Flash Fiction: 55-word story: Home


This is prompted by FIFTY5WORDS


Helen’s previous forest walks had been on summer nights.  Now, dry leaves scrunched underfoot – and then, also, from behind her! 

She kept swinging round.  Nothing.  

The sounds followed as Helen started back. Panic increased.  Run!

Great the relief on safely reaching home.

Duty completed, the protectively shadowing wolfhound returned to his own home next door.

Irish wolfhound 

Footnote:  I have had personal experience of Wolfhounds behaving in this way – protecting from out of sight.  They are wonderful dogs – very sad that they are so short-lived.  In their 6 -10 years of life they take total hold of one’s heart.

© Colonialist June 2013 (WordPress)



About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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35 Responses to Flash Fiction: 55-word story: Home

  1. fifty5words says:

    Thanks for the acknowledgement!


  2. Lovely! Red Riding Hood wouldn’t have had all her problems had a similar wolfhound been available…


  3. adinparadise says:

    Lovely story, Col. 🙂


  4. I loved this, Col. I had a similar experience with a German Shepherd.


  5. The picture is black. Is that deliberate?


  6. 68ghia says:

    Quite the beautiful story Col 🙂


  7. Sonel says:

    Well done and written Col! I could hear my own breathing as well..hehehehe. Gosh! So glad it was only the dog..LOL!
    They are gorgeous furry kids for sure. 😀
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day and weekend! *hugs*


  8. viv blake says:

    I had a friend who could not get near her kitchen stove for fear of treading on the huge canine rug that spread herself across the floor. I loved Lucy, too, but she could make life difficult.


  9. adeeyoyo says:

    … so close to being human… is what I meant to say.


  10. adeeyoyo says:

    I know, that’s the tragedy. I used always to have German Shepherds and they are so close to human beings as well.


  11. Precious creatures… we’ve had afghans, salukis, a borzoi,, a bull mastiff. a labrador, boxer, boxer mastiff cross, and six cavalier King Charles – all rescued – three at a time


  12. bulldog says:

    Brilliant short story.. and I didn’t know that about Wolfhounds… I know the Australian Blue is ..


    • Colonialist says:

      It also doesn’t seem to be generally known that the Wolfhound is the tallest of all breeds. Mine could place forefeet on my shoulders and rest the chin on top of my head.


  13. nrhatch says:

    I feel the same about Great Danes . . . they never live long enough.


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