Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day Five


In the dry leaves and brittle twigs of the last of the trees, the fox curls and sleeps. Nothing moves, except what is nudged by the erratic breeze. No mice stir, no birds. The fox dreams of scurrying rodent feet, the trickle of rain water running into a stream. She dreams of soft grass beneath her dry, cracked pads, and a cool dark night sky glittering with stars. She dreams of a tiny cry, and the sound is almost real enough to wake her, but her cubs are long since dead, forgotten except in an instinctive memory.

She curls tighter against the dust, bitter and dead, that fills the air that used to be full of the smell of the rain, rabbits, and warm blood. Night is falling, cold comes. She should find her earth and shelter. But she lies still, uncaring. There is nothing left to care for. The cold bites, deeper than a dog bites. Warm blood slows, heart’s pulse falters and stills. The last fox sighs and lets her soul go free.

Last day, last story. I pass the challenge on to Peter Bouchier. I can’t find a blog address for you, Kyra Thomas, but please consider yourself nominated too.

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day Five”

  1. Didn’t mean to be rude—was on a gardening break. The stuff dries out so quickly. We have to keep nearly all the plants in pots because of the dog and I seem to spend half of every evening watering them.

    1. Writing a bit every day isn’t difficult, but finding a photo is! I take useless photos—blame it on the crap camera and the fact that I never take it out with me.

      1. Yeah… You kind of have to have it with you lol… That’s why I like having a decent one on my phone. I’d be useless with all the lenses and extra bits of kit, I have no patience whatsoever!

      2. The tacky piece of crap I use for a telephone does’t take photos that are recognizable as such. I rarely take a phone out with me either since I’ve never been bothered to work out the settings for messages etc.

      3. Hey! In case you didn’t realise, its the twenty first century! You might actually I like some of these fancy-shmancy hi-tech gizmos!

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