Thursday, November 29, 2012

17 Very Short Stories. -5-


Silent, on the hillside. The spaniel sits, patiently, an expression of eager anticipation gathering at the eyebrows. The man lowers himself gingerly to the ground, forms a splint from fallen tree branches and a handkerchief, calculates distance to the road, likelihood of hypothermia, amount of blood loss. He does not intend to die on the mountain. He knows that if he falls asleep he will never wake up. The spaniel sits, patiently, awaiting the command for their next action, watching his master for cues.