I tried this meme for the first time last week, and it was a kick―like fitting together a puzzle. So I’m back and, as often as time permits, I’ll be a regular participant. Here are the rules:
Each linked essay must be 100 words or less, not including the “prompt” words. No pictures should be used. No profanity. The prompt words can be used in any place within your story but must be left intact. You cannot split the prompt.
This week’s prompt was: I listened to them from my perch on the top step and didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Here is what I came up with.
The slamming of car doors and the shrieking of The Children startled me awake. As they burst through the door like a hurricane, my displeasure was disrupted by a strange smell. I sniffed the air disbelievingly. Canine!!?! It couldn’t be.
Moving swiftly, I crept to the top of the stairs. And there It was―a caramel-colored, floppy-eared puppy―radiating its stench and filling the air with frantic yaps. The Children were gathered around It― squealing with joy. I listened to them from my perch on the top step and didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. But, being a cat, I settled on studied indifference and stalked off to decide how to deal with The Interloper.
Drawing upon my childhood pets for inspiration,