Lots of good entries this week, but flash fiction veteran Dick Waters claims victory as the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.
The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.
Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:
Cable for Mabel
by Dick Waters
Gus is an extremely small old sheep dog. His nose does not work any more, and the hair covering his eyes prevents him from reacting to people coming to the door.
I’m not much better than Gus. I don’t see well either. I know when Gus barks as someone upstairs usually pounds on their floor and I feel the ceiling paint falling on my head.
Today was different. Gus made such a racket and scratched at the door that I knew someone was there. I asked who was there, but all I heard was something about a cable. I haven’t received one of those in years, and it must be important for someone to come up six flights of stairs. It took me about five minutes to unlock all the locks. When I opened the door, the uniformed man said something about service, and strangely that reminded me of my late husband.
However, Gus must have heard something else and immediately tried to keep the man from having his way with me. While they were fighting each other I headed my walker into the bedroom. When I reached the bed, Gus had the man by the leg and as he tried to kick Gus, he lost his balance and fell out the window.
When we looked down at his lifeless form, I was glad Gus had protected me from the mysterious man who was after my body. I’ll tell the police there never was any cable.