The Mondays Finish the Story challenge is to write a short story (100-150) words that contain the first line provided and is related to the photo provided. Here’s mine for this week. Enjoy!
“Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest.”
Strange events had been plaguing him. One morning he had found his chickens roaming freely; the door to their coop hung askew. At night his cow and donkey were restless, lowing mournfully. Betsy, his loyal mutt, refused to sleep in her usual place by his bed, instead she stood guard emitting guttural growls.
A few steps into the forest he heard movement in the bushes behind him. Cursing himself for not bringing his gun, he turned to face his foe and locked eyes with a quivering black dog, one paw held aloft, bent unnaturally. He watched as it shuddered into an unconscious heap. Scooping the dog up into his arms, he shook his head at how light it was; how he could feel it’s ribs. Cradling the dog gently, he smiled with the knowledge that his menagerie of lost souls had just increased by one.