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Friday Fictioneers – Peanut

27 February, 2015

Seven of your earth days have passed since we last gathered around the virtual campfire and told stories into the night. Not just random tales, but 100-word flash fiction inspired by Chief FriFicer and CampfireStoker Rochelle. This adorable pic was our starting point this week:

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and (eventually) the 100 words I dragged from inside my head were these:

 

 

Every morning at 8.15, Sally says goodbye and leaves for school. Every morning, Peanut follows.

She walks alongside the train track towards Applehill village and he trots behind, his tail and tongue lolling contentedly. They cross the river, pass the church. At 8.50 they reach the school gate. Sally hugs him and says, “Go home Peanut!”

He scampers to Applehill West station, jumps aboard the 9.12 and at 9.45 he is home, scratching at the door.
“What a clever dog,” everyone says. But if he was really clever he’d get the express from Applehill Central and be home by 9.20.

 

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28 Comments
  1. Funny and great name for a dog.

  2. mscwhite permalink

    Loved the twist at the end!

  3. Peanut probably wants to save the extra fare so he can take a vacation someday. Glad you dragged these words from your head, they gave me a chuckle this morning.

  4. Dear TRG,

    Excellent story and dog after my own heart. You nailed this one.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  5. Dear RG,

    What I want to know is how Peanut pays the fare without opposable thumbs. You made me laugh. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  6. Maybe Peanut enjoys the more leisurely ride?

  7. Smart dog, this Peanut character. Thanks for the early morning smile.

  8. What a cute story! I love it. Great control of pace and feeling – the ending just pops.

  9. Lazy dog. I’m smiling.

  10. Especially enjoyed the names for places and creatures–the hallmark of good world-building. Got a chuckle out of the ending.

  11. Applehill village sounds a delightful place. I’ve lived in villages most of my life and walked alongside a few train tracks, too. I’d have loved a ‘Peanut’ for company – he’s an unusually clever pooch. I think he might just catch on about heading for Applehill Central … Lovely story. 🙂

    • Thanks Millie, I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Maybe Peanut will change his journey one day. Or maybe he likes the longer journey and to watch the world go by.

  12. Not the brightest of pooches, is he? Fun story.

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