Friday Fictioneers – Keeping The Memory Alive


They’d married young. Too young folks had said, but they loved each other.

It started out just fine. Him working, her making a home. Her illness shattered him. Her death saw a darkness enshroud him; he’s been on the road ever since.

Back in town today Annie’s dress is still there. The little money he earns from odd jobs ensures the storekeeper leaves it on display. Not for sale though. Never.

Wiping away a tear, Hairy Bob gathers up his knapsack before turning towards his faithful old lab, Mugwump.

‘Come on boy – she’ll still be there when we come this way again. Bye for now Annie my love.’


This is my entry into this weeks 100 word challenge over at Friday FictioneersIt features happy go lucky tramp Hairy Bob and his dog Mugwump.  Hairy is a recurring character of mine who features in stories from time to time. It’s not an ongoing tale; just occasional slices of life through the eyes of Hairy and Mugwump. 

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Keeping The Memory Alive

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks for the comment. Yeh, just thought it would be fun to explore possible reasons why some people end up falling out of society. Events such as the one experienced by Hairy are perhaps one. Yes, it’s a bit weird to keep the wedding dress in the window, but if it helps him keep Annie alive then I suppose there’s no harm done.

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat

    I usually balk at serials or recurring characters in these 100 word prompts, but I didn’t even realize that was the case until I read your disclaimer at the bottom. This was well realized. Very well done.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      I agree about serials Helena. Hairy and Mugwump will only pop up from time to time as characters in self contained stories. Even then I don’t plan to use them that much as I’ve decided to set up a section on my blog dedicated to their stories i.e. their adventures will be a separate writing stream. That said they may still feature on FF/Trifecta when the mood takes me 🙂


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