It’s What I’m Here For (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, April 2012)

The challenge this week was to incorporate the phrase  ‘I’m exhausted.   Shut the door behind you…

Every evening, pounding the pavements, whatever the weather, with me twenty yards behind.

I do my best, but I’m overweight, and no athlete.

She thinks I like to run with her, but I don’t.  I do it because I love her.  And I need to look after her too; she’s important to me.

We arrive home and I see her getting ready to go out.  She looks at me, and I hope she won’t invite me.  She smiles, strokes my cheek and I know she doesn’t mind.

I sigh.  I’m exhausted.  Shut the door behind you…

 I settle contentedly down on the rug with my bone.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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29 Responses to It’s What I’m Here For (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, April 2012)

  1. sue Cottrill says:

    awe, sweet


  2. Alison Green says:

    Oooh lovely characterisation. A super piece with such a good twist.


  3. Sandra says:

    Thank you Alison.


  4. ventahl says:

    I love pieces that turn all believe is true on its head and force you to reread it all again. Well done for getting probably not just me to do just that 🙂


  5. jeanelaine says:

    That could so be my dog! LOL Great piece. Thanks for the smile


  6. Sally-Jayne says:

    I just love the twist at the end of this. That dog is soooo adorable!


  7. That was a great twist! We assume that our pets love to do whatever we want to do, not in this case! Can sense the dogs relief at the end.


  8. Sandra says:

    Whenever I see dogs running along behind joggers or cyclists I wonder how much they’re enjoying it. Surely the essence of a good walk is stopping to read the pee mails at each lamp post. 🙂


  9. lorrainefort says:

    when he didn’t want to go out, I wondered if it was my dog! 🙂 Super well done…and a great departure from most of our responses. thanks for sharing!


    • Sandra says:

      I’ve seen one or two dogs who know when they’ve had enough, but never been fortunate enough to own one. I’ve specialised in the ‘boundless energy’ breed.


  10. Jonesingafter40 says:

    I love that you are surprised to find the story being told from the perspective of a dog. Great job!


  11. Miriam says:

    I reread it, and it works perfectly. Well done!


  12. Sandra says:

    Thanks, glad it worked for you. 🙂


  13. Loved the unexpected ending to this. Nicely done.


  14. Gilly Gee says:

    They do have to put up with some crazy things from their humans don’t they? 🙂


  15. Sandra says:

    Hi Gilly. Yes, I think it’s their belief in our potential that encourages them to persevere with us. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.


  16. jfb57 says:

    Oh what a fabulous twist at the end! I love it! This had me getting all worried that it would end in a sad way but…! Brilliant! Thank you for joining us & sharing such talent!


  17. Judee says:

    Another unexpected pleasure. 😀 Thanks for the fun!


  18. Sandra says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting Judee. 🙂


  19. Mike says:

    A great tale.
    I’m with the dog on this one – no athlete & overweight.


  20. Sandra says:

    Thank you Mike. Running isn’t my scene, which was a great relief to our dogs when they were still with us.


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