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Flash fiction- The day shadows turned to blackness. Annart's challenge.

Updated on October 24, 2014
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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The shadows turned to blackness.

The sun is just rising on a peaceful day at Burnham lake in the U.K. Timmy is wide awake and full of adventurous energy. He eats his breakfast and drinks the last drop of milk before asking Mommie if he can go down to the lake. He's lived in the same house on the same lake for all of his ten years. She answers, " yes, but be careful. "

Timmy is standing by the lake. The sun is dancing across the water illuminating the golden sparkling hues.

He thinks, " Mommie didn't say not to wade. I can't hear any sounds, so I think I'll wade out a little further. Humm I think I hear a bell out in the distance, could it be a cruise ship?, shucks I wish I'd brought Old Shep with me, he's my seeing eye friend. I can't remember a single day when I didn't have Old Shep, he's ten years old too. "

You see, I'm blind. I only see shadows. Shep sees everything and barks happily when he sees something he thinks I will like.

I think I'll wade out a little further. I feel a whirling eddy under my toe's, it feels so good! I wonder if that bell I hear is coming from an ocean liner with bright dazzling lights?, if so, soon I'll hear the music. I lean forward a bit and lose my footing, down in the water, I feel cold. I quickly come up for air and hear Old Shep barking, I'm trying to go to him but the current is pulling me out to sea. " I'm scared " I yell. I feel Shep, he's pulling on my pants, struggling to get me back to shore. I feel dizzy, too much water in my belly. I feel Shep pulling harder and harder, soon I have my arms around him. " Oh Shep what's happening to us? " I feel his tight muscles relax, he slowly drifts away. I see only blackness as i drift endlessly out to the misty sea.

Suddenly Timmy feels strong hands lifting him. He hears Shep whimpering, his father is doing CPR, he's spewing vomit, then He hears his mommie softly crying. He feels Shep's wet nose on his face. He breathes a happy sigh of relief.

Mommie and daddy hold him so close he can hardly breathe, Shep is right in the middle licking his face. " Oh happy day " Timmy is thinking and making an nonverbal vow to never go into the water alone again. "




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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eddy, so glad to see you. Thank you for the brilliant comment.

      Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again Cam. When I first published this it was in the pending mode, so I thought HP was not going to publish it because it was too short. ( That has happened a few times. ) so I added to it. Sorry you were confused but happy you liked it. Thank you

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shyron, your comment is so uplifting! Thank you. I really never thought of myself as a writer, I mostly like to rhyme, but I love to write for a challenge. I guess the more you write and take that chance, you grow as a writer.

      Blessings and lots of hugs my poet friend...

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Ruby.

      Enjoy your day .

      Eddy.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Ruby, I just reread your story. I must have been on the verge of falling asleep, because the first time, I somehow stopped reading two paragraphs too early. You didn't kill Timmy and Shep. Oh happy day. Sorry I misread before. It is a great story.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, you are great at this flash fiction, and you are an amazing writer, I am blessed to have you for my friend.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Theresa, when I wrote the first part, Timmy and Shep drowned, but it wasn't published, it was just pending, so i assumed it was too short and added his rescue and it was published. I'm sorry for the mix-up. I'm glad you liked the photo. Thank you for the excellent comment and for sharing....God bless..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Harishprased. Your comment is so sweet. I'm thrilled you enjoyed this tiny tale. Thank you for sharing....Smiles..

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ruby, I don't know how I missed this heartrending hub of Timmy and Shep! You certainly do have this flash fiction style down. Had to read it twice because I thought it had a happy ending but I see some commenting about a sad ending. This had my heart beating so fast. I love the photo of the boy and the yellow lab, who reminds me of my childhood pet. Excellent! Voted up ++++tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing God bless

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Ruby, this is such an amazing piece of flash fiction. Timmy is such a cute kid and what a wonderful chap this Shep is ! Everything is so vivid in this tiny tale. Loved reading this very sweet hub. You responded to Ann's challenge so well. Voted up and shared.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. Nice to see you again. Thank you for coming by....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell. Old Shep is a hero! Thank you for the nice compliment. So glad you enjoyed...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. Why don't you take a look at the picture and write your version? You could do it in poetic fashion if you wanted to. So happy you enjoyed this one..Smiling..

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautifully written and you have great thoughts here. Voted up!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      You are certainly great at this flash fiction! loved the story Ruby! and yes old Shep saves the day!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Different slant from Billy and Mary's. Nice interaction and cool ending. A friendly and approachable touch. Nice one, my sweet friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      John, I spoke too quickly. It is featured. Woopie....

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Ruby, loved the happy ending better

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello btrbell, so glad you enjoyed my version. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      John, hubpages had not featured my first story. I guess it was too short, so I added to it. It is still pending? Who knows if it will be featured? I'm not going to let it make me feel bad like I felt when I left and wrote on another site. I love it here too much. I hope you like the addition. Thank you...

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I was holding my breath until the end! Especially after reading John and Chris's stories! Great job! Up++

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Ruby....you are sneaky. You slipped in a happy ending without telling anyone. I commented after thinking Timmy and Shep both drowned....then I see Genna saying she was pleased with a happy ending...what?? I went back and realised that you had added to the ending :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Genna, I'm so pleased when I see you. Your comments are always uplifting which builds confidence in a writer. I think I like flash fiction better than a long story, I don't know why, I guess my attention span is geared that way. You can still add your story to Ann's challenge, I know it will be beautiful...Thank you so much for your constant encouragement..

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is great flash fiction. I can’t write in this style and am envious of those who do this so well. Billy is right – this is your niche, my friend. I’m so pleased with the happy ending. The fact that Timmy is blind shows in the painting…what a unique, creative idea and perspective! Well done, Ruby. Voted up and shared.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello jhamann. Happy to share. Thank you for commenting it was a great story...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Phyllis. I love your comment and glad you enjoyed my story. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. I'm glad you liked my story. Happy endings are much easier to write. I liked the fact that you saw a moral too. Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. I know it's totally different, but I can't pass up a challenge. I added to it after posting the first part, hoping HP would feature it. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cardisa. I hope you do get the time and energy to join in the challenge, it's a lot of fun seeing the different versions written. Thank you for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank, so glad you think I got it right. Thank you so much...

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Wow, what a great story. Tragic ending and all. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very good story, Ruby. I held my breath as Shep drifted away. A happy ending with a lesson well-learned.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank goodness Timmy and Shep are safe! I guess when Shep drifted away he was actually going for help. Just like Timmy and Lassie from long ago.

      Great story, Ruby. And it even comes complete with a moral to the story!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. What an interesting turn you have given us with this story. You lead us to the very end of the high diving board and then you pushed us off.

      This is very different from your jaunty 'I Traded in my truck' poetry that you just published.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      DJ. I needed a laugh after writing this. " Floating past Spain " HaHa.. So glad you came by...

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      Carolee Samuda 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Sad but compelling story Ruby. I wish I had time or the energy to do one of these challenges. Very well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Always.. you're always getting it right.. this challange proves to be just that a challenge and you got it right

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hauntingly tragic, I can visualize Mommie when she discovers...

      Your wings are spreading beautifully, Ruby. Love, Maria

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Why am I always a day late and a dollar short?

      I don't know anything about a challenge but you surely wrote this up right. Poor Shep! Was the current just too much for him?

      Timmy needs his little boduncus blistered if he does make it out alive.

      He should have know better than to walk out in the water. What is it with kids these days?

      Shep could probably have lived another year or two, but it was just too much for him.

      I hope Timmy thinks about that when he is floating past Spain!

      Good job, Ruby!! :-)

      DJ.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello tillsontitan. Yes, it was sad to write, my heart wanted to save him but the story teller in me went the other way. I'm so glad you enjoyed, and I'm also glad that Ann gave us this challenge. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Cam, if I'm not mistaken you are the one who got me interested in writing flash fiction. A totally new genre for me and I love it. There must be something bad lingering in our psyche, we are killing our characters by the droves. Hee. So glad you enjoyed...

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This had to be tough to write...talk about tugging at the heart strings. I thought sure Old Shep would save the day, but life doesn't always have a happy ending.

      I loved your interpretation of the picture and I'm so glad Ann started this challenge.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      John, that song reminds me of my brother Fred. He had a dog named Shep, I guess they were inseparable when he was a boy, ( before I was born ) I loved hearing the stories about them hunting mink back in the Indiana woods. I'm so glad you could relate to the song. Thank you for sharing that...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I'm thrilled, so happy you enjoyed. I must say that I felt sad writing the ending. Thank you so much for the challenge. Writing has become so much of my life lately. I love it....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Audrey, you manage to say so much in just a few words. So glad you came by my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. I love writing a challenge story. I'm happy it touched you. I felt sad writing the end but that's the way I felt at the time. Thank you so much....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, it gives me much satisfaction when I read that you loved something I write. Maybe I have found my niche? I do know that I love writing more and more everyday. I read yours today and it was beautiful, it is funny how we all went in different directions. I loved them all so far. I hope there's more. Thank you..

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Ruby, I'm so glad you joined the fray. You have done a marvelous job. I don't get why we seem to be killing everybody we write about, but you did a good job of it. Thanks for sharing, Ruby. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh Ruby, this is the saddest one yet. I wanted Shep to save Timmy so bad...damn. "Old Shep" was a song on one of the first music albums I owned...loved that sad song. Well done.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great response! You've got so much in so few words.

      Each contribution makes the whole thing better and better; I'm amazed!

      Thank you so much for taking up the challenge. Your angle is so different too.

      Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Yup--you are just excellent at it!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      One for all the Sheps out there. They are doing such a incredible job of improving and saving lives. Well done, your story is heartfelt and beautiful. A very touching response to Ann's challenge.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I think you have found your niche. You are very good at this flash fiction stuff. Isn't it interesting how different writers can look at the same picture and come up with such different approaches to it? I love it!