A Symbol of Hope

January 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm 29 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 January 2016

Melanie Greenwood
Photo Credit: Melanie Greenwood

Amira and her family escaped when rebels overran their village. After waiting for years in a refugee camp, they finally became eligible for resettlement.

“The dog stays,” the man-in-charge said as the family was boarding the chartered flight to freedom.

“Mama!” Little Amira cried, begging her mother to intervene for her beloved pet. But it was of no use.

“Please take care of Hamal until I return,” the grieving Amira said to a fellow refugee.

For a long time, Hamal waited. The dog never lost hope until he died.

Hamal eventually became a symbol of hope for those left behind.

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29 Comments Add your own

  • 1. draliman  |  January 7, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Very loyal dog.

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm


      it’s the reason why a dog is man’s best friend

  • 3. Sandra  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Oh dear, how heartbreaking was that? 😦

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm


      this story was also inspired by that quote from jane austen, “he loves the longest when all hopes are gone.”

  • 5. gahlearner  |  January 7, 2016 at 5:54 am

    We should care more about the people, but the stories of pets left behind in times of war and terror are always so heartbreaking because they have no way of understanding what is happening to their world. Good story, pulls the heartstrings.

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm


      well said. thank you.

  • 7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 7, 2016 at 7:38 am

    The situation of refugee camps is so unsettling.. and for a child the loss of a dog might mean more than getting to a better place… which can explain a lot…

    • 8. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm


      i totally agree.

  • 9. The Writer's Village  |  January 7, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hamal, the symbol of the carrier or porter. Hope to leave…


    • 10. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm


      thank you.

  • 11. aliciajamtaas  |  January 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    This is my favorite story so far this week. Sadness, loyalty, hope all wrapped into one.

    • 12. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm


      it’s been generous of you. 🙂

  • 13. Perry Block (@PerryBlock)  |  January 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    We could all use a symbol of hope! I hope he’s been spayed.

    • 14. plaridel  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm


      i’m afraid he wasn’t spayed. with no females around, it didn’t matter anyway.

  • 15. rgayer55  |  January 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for dogs. A very touching story.

    • 16. plaridel  |  January 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm


      they’re very loyal. that makes them endearing to their owners.

  • 17. ansumani  |  January 8, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Touching story. The eternal hope of that faithful soul is inspiring.

    • 18. plaridel  |  January 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm


      i agree, totally.

  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  January 9, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I was hoping for a dog smuggler or something. Very touching story.



    • 20. plaridel  |  January 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm


      refugees are very limited on what they can bring with them. that’s the sad part and reason why pets are left behind.

  • 21. lifeconfusions  |  January 9, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Oh this was heart wrenching… 😦

    • 22. plaridel  |  January 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm


      i know. 😦

  • 23. FabricatingFiction  |  January 10, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Oh – my heart hurts!

    • 24. plaridel  |  January 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm


      the fact that it happens in real life makes it more tragic.

  • 26. patriciaruthsusan  |  January 12, 2016 at 6:49 am

    This reminds me of Greyfriars Bobby who guarded his owner’s grave until he himself died and a statue was made of him. Well done, Plaridel. — Suzanne

  • 28. Dawn Quyle Landau  |  January 12, 2016 at 10:52 am

    What a lovely story, Plaridel. We had very good friends who fled their country. A stray dog found them, a few months before they fled, and they made sure they brought him with them. The dog was a symbol of their new life… it was so touching. Your story reminds me of their story. Thanks for that!

    • 29. plaridel  |  January 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm


      i’m glad they were able to bring the dog with them.


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