.



    • 8. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm


      mom and dad brought home two puppies to ease the pain.

  • 10. patrickprinsloso  |  January 2, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Sparky has a lot to answer for. Tough for a youngster to have to experience that, but it’s probably good preparation for his later years.

    • 11. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm


      if there’s a lesson, i think, it’s that we learn to appreciate something better when we realize that it won’t last.

  • 12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh so sad to loose a beloved dog.. I remember when our cat was run over by a car… we cried forever… and decorated his grave… very sad.

    • 13. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm


      i hear you.

  • 14. silentlyheardonce  |  January 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Touching story. I named the dog in my ff story Sparky too.

    • 15. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      sparky seems to be a popular dog name. 🙂

  • 16. sustainabilitea  |  January 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I understand how sad you would have been. That would be tough at any age but even more so to a child.


    • 17. plaridel  |  January 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm


      one thing about kids is that they can rebound from a loss with supportive parents and loved ones.

  • 18. Indira  |  January 3, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Very sad story.

    • 19. plaridel  |  January 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm


      it always hurts especially when coupled with guilt.

  • 20. kz  |  January 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    the voice was so convincing that i felt that this was from a true story even before reading the comment thread. very sad but very effective writing. happy 2014

    • 21. plaridel  |  January 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm


      thanks to this week’s prompt for giving me the opportunity to write about it.

  • 22. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  January 5, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for sharing your story with us.

    • 23. plaridel  |  January 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm


      you’re welcome. and thanks for reading.

  • 24. talesfromthemotherland  |  January 5, 2014 at 7:46 am

    A heartbreaking tale. I lost a pup to a car, when I was little. It’s a terrible loss, as a kid. This story really captures the love and remorse that was felt. Nice job.

    • 25. plaridel  |  January 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm


      you, too? i;m sorry for your loss.

      • 26. talesfromthemotherland  |  January 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        It is something a lot of pet owners experience, sometime. Your story really brought that feeling home. Nice job!

        • 27. plaridel  |  January 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm


          thank you. i’m so glad you liked it. 🙂


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