[Flash Fiction] The Hug He Always Wanted

The dumpster reeked of rotten food, but he could barely register it above the stench of his own blood. At first, the pain blinded him. It was all he could do to keep his protruding hind leg bones from jutting out further. Now, he barely felt anything as he waited to die.

Fitting, really. He was born on the streets, and here he was, tossed unceremoniously back like a broken-what, exactly? He was as valuable as trash.

What hurt more than his body was the belief that he was finally going home with one of those good humans he had heard so much about, only to be used as a bait dog when he got there.

Good humans. He spat out some drool mingled with dried blood. There were no such thing.

A gasp caught his ears but everything was already turning black. The last things he remembered were hands, soft ones that didn’t hurt, clasped around him, picking him up gently like he was…important, valuable.

Ah…this must be what the humans call a hug.

© Jade M. Wong 2016

Credit: Yinglan

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers and Sacha Black’s Writespiration #91. Word Count: 175

Double prompt combo! Haven’t done one in awhile, and the muse was scribbling away when she saw both these prompts.


36 thoughts on “[Flash Fiction] The Hug He Always Wanted

  1. Aw such a sad story to begin with. You can understand why some dogs are so afraid of humans. But I like your happy end, a hug. I hope the dog becomes well, and truly, this time, has found his forever home — with lots more hugs to come. Beautifully written.

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    1. Lol! Well, the ending is vague and in a way, can be interpreted different ways. You thinking that the person might not be friendly just shows I have some tweaking to do 😉 Thanks Fionn 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much 🙂 Animals do go through some horrific things, and I tried to give a tiny glimpse of that. I consider a job well done that you were able to feel the emotions.


    1. Thanks Mike! Personifying animals is always interesting, they’re just like any other characters after all, but now we have to see through their eyes. I’m glad you liked this dog’s voice, and I’m glad you enjoyed the ride!


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