By Neel Anil Panicker
The outside life beckons me. From inside I watch with more than a tinge of sadness as the grassy outgrowth changes into a golden brown, sometimes becomes a curious blend of magenta tinged red and near faded brown. At times, it’s sheer yellow, especially in the early mornings when the warmth of the rays slide in, seeping through the iron bars__its tentacles reaching out to embrace my fast depleting self.

This isn’t me.  This never was.

I hate this sordid existence, this all pervasive feeling of unwantedness, the ever vanishing loss of all hope.

Wonder why some humans take pets.

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Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here .

24 thoughts on “neelwrites/alife/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/shortstory/100words/08/08/2018

  1. Such a beautiful, poignant piece.

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  2. That sense of lost freedom and independence is hard to imagine. You did it well.

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  3. Sounds like the pinings of a neglected gerbil or hamster in a cage. Well done.

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  4. Heartbreaking. Such a sense of desolation.

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  5. You hit the nail on the head with the last line. I have often wondered why some humans take pets, if they cannot be treated like family.

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  6. A poignant piece, Neel. I read it first as being about a zoo creatures (a lion, in fact).

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    1. I wrote it to show how certain humans treat their pets. Thanks Penny.

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  7. I read this as if it were an outdoorsman, confined to the house, perhaps because of an illness, falling into depression, and just as i feel pity and compassion, you reveal to me it is a pet! I laughed out loud.

    But what a good way of pointing out, how little empathy we sometimes have for those with non-human bodies. 😊we would never let a person suffer such pain.

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    1. Thanks. I am glad the element of surprise at the end worked.

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  8. michael1148humphris

    Nicely told, I sometimes consider the same question. A puppy especially needs companionship

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  9. Dear Neel,

    This begs the question of what pets think of their humans. Although I can say that my brothers pets have it better than most humans. 😉 Loved this pup’s eye view piece. Touching. I give you a twenty paw salute.



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  10. I was seeing a dog, too. Helpless, neglected, alone. It does make you wonder why some people get pets.


  11. Sad and powerful write, Neel. You open our eyes and beg us to question our actions towards our pets.
    Isadora 😎


  12. You cannot help but wonder why people have pets if they don’t take care of them, love them, want them. Well done.


  13. Wonderful (although sad) perspective!


  14. Sad story with great descriptions. Made me want to stage a rescue!


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