Nate looked at the man playing ball with his dog by the river, and his heart broke with despair.

Photo courtesy Wildverbs

That dog was magnificent, tall, muscular, shiny coat glistening in the sunlight. Nate looked at Roger sitting next to him- a runt, under-developed and under-nourished.

He had taken Roger under his wings when Roger’s mother had sacrificed her life saving Nate from a herd of wildebeest in Africa. He had sworn then that he would take care of Roger forever.

But life as a veteran had been tough back in America. Still, whatever little he managed to scavenge, he always shared equally with Roger. His code of honour would not allow him to do otherwise.

The man now threw the ball hard in the air, and it flew way beyond his dog, straight into the river. “Brutus, fetch!” the man shouted, and the dog rushed into the river.

“Roger, fetch” said Nate, and Roger too slipped gently into the river. Nate heaved a sigh of relief. At least his pet crocodile would not go hungry today.


175 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy.  The challenge is to write a story in 175 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt.  For more information visit HERE. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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23 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    You hid your twist very well in this tale. I didn’t see it coming.

  2. Akshata Ram says:

    This is awesome.. loved the twist Anurag . I had to read it twice but your cleverness had me smiling

  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    An unexpected though cruel twist. Very well crafted.

  4. One of the best stories I have read today. Brilliant twist at the end.

  5. Being a dog lover, I don’t like Roger (or Nate for that matter)! 🙂

  6. Chilling! A very surprise twist at the end! Great story!

  7. Bhagyashree says:

    What a twist!! I too had to read it twice to understand😁

  8. I had to read the last line twice also. What a clever yet cruel twist of ending. Well done! 🙂

  9. Iain Kelly says:

    Man, that is harsh on Roger!

  10. michael1148humphris says:

    Interesting and a great misdirect,

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