Friday Fictioneers is a weekly fun-fest that consists of writing a 100-word
story, poem or introduction to a story

  based on a picture prompt posted by Madison Woods.
This week’s intriguing picture is by Lora Mitchell.
If you’d like to read or join in, click on the little link at the end of this story and get ready for some fun.

Requited Love

It’s their favorite park. She loves the whimsical sculpture, illuminated nightly, cloaked in memories, so he loves it, too.  They stand, pressed close together.  If he could tell her what she means to him, how she rescued him from all the hurt in his life, how he loves to see her face each morning, he would.  He aches to tell her.  But he is mute, as always.  She rubs his back tenderly; he quivers with that love.

They stand long moments, then he licks her leg, lifts his (not on the statue) and they continue on in the warm night.


This story is dedicated to our former foster pit bulls:  Janie and Annabelle
and, for a short time, Bernie, now known as Satchmo,
as well as to For the Love of Pits,
  rescuing pit bulls and  finding people for them to love and to love them.

  1. billgncs says:

    I laughed out loud at the last twist!

  2. boomiebol says:

    Didn’t see the twist in the tale coming, very nice

  3. JKBradley says:

    I’m sticking with this being a man and woman, the visual makes me giggle.

    • There was a children’s song when our girls were little with words that apply to what you just said….”You’re a nut, you’re nut, you’re a nut, you’re a nut, you’re a nut.” 🙂 Glad to make you laugh anyway…or any way.

  4. Sandra says:

    Superb – made me laugh out loud. Really good take on a difficult prompt.

    • Thanks a lot, Sandra. I looked at that prompt and thought, “No way!!” Fortunately, my subconscious had different thoughts and came up with this. Glad you enjoyed it. To make readers laugh, hopefully out loud was, my goal.

  5. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    This was as heartwarming as it was funny. Well done, well said, well licked and lifted.



  6. vbholmes says:

    I’m with everyone else–great surprise ending to a tender story.

  7. Ah, romance! Wait – he licks her leg? Kinky!

    And that’s about the point when I realized what species he was. That first paragraph does a wonderful job of fitting the real situation perfectly while being thoroughly misleading. Nice story!

  8. Jan Brown says:

    Wonderful story, with a great “reveal” at the conclusion!

  9. Loved it! It started out tender and the twist took it to a whole new level! Nice job.

  10. Woof! Woof! Which translated means clever story, Janet. Thanks for commenting on mine.

  11. Joyce says:

    That is such a sweet story, so endearing, a love relationship between canine and its human. It was respectful of him to not lift his leg on the sculpture. 🙂

  12. I like a dog who has a healthy respect for art.

    😉 Randy

  13. Lovely twist, and evoking that real sense of unconditional love our pets give us. Nicely done 🙂

  14. rich says:

    did not see that coming. very sweet.

  15. Awww, what a lovely story! Love of an animal and their returned love is one of life’s best experiences, I believe. Ron

  16. stuff I said says:

    This warms my stories about our 4 legged friends.

  17. rgayer55 says:

    A rather warm (and wet) evening at the end. That’s one way to expose yourself to art. Cute story, Janet.

    • I thought about calling it “And they called it puppy love”, but I managed to resist. Another choice was “The Spanish Inquisition”, because no one expects it, but I didn’t want to be too clever. :-). Glad you liked it.

  18. elmowrites says:

    This is a great love story, made no less so by being between human and animal – they tell us so much in so many ways, if only we stop to listen.
    I’m over here:

    • They certainly epitomize the idea of unconditional love. I was amazed that the rescue dogs we got were so loving! I would have thought they would have hated people or been terrified of them or both. Glad you liked it.

  19. Ah, nice! I love it. There’s a real sweetness there.

  20. I didn’t realize it was a dog until somewhere between him licking the leg and him raising his leg, so for a nanosecond I had this image of a lover licking her leg, and that was pretty amusing. Then after my slow uptake, I thought it was cute.

  21. Brian Benoit says:

    Really nice! Love the feel of this, the mood – great job!

  22. flyoverhere says:

    a man of few words but communicative!

  23. John Hardy Bell says:

    Beautiful twist at the end! Either way, I suppose it’s a love story! 🙂

    Nicely done!