Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practitioner WEEK #10

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The young couple had to hastily flee their war-torn homeland. They were flabbergasted by how quickly their lives were upended. Their home was in shambles. The factory where they both worked had been destroyed when the enemies launched their missiles toward their small town.  There was no reason to stay where they were. Now that they were expecting a baby, they would do whatever possible to find safety.

A dear friend offered a potential way to escape before the borders were closed. She made a recommendation that they take her pedigree dogs to another country posing as the owners of the Best of Breed, Kennel Club World Champion.  They felt like the cover story was lame but had few other choices. They took very few necessities with them. Their bag held an eclectic assortment of items. They had a small bit of food for themselves and the dog, grooming tools, a change of clothes, and an aerosol spray can full of bear repellant. It could be used as a weapon without appearing like one.

After making it past the first checkpoint, papers in hand, they felt a twinge of relief. With their foreign language dictionary, they knew enough to request the tickets they needed as they traveled. The first leg of the route was by car. Then they hopped on a train. Eventually they made it to their last boarding point. They were almost at their destination. They climbed into the trolley which would take them to the top of the mountain.  They would be able to hide for whatever time they needed. They wanted their baby to be born in freedom.

(272 words)

Rag Tag Community – war
Your Daily Word Prompt – flabbergast
The Daily Spur – factory, recommendation, dictionary
#EM-RWP – launch, aerosol
Three Things Challenge – potential, pedigree, dogs, grooming
FOWC – lame
#MVB-PROMPT- eclectic


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