Buster Lives On

May 22, 2019 at 1:39 pm 54 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 May 2019

J. Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J. Hardy Carroll

 
For her daughter Abby’s birthday, Emily bought a Pin the Tail on the Donkey Game Set.

It reminded Emily of Buster, the miniature donkey, that her parents cared for on their farm when she was growing up. He had been part of her birthday celebrations until his sudden death that broke her heart.

Many years had passed since then. She left home, went to college, got married and had a family of her own. But the memories of her beloved pet remained.

“Buster lives on!” Emily thought as she watched Abby and her friends having a blast playing the game.

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54 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  May 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Pets do certainly create lasting memories.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      iain:

      i say amen to that.

      Reply
  • 3. Susan A Eames  |  May 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Ah, sweet story. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 5. Na'ama Yehuda  |  May 22, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Aww… This was sweetly done.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

      na’ama:

      i deeply appreciate your encouraging comment. thank you.

      Reply
      • 7. Na'ama Yehuda  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:52 am

        πŸ™‚ My pleasure! Always fun to read different ways of interpreting the prompt! πŸ™‚ Rochelle’s Friday Fictionneers is an especially fun one!

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        • 8. plaridel  |  May 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

          na’ama:

          yes, rochelle is the great motivator. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 9. Tannille  |  May 22, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Aw. Buster indeed does live on.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

      tannille:

      as long as he’s remembered, he’d continue to live on.

      Reply
  • 11. Fatima Fakier  |  May 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Pets offer such much-needed companionship to children that it has a lasting impact on them.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

      fatima:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 13. draliman  |  May 23, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Sweet! Though Abby may be wanting a real donkey of her own soon…

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    • 14. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

      draliman:

      sadly, living in the big city won’t make it possible.

      Reply
  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 23, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I’m sure she doesn’t need paper and pins to remind her of Buster! What a delightful tail (pardon the pun!)

    My story – ‘A stab in the dark’

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    • 16. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

      keith:

      thank you for liking the story. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  May 23, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I had a dog who died suddenly about 46 years ago. I still miss her. I can relate to Emily. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

      rochelle:

      me too.

      Reply
  • 19. patriciaruthsusan  |  May 23, 2019 at 6:45 am

    A lovely story, Plaridel. Many a pet has lived on in memory. Well written. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • 20. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

      suzanne:

      coming from you it’s a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 21. granonine  |  May 23, 2019 at 7:33 am

    A story both sad and happy–which is true to life.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  May 23, 2019 at 9:15 am

      linda:

      i find your comment very encouraging. thank you.

      Reply
  • 23. Brenda's Thoughts  |  May 23, 2019 at 10:39 am

    And so Buster lives on and Emily gets to know the pet her mother loved. A very sweet story! =)

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    • 24. plaridel  |  May 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

      brenda:

      i’m sure mom has a lot of story to tell. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 25. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  May 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Long live prince Buster! Can you actually buy pin the tail on the donkey sets? Thats insane! Good stuff mind

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    • 26. plaridel  |  May 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

      shrawley,

      yes, you can buy it amazon if interested. it’s on sale right now.

      Reply
  • 29. Abhijit Ray  |  May 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Buster certainly living through her child. Only problem is pin is being pricked into his body. Painful is it not?

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    • 30. plaridel  |  May 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

      abhijit:

      it’s just a make-believe. everybody would survive unscathed. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. Dale  |  May 24, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Sweet story, Plaridel!

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    • 32. plaridel  |  May 24, 2019 at 10:10 am

      dale:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for the usual support.

      Reply
  • 33. msjadeli  |  May 24, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    What a happy, gentle reminder of a beloved pet. Good story.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  May 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      msjadeli:

      thank you for your generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
      • 35. msjadeli  |  May 25, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        You are very welcome.

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        • 36. plaridel  |  May 27, 2019 at 9:29 am

          msjadeli:

          awesome! πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 37. patrickprinsloo  |  May 25, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Hooray. Childhood memories live!

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      patrick:

      yes, they live for as long as we care to remember them. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 39. James McEwan  |  May 25, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Nice story. Yes childhood memories are the best.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  May 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      james:

      keep the good ones and toss out the rest. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 41. bearmkwa  |  May 25, 2019 at 6:26 am

    A beautifully sad story. Great writing!

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 25, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      bearmkwa:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 43. pennygadd51  |  May 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Lovely story, and very believable.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  May 25, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      penny:

      i’m glad you think so. i appreciate your comment very much. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 45. Alicia Jamtaas  |  May 25, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for going on the lighter side with your story. Sweet memory.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  May 25, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      alicia:

      it’ll always depends on the mood i’m in when start to write. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 47. michaelwynnauthor  |  May 26, 2019 at 4:27 am

    I think everyone remembers their first pets with nostalgia and sadness. Well written.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  May 27, 2019 at 9:29 am

      mick:

      pets will always have a special place in our memory.

      Reply
  • 49. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 26, 2019 at 11:31 am

    What a wonderful to create a memory.

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    • 50. plaridel  |  May 27, 2019 at 9:28 am

      bjΓΆrn:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 51. Russell Gayer  |  May 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    When I was about 12 my dad bought a little donkey. She had a colt a few months later. Jenny was very friendly, but not a good ride. She walked really slow. πŸ™‚

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    • 52. plaridel  |  May 27, 2019 at 9:28 am

      russell:

      i guess it was a typical donkey. nice to have when you weren’t in a rush to go some place. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 53. Margaret  |  May 28, 2019 at 2:14 am

    We never forget the animals we’ve been close to. Your story captures the little girl’s thoughts and fears very well.

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    • 54. plaridel  |  May 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      margaret:

      what a great compliment. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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