Difficult to believe, but after months of ineligibility allowing me to excuse not writing, I'm once again eligible for the Flash! Friday contest. So I've tried to shake off the dust and actually write something — please don't judge it too harshly!
As a reminder, this year's Flash! Friday provides a photo prompt as well as a required element, all to be encapsulated in a 150-word story (+/- 10 words). This week's required element was to include a puppy, in a story based on this photo:
Ready? Here goes:
My spare key clattered into the bowl by the door, disturbing the quiet. I stopped first by the record player I swear Cal kept just for me, to switch on his last record. His voice, so filled with warmth, scratched through the emptiness of the living room. Dim light fought its way through the windows, into the stillness, onto the dust.
I sank onto the couch, motionless as memories surrounded me. He sang of our first touch, the pouring rain that prompted our first kiss.
Wistfulness edged the lyrics. We’ll never have another first one, he’d murmured when I’d mustered up the courage to ask why.
Soft footsteps padded across worn wooden floors, stopping by my feet. I reached out, scooping Cal’s puppy into my lap. He whimpered, staring at me with shining chocolate eyes.
“I know, buddy,” I whispered, curling my fingers in golden fur. “I’ll miss him too.”