Roger Shipp hosts the FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: challenge. This week’s picture is selected from UNSPLASH … Taylor Murphy.
It had been an interesting two years since Jax came into their lives.
He had enriched it in so many ways, but it was so hard to let him go.
They had found him, lost and abandoned, and taken him home, where he became the son they never had.
They realised Jax was special way before he let them share his secret. Trust was built on both sides, and when they discovered just how privileged they were that he had chosen them, well, all three of them cried.
Now the time had come for Jax to return to his roots, so here they were at the same spot where they had first met.
They stood back and listened as Jax called to the sky. His heavy set collar began to glow and he turned to his loyal friends and companions.
‘Thank you,’ he said. ‘ If my race could love, I have felt it being with you. Adopting the form of a canine seemed the most appropriate way to blend in with humans. I am honoured to have known you and saying goodbye makes my heart heavy. I cannot stay, but my doppelganger will be waiting for you when you return, though obviously he will not be vocal as I have been. I know you will look after each other for a good many years to come.’
He closed his eyes, and with a wag of his tail was transported heavenwards.