Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Nuisance short story preview

I just submitted my short story “Nuisance” to the Amazon Gather.Com short story contest
Click on the link below for contest rules:


Included below is a couple of paragraphs from the story “Nuisance”.
Total story word count is 4566

Yesterday Joe had taken a scarf, but left it on the seat in the car. Today, the long red and black knitted garment was wrapped around his neck with tails flapping against the back of his jacket. His head was bent slightly down, and he half wondered what the wind-chill factor was, but really didn’t want to know. This was one of those days that you just wanted to get the walk over and done with. Even the squirrels had sense enough to keep under cover. Also, no sign of his fellow traveler, again probably the mark of more sense on her part!

As he finally got back to his car, he saw that nuisance dog off to the side curled up on a mat of leaves sheltered from the unrelenting wind. It raised its head and looked at him, but didn’t try and get up. Joe looked back at the animal and saw that it no longer looked well groomed or energetic but had a run down bedraggled appearance. This time he didn’t feel any anger or annoyance, just a tiny bit of pity. “It looks like it found a respite from the biting wind anyway,” he thought to himself as he unlocked the door and slipped in behind the wheel. The interior of the car felt instantly warm in comparison to the chilling wind. As he drove out of the parking lot, Joe again glanced over toward the animal, which had put its head back down into the cushion of leaves.


Blogger Flood said...

Very exciting! I look forward to reading the whole story.

5:04 PM  

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