#atozchallenge, K is for Key…

The firefighters stood, covered in grime and sweat, watching as the abandoned old home burned to the ground.  It would be tomorrow before they could sift through the now smoldering debris for anything worth saving.

One man turned, saw something moving and watched in amazement as a cat crept through charred rubble, then sat, delicately licking its paws.

“Here, kitty, kitty,” he called softly.  The cat came close enough and Kevin scooped it up, stroking the soft soot-covered fur.

“What the hell?” he muttered, feeling a small key dangling from the cat’s collar.  “Hey, guys, take a look at this!”


My theme this year is 100 word fiction.  (So, no, don’t count this line!)  This is a story I’d previously had on my blog, with some minor modifications.  Sorry, but it’s getting harder to come up with new stuff everyday!!


23 responses

  1. Mysterious, what was the key for and where had the cat come from?


  2. Great writing D. Reminds me of Doug’s parents cat that escaped when their house burnt down many years ago.


  3. Ooooh! Dee, you keep writing these teasers and leave us wanting more! I REALLY love this one!

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    1. Thanks, Meg, I should have quite a collection of first paragraphs to work with 🙂 Actually they’re more like the middle of the story!

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      1. In media res! It’s a technique for starting the story in the middle and then going back in time to bring the reader up to speed. My friend Roger wrote about it yesterday. I reblogged another one of his posts today. He’s a wealth of writing knowledge!

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      2. Cool, I’ll check it out!

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  4. The cat survived! Yay! 😸 I wonder what that key is for.

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    1. I don’t know yet, hahah. Have to work on that!

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  5. Ooh… interesting… 🙂 Love the mystery…

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  6. Intriguing! Love it.

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    1. Thank you, may take this further!

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  7. Oh, no you dint! You did NOT stop right there and leave us hanging. No, no, no, no, a thousand times no. Where’s the next page?!?!

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    1. Hahaha, thanks, I should have at least 20 stories I could expand on after this…


  8. Now you are just showing off 🙂 You should be a writer. OMG everyday another amazing story…B O O M ❤

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    1. Hahaha, thanks, playoffs tonight, right?

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      1. You betcha and my Connie made it home 🏡 yay 😊

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  9. Gee, most people hang a bell on the cat. lol. I hope these firefighters are PI’s when they’re off duty!


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