A Tale with a happy ending

Cold and wet, tired and exhausted, she pulled herself out of the river and flopped onto the bank.
It felt so good to have something solid under her back and not have to fight to keep herself from sinking.
She needed food, warmth and shelter. It was no good lying here to rest. She would freeze to death and become just another statistic.
Shivering, she headed for the lights a short distance away, knowing there were scraps to be had and hopefully somewhere to lie down and sleep.

She scavenged around the dumpster and found a half eaten hamburger which would do for now. The fries were covered in salt and sauce so of no use to her.
‘Hello,’ said a booming voice. ‘What have we here?’
She tried to bolt, but strong hands stopped her in her tracks and picked her up.
She was trembling with fear now and hoped if there was a God that he would take her quickly and not make her suffer more than she already had.
Too weak to fight, she passed out.

When she awoke, she was in a warm cab, tucked in a thick jumper.
‘Hello sweetie,’ said the voice.
It belonged to a trucker and he pushed a saucer of water towards her. There was also a small dish with some food in it, and she ate hungrily.
‘Not so fast little one,’ he said smoothing her fur. ‘There’s no rush. I’ll look after you.’
She looked up into a kindly face and suddenly felt safe. Nestling against his hand, she mewed softly for her lost siblings tied in the weighted sack and tossed in the river with her, unwanted, to drown.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #13: where this week’s Story Starter teaser is:

Cold and wet, tired and exhausted, she…



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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24 Responses to A Tale with a happy ending

  1. Myrna Migala says:

    Praying my story too has a happy ending!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely story with a great ending 💜

  3. Happy for her, sadly not for her siblings. A poignant piece, beautifully written Di.

  4. Sadje says:

    Aww, it was a happy ending. Great story Di

  5. Fandango says:

    I didn’t expect her to be a feline. Nice twist and a heartwarming tale.

  6. Paula Light says:

    Happy sad. Good one!

  7. earthskyair says:

    Awesome story!! Well told! 🌷

  8. Happy and SO deeply disturbing!

  9. murisopsis says:

    I was fine and then the last line made me all weepy!

  10. Carol anne says:

    awe! So glad she got out! and was safe and looked after! X

  11. I think any creature (they can’t be human) who does that to defenseless baby animals ought to have the same treatment done to them. Only staple the damn burlap closed and let them drown. There’d be less loss for the world! 😡

    The story was lovely, but that last bit really tore my heart. So many beautiful babies without a home because some waste of skin doesn’t want to spend the money to get their pet neutered or spade.

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