Tears on Glass – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by the lady herself.

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Click here to hear the author read his words:

 

 

Tears on Glass

Whenever your beloved Emmy departed on a trip, you graciously tolerated my presence in your home.
But you clearly disapproved of my physical condition, walking me four times each day.
Being wakened by a huge hairy head breathing on my face was an unforgettable experience.
Many times.
To your obvious amusement.

I know you were old and in pain.
I understand you were a dog, with a shorter lifespan, and this is the natural order of things.
I know you lived a full life, and that it was your time to go.
None of this stops the tears.
Adieu, mon ami.

mon ami Eros © c e ayr

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63 Responses to Tears on Glass – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Sad but true tale of how our fur friends become our fur kids but are here for a shorter stay than we’d like to accept. Beautiful words describing the heartache of loss. R.I.P. Lil Buddy.
    Isadora😎

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  2. James McEwan says:

    Loss is heartbreaking, farewell to a faithfully companion is never easy. For a child, the loss of a favourite toy may seem like the end of the world – but it is a life lesson for future grief.

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  3. I’m so sorry for your loss, CE. What a beautiful tribute to a treasured friend.

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  4. plaridel says:

    what a moving tribute.

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  5. wmqcolby says:

    Wow! Such a sweet, sweet story, CE. Man’s best friend is always going to be there in memory.

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  6. draliman says:

    So sad, a lovely tribute.

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  7. pennygadd51 says:

    I’m sorry to hear this, CE. It must be a big loss. The second stanza is very truthful emotionally.

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  8. Sandra says:

    So sorry to read this. We all go through it, and we never handle it any better on second and subsequent occasions. Nice tribute.

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  9. A touching tale indeed, no pun intended.

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  10. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, My lab Hovis had to be put down a couple of years back, he was 15 1/2 and was my work colleague as well as my mate, sad times but a beautiful take.
    Just as an aside, I don’t suppose you can see mine can you? I’m 29 this week, I had to edit it because some of my intro was really small font, and its gone greyed out. The font remains the same too, (a lesser known Led Zeppelin album!)

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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, sir.
      And we have already discussed your font, probably more than is proper between gentlemen of a certain age!

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      • I’ve solved the 29 issue. I was position number 29. I’ve only been in the top 10 once on Friday Fictioneers. It appears to me at 9am in a Wednesday morning and I think about what I can write when I’m at work, by the time I’m ready tons have written their pieces. I quite like to see if I can beat Dale Roberson, not sure why, no one seems to care much! Iain Kelly gets the top spot often, but I find it fascinating that Rochelle doesn’t always come first. I wonder if anyone else thinks this way?

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        • ceayr says:

          Ah that position 29, not the one in the Kama Sutra, I was momentarily impressed! It’s all about time zones, obviously, so the Scots, being an advanced nation, often fill 3 of the top 4 or 5 slots. And Rochelle is always first, just not on the board, because she is in dodo-land at what I have taught her is numpty o’clock. I would be cautious about beating Dale Roberson (sic) as she is a toothless Amazonian Canuck who would break both your arms without blinking. As for your last question, I suspect that most of us have weightier issues on our minds, like whether to have strawberry jam or raspberry jam on our baguette this morning. But who knows…

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  11. Oh, I’m so sorry. We had a German Shepherd growing up. She was my sister’s dog, really, but we all loved her. I remember the absolute heartbreak when the pooch had to be put down – she’d fought coyote at night, to protect our livestock, and she was too wounded to live on.
    Dogs can be heroes and caregivers and family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss!

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  12. granonine says:

    I’ve said goodbye to too many dogs. You had me in tears with this one. Well done, C.E.

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  13. Nobbinmaug says:

    I know that pain all too well. I tell people, “The only time I cry is in the vet’s office.”

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  14. Animals have a way of worming their way into our lives and our hearts. Some people say, oh, it was just a cat or oh, it was just a dog. Nicely done.

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  15. Rowena says:

    Oh CE! This was so moving and terribly sad as one dog lover whose been left behind to another. I’m so sorry for your loss and send my love.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  16. notestowomen says:

    Beautiful tribute to a beautiful and faithful friend. So sorry for your loss.

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  17. Dale says:

    Ohhh… So sorry Eros is no longer of this world. My condolences as I know you loved spending time with him. Condolences to Emmy as well.
    Beautifully done.

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  18. Danny James says:

    “None of this stops the tears.” Thinking of my dogs.

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  19. “Though you have deperated,
    you’re with our soles,
    For, forever you hold a deep, dear role.”
    A great tribute to your dog, who must be proud to get an owner like you.

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  20. Mike says:

    It is rather a sad time when a well loved dog departs. Your tribute was powerful felt

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  21. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice tribute CE, sorry to hear of your loss.

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  22. Oh, what a story – and surely based on a real experience? Beautifully done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  23. Dear CE,

    I know how much Eros meant to you. Once more you’ve made my heart ache. Sweet tribute to a good friend.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  24. Anita says:

    I knew it was about a dog.
    They become a part of family. Tough to bid goodbye…

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  25. MrBinks says:

    There is sadness and joy here. Nicely done.

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  26. I never had a dog but I can still relate to it.

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  27. Reena Saxena says:

    These separations are traumatic, to say the least…

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  28. Tannille says:

    Aww I had a German Shepard as a kid. I still mourn for her. The poem hits home. Forever in the heart.

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  29. neilmacdon says:

    A lovely tribute

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