A Walk in the Woods – Flash Fiction

Walk in the Woods

Walking slowly through the woods, Jessica was lost in her thoughts. It had been an emotionally driven weekend and she desperately wanted to shake off the remnants of the past two days.  

She stopped suddenly when far away an interrupted cry jerked her out of her reverie. She wondered what it could be.  Perhaps someone was hurt or an animal maybe.

Hearing it again she moved quickly towards the sound.  She had come off the trail and was venturing into the deep forest. The sound was closer now, and as she pulled back some wayward bushes, she saw it. 

There in front of her was a dog tied to a tree.  It was clearly distressed

‘Oh, you poor doggie, who did this to you?’ Jessica said tenderly

‘Get away from the bitch.  Now!’ he said as he pointed the 12-gauge shotgun at her.

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

144 words

Bjorn is hosting at D'Verse Poets this Monday and has
challenged us to write some flash fiction - no more than
144 words. It also has to include this line from
"When far away an interrupted cry"
from Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost

Word Prompt


Image by composita from Pixabay

  21 comments for “A Walk in the Woods – Flash Fiction

  1. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    June 18, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    … bate for a serial killer, or she just stepped into a bad situation. I hope he lets her go…

    • Christine Bolton
      June 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Yes, that’s quite dark isn’t it? I hope he lets them both go 😔

  2. June 15, 2019 at 11:47 am

    “If you go down to the woods today …” Loved the tension in this very real story.

  3. June 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Good scenario but I fear that the hunter will kill the dog or even her. Thanks for the story.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Grace. 🙂 Yes, it looks the way. I wonder what comes next….

  4. June 13, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Nice cliffhanger!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 13, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Thanks so much Donna! 🙂

  5. June 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    A story of man, man’s bedt friend, and murder? Dark Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      i do seem to go here, don’t I? Lol! Thanks Rob 🙂

  6. June 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I imagined he was going to shoot the dog?!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, Lynn…I think he was 😳

  7. June 11, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Oh I so much wonder why the hunter was there…. it seems that dog was there to lure some game for him to shoot.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Yes maybe. But I think he was after shooting the dog or something or someone else 😔

  8. June 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    :-() very well written

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  9. June 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Good one!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks my dear 🙂💕

      • June 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

        You’re welcome!

  10. Christine Bolton
    June 11, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Thanks 🙂

  11. June 11, 2019 at 10:07 am

    nice post…thanks for share

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