Friday, June 1, 2018

#FridayFictioneers: The Hole

This story is in response to the photo prompt at Rochelle's Friday Fictioneers.
PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer
"You diggin' a hole, Grampa?"

"Yup."

"What fer?"

"Stuff."

"What kinda stuff?"

"Stuff like little boys who don't stop asking questions."

He continued digging while the young boy squatted on the edge of the hole, head on his hands, elbows on his knees.

"Grammy know you're digging in her garden?"

Wiping his face with his bandana, he leaned on the shovel.

"How 'bout you ask her for some lemonade."

"Okay!"

When the boy was gone, the old man checked the contents of the burlap bag before placing it in the hole. As he covered it with dirt he whispered, "Gonna miss you, Katy-Cat. Even me."

100 words

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25 comments:

  1. I could so picture this!
    Kind of Grampa to send him off so he doesn't the cat (please tell me it IS a cat) is no more...

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    1. Yes, it was the family cat. ;) Thanks for dropping by to read! I'm headed off to read some of the other entries. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh so real. And kind of a relief. Though losing a cat is deeply sad, I was worried there for a moment it might be grandma.

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    1. I seem to be stuck on the sweet - maybe next week will be darker. But I knew it couldn't be grandma...at least this time. ;)

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  3. Dear Donna,

    Oh, such a sweet story. I love it that Grampa is sparing the boy a life lesson for the moment. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you, Rochelle. It's hard with only 100 words!

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  4. Oh, that's a lovely dialogue with a sad ending. Love it!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate the drop be, read & comment!

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  5. It's not a well cat, that's for sure

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    1. Well, a well is a hole in the ground...so it is sort of a "well" cat. ;)

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  6. what a delightful story. death was handled with grace and dignity. well done.

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  7. Wonderful dialogue between the grandfather and the grandson. Nice one.

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    1. Thanks...we've all experienced it in one way or another. LOL!

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  8. Wonderful story! So vividly written - you've captured the characters brilliantly. Really loved this.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  9. I agree with other comments. A great "slice of life" tale. Good for grandpa, as long as they tell the truth later and don't let the child wait in vain for the cat's return.

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    1. I foresee the young boy telling Grammy about Grampa digging in her garden and she will gently break the news.

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  10. I was relieved it was a cat! How sweet.

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    1. I enjoy seeing where the photo takes me...I never know!

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  11. Perfect story to go with the photo prompt,Donna. A touching and heartbreaking tale of a relationship between a grandpa and a grandson. He was kind to keep it from his grandson. Awww ... !!!
    Isadora ��

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    1. Oh, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  12. As a granny, I would have done the same. It's a life lesson for parents to give, I think. I must confess, I was quite tearful when I buried my favourite cat...

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