His Master

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover image: Sebastian Pociecha on Unsplash.

His Master

The dog lowered it’s body towards the ground as it heard the approach of his master. There had been no food or water for two days, and in spite of the fear of what might be to come, the dog still wagged it’s tail in hope.

The man opened the enclosure and called the dog to him. Eyes looked in a hope that soon faded as the dog saw no sign of a bowl of food or water. At least the man did not seem menacing for once. Warily, the dog moved to its master’s side.

Right, now you should be good and hungry,” the man said. “That should get your hunting instincts going. Now, find a trail and make a kill. A dog that won’t hunt is no good to me.”

As if sensing the man’s foot raised, ready to give it a kick, the dog sprinted forwards. Water! Just a dirty puddle but it would do to quench his thirst. The man came lumbering towards him, cursing under his breath but again the dog moved forward before his master was close enough to reach him.

Sniffing the ground and the air, the dog’s nose caught a scent. Fox; he was sure of it. Perhaps his master would feed him well if he managed to hunt the animal down. Trusting his own instincts and ignoring the shouts from his master, the dog began to track the scent.

Sometimes it grew fainter and the dog would have to sniff around to find the direction that the fox had taken. It never took more than a couple of seconds so the distance between himself and the man was maintained.

The hedges grew thicker and the grass much longer. The dog could sense that he was almost upon his prey, so strong was the scent. He ignored the brambles that scratched at his legs and his face, and pushed forwards until he found himself in a clearing. In front of him was a vixen and two young cubs.

The dog stood completely still. He knew what his master wanted him to do, but as his eyes met the terrified ones of the fox he knew he could not do it. His master might be a killer, but he was not. By the time the man caught up, the dog stood between him and the foxes.

What the hell are you doing?” the man roared. “Three for one! Get on and kill the vermin, would you.”

The dog growled, but the focus of its anger was the man.

Jeez! Do I have to do everything myself? Fair enough.” He swung a rifle round from his back. “You’re useless. Lucky I have enough bullets to include you, eh.” And he laughed.

The dog took everything in; the shaking of the fox and cubs, the movements of the man. He wasn’t a killer, was he? As he launched himself at his master’s throat he realized that perhaps he did have it in himself after all.


Submitted: January 24, 2021

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Mike S.

Serves the bastard owner right; excellent, Hull

Sun, January 24th, 2021 6:40pm

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Thanks, Mike!

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:48am

Ian D. Mooby

The way a man treats his animals say a lot about the man. Starving a dog doesn't make it a better hunter.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 7:15pm

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There is a lot of animal cruelty in the world these days. There probably always has been, but I can still hope that there won't always be.
Thanks for reading.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:47am

Joe Stuart

Hah! I knew that you wouldn't let the dog kill the foxes, Hully. A well told story with a well deserved ending.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 8:11pm

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You know me too well, Joe. I think it would be hard for me to surprise you with an ending, especially when animals are involved.
Thanks so much for giving this a read.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:45am

88 fingers

After the first few sentences, I was hoping the dog would turn the tables. Good story.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 8:52pm

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Thank you so much, 88!

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:44am

Celtic-Scribe63

Another fine tale from you, with a good moral lesson for all to learn. Do not mistreat animals. They deserve our respect.

Regards
CS63

Sun, January 24th, 2021 10:23pm

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Thank you, C-S. If only everyone would agree, but they don't. Twitter has opened up my eyes to some true hunting horrors.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:39am

D. Thurmond aka JEF

Good story Hul, Moral and all.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 11:34pm

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Thanks, JE.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:36am

RomanBoukreev

He deserved this. I think that a hungry dog is more dangerous.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 11:55pm

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Definitely. Thanks so much for reading, Roman.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:35am

AdamCarlton

A fairy-tale for our times. C'mon kids, listen up!

Mon, January 25th, 2021 8:31am

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Hunting... I hate it! You probably have a good idea how much. Thanks, Adam.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:33am

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