Friday Fictioneers – Uprising

ff250214Hillfield was an innocent, forgotten place before the hailstorm – before the barking began.

It was Manny Harding’s snarling collies who cornered me in the park. Emptiness, where once docile brown eyes looked out lovingly upon anyone who stopped to stroke their black and white fur.

Miss Mulberry’s Pekinese , a spiteful, feted beast who’d spent most of his days in the oversized handbag of his owner, now worked with two Newfoundlands and a pack of Golden Retrievers to corral the stragglers.

They drove us to the edge of town; their frenzied howls made it clear we weren’t welcome back.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge

21 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Uprising

  1. Simon John Cox

    A really original and imaginative take on the prompt, and it fits the image so well! Until I read your piece I hadn’t thought that the dog could be doing anything other than following – thanks for forcing me to flip my perception around.

  2. bykimberlylynne

    Having run afoul of a spiteful, feted beast on several occasions (notably a Chihuahua, a toy poodle, and one certifiably psycho doxie) this one gave me the shivers. Barking mad. Loved it.

  3. dmmacilroy

    Dear Paul,

    What is a ‘feted’ beast? Someone threw it a party? And how does one ‘coral’ stragglers? Is there a reef nearby? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Spellcheck is not your friend.

    Great concept, cool story. I wonder whether climbing a tree would help. Cats on the fritz as well?



    1. paulmclem Post author

      Feted means to pay honour to i.e. a feted beast is another way of saying a pampered pooch. Yep, coral should be corral. Spellchecker wouldn’t flag it though as coral is a valid word. Thanks for the feedback.


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