Hartley’s story is about a dog’s trip to the lake. (File Photo)

Hartley’s story is about a dog’s trip to the lake. (File Photo)

Quesnel Short Story Contest 3rd Place: Stranded

Molly Hartley’s story won third place in the Quesnel Short Story Writing Contest.

It’s breakfast time. She made me a special breakfast today- bacon, sausages and fried eggs… Usually I don’t get breakfast like that unless something special is happening, so that makes me excited. Although, she seemed upset today, like something was bothering her. She was nervous, and I could tell she was acting differently than usual. I wanted to go up to her and try comforting her, but when I did she just ignored me. Did I do something to upset her? I don’t know what I did… So I just laid on my bed for a while, because she was ignoring me. A bit later she woke me up and told me that we were going to the lake. I love the lake! I got so excited, but she still seemed like something was wrong.

I hopped in the front seat and she began driving to the lake. She rolled the window down for me and I stuck my head out and let the wind blow through my hair. It felt so freeing. I looked over and I saw her wiping tears away from her eyes as she drove. I knew something was bothering her. I hesitated to comfort her because she ignored me the last time I tried.

We got to the lake and I excitedly leaped out of the car. She took my favourite ball, and tossed it in the water for me. I jumped into the water with a big splash, and I swam towards the ball. Maybe she wasn’t upset with me today after all. Today has been the best day ever! I love her so much, she’s so good to me. I finally retrieved my favourite ball and started swimming back to shore to give her the ball so she could throw it for me again. I got to shore and I didn’t see her. I dropped the ball and I sniffed the bushes trying to find her; maybe she just got lost. I went a little bit further and I saw where the car was parked.

She’s getting in the car. Why is she leaving without me? I run towards the car before she drives away. I go to her side of the car trying to get her attention. Maybe she just didn’t notice me, or maybe she forgot. She rolls down her window, tears rolling down her face and yells at me to sit. So I sit. She tells me to stay. So I stay. She starts the car and begins to drive away. I watch the car get smaller and smaller, kicking up dust until she’s completely gone. It’s okay. She’ll be back. I know she didn’t mean to forget me, she loves me… She’s so good to me… She loves me… I know she’s going to come back once she realizes she forgot about me. So I’ll wait right here. I won’t move. I’ll sit right where she told me to, and I’ll stay until she comes back… She’ll come back.

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