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December 23, 2020 at 9:04 am 43 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 December 2020

Trish Nankivell
Photo Credit: Trish Nankivell

 
“Mom, isn’t it cute?” Abby exclaimed after seeing a mouse sleeping under the Christmas tree. “I want it as a pet.”

“Absolutely not,” Dolores replied. “It doesn’t belong in the house.”

Since the intruder kept returning, Dolores went to the store to find a humane way to get rid of it.

“If you catch and release it outside, it’ll just come back,” the salesman said.

He suggested a spring-activated trap with cheese as bait for its last meal.

Shortly thereafter, Abby wondered why the mouse stopped showing up.

“Beats me,β€œ Dolores shrugged. β€œMaybe it found a better place to stay.”

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  December 23, 2020 at 9:24 am

    There was an alternative. Releasing it some distance away would prevent it returning

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 9:55 am

      neil:

      excellent idea. it might work. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Susan Eames  |  December 23, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Sweet story. (We released our mouse a long way from our house and it still found it’s way ‘home’!) πŸ™‚

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      susan:

      it only shows mice are smarter than we think. πŸ™‚

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  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  December 23, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Poor Abby – when she learns the truth.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      iain:

      mom will never tell until she’s old enough to understand.

      Reply
  • 7. Lucy  |  December 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

    A sweet and sad story.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      lucy:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. ceayr  |  December 23, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I wonder if mice have a heaven…

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      ceayr:

      i wanted to believe.

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  • 11. rochellewisoff  |  December 23, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    Kind of bittersweet, but if I’d been Delores I would’ve done the same. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      rochelle:

      i don’t blame you at all. mice are health hazards.

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  • 13. msjadeli  |  December 23, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    When my kids were little we caught any that found their way in with a live trap and released them down in the marsh — where they probably became hawk food.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      msjadeli:

      om first thought, it must be most humane way to do it regardless of the consequences. πŸ™‚

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  • 15. David Stewart  |  December 23, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Must have gone to a farm upstate, as they say. πŸ™‚ My parents always use live traps and release them very far away. No idea if they ever find their way back or not.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:36 am

      david:

      it could be the humane way to do it.

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  • 17. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    hmm … well, perhaps it hitched a ride on Santa’s sled …

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:35 am

      na’ama:

      that will be a trip to remember indeed. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 20. Brenda's Thoughts  |  December 23, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    I think the mouse caught wind what was about to happen unless Abby has it stowed away under her bed. πŸ™‚ Sweet story. Happy holidays, Plaridel!

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    • 21. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:35 am

      brenda:

      the mouse was a goner alright. πŸ™‚

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  • 22. justjoyfulness  |  December 23, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    A better place under the ground πŸ˜‰ Hope little Abby never finds out.

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    • 23. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:35 am

      justjoyfulness:

      mom’s lips are sealed. πŸ™‚

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  • 24. Tannille  |  December 24, 2020 at 1:34 am

    The things adults say to protect children. A cat might be a solution. Pet for Abby and mice stay gone.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:34 am

      tannille:

      a cat must be the answer to scare mice away.

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  • 26. bearmkwa  |  December 24, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Ugh! poor mouse.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:34 am

      jellico:

      i know.

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  • 28. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 24, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Awww. The fate of many a little mouse!

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    • 29. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:34 am

      keith:

      such is life.

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  • 30. liz young  |  December 24, 2020 at 8:39 am

    The mouse chose the wrong house.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:34 am

      liz:

      it looked that way.

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  • 32. pennygadd51  |  December 24, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Like Tannille, I think the smart thing would have been to give Abby a cat, preferably a kitten from a farm cat’s kindle. I’m glad Dolores spared Abby’s feelings; you really can’t have mice in the house.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  December 25, 2020 at 9:51 am

      penny:

      excellent idea.

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  • 34. granonine  |  December 24, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    One does what one must πŸ™‚

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    • 35. plaridel  |  December 25, 2020 at 9:51 am

      linda:

      true that.

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  • 36. draliman  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Oh no 😦 When I had mice a few years ago, I caught them and drove them a few miles away for release. They never came back πŸ™‚

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    • 37. plaridel  |  December 25, 2020 at 9:50 am

      draliman:

      hopefully, they didn’t. otherwise, what a waste of gas. πŸ™‚

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  • 38. Lisa  |  December 25, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Cute, but not loose in the house! House mice actually have little chance of surviving in the wild.

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    • 39. plaridel  |  December 25, 2020 at 9:50 am

      lisa:

      somehow there should be a middle ground.

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  • 40. Michael  |  December 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Poor mouse, he just wanted to be fed. Then put on a jet plane to a far flung warm island. Just like most of us

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    • 41. plaridel  |  December 29, 2020 at 8:31 am

      michael:

      i think he’d be delighted for sure. πŸ™‚

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  • 42. Fatima Fakier  |  December 25, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I had a frog in the pond a few months back. It made a hell of a lot of noise at night! So I caught it and released it just outside our house. I thought the yard walls would keep it out. Literally hours later it was back in the pond a-croaking!

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    • 43. plaridel  |  December 29, 2020 at 8:31 am

      fatima:

      it only goes to show these little creatures are smarter than we think. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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