Saturday, January 14, 2017

Relieved

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Together, they had been through much unspeakable action. But, Sarge was now old and tired.

The young officer knew this partnership had reached an end. “Sarge, with all due respect, you are relieved of active duty.”

Removing the old dog’s leash for the last time, he said, “You’re home.”



Story: McGuffy Ann Morris


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20 comments:

  1. Another beautiful and heartfelt story. We love the relationship between service people and their animals. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers. How is Chloe Jo doing? XO, Janet

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    1. Thanks, Janet. Military animals work very hard, as do their "handlers". It is a special relationship.

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  2. Lovely short(est) fictional story, yet not that fictional, right? Thank you for being so patient with sARTurday and myself :)

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    1. Flash fiction is a great writing exercise. It is not always easy to be concise. For years, I really had to work at it! But it helps with poetry, too.

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  3. That was wet whiskers wonderful!

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  4. What a difficult ending for the master to go through, saying goodbye to his best friend. Beautiful short story.
    Hugs, Julia

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  5. They deserve to retire with honor and dignity to a home with their much loved partners!

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  6. Oh! That was perfect, Annie. You've done an amazing job of capturing the relationship between service animals and their handlers!

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  7. Lovely story. Wonderful take on the challenge.

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  8. Wow. I've never read more powerful ideas in fewer words. It's an incredible skill to have. I've struggled on the other side for years ... in school, my essays were always twice as long as everyone else's and even blogging now, my posts tend toward the long side. And this comment is quite possibly longer than your story :p

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  9. Oh I literally clapped out loud when I read the word "leash!!!" Yeah - I got so emotional seriously. Bravo my friend.

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  10. Excellent use of the inspiration word and an excellent mini-story. Your writing prompts the reader to use their imagination to fill in so many ideas.

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  11. Lovely, absolutely lovely. Well done.

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  12. Annie, this is a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with In Other Words. Definitely a great take on the prompt.

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  13. I always think it is wonderful when officers are able to adopt their retired K9 partners. It's a positive thing and should always be an option for the officer, I think.

    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2017/01/three-leaved-cautionary-tale.html

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  14. Oh, that's lovely! Do you enter flash fiction contests? This would be perfect.

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