The Good Neighbor – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Photo by: Dawn Miller

The Good Neighbor

The robberies that plagued Martin ceased when Tim moved in next door. He never asked what Tim did. He was just happy to have a good neighbor.

One day, as they walked their dogs on the pathway beneath a rusty bridge, a car lost control and suddenly teetered over the bridge’s smashed railing. A mother and two kids screamed for their lives.

Tim’s dog, Gregor, suddenly reached up and disconnected his leash. The Malamute leaped nearly one hundred feet onto the bridge. In seconds he pulled the imperiled family from the car.

Martin noticed Tim seemed frozen in place. No hand-waving or shouting broke his catatonic state. Gregor returned from his amazing rescue and reconnected his leash. Instantly, Tim returned to life and he smiled sheepishly.

Once Martin recovered from his shock, he realized the truth. “Tim? Or is it Gregor?”

“Sorry about the trickery with the puppet,” said Gregor/Tim. “Shopping malls don’t accept dogs alone.”


“You going to tell?”

“Who would believe me?” asked Martin. “Besides, why risk losing a good neighbor?”
Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge. Each week a photo is provided as a writing prompt. This week, Dawn Miller offered up a good one. Look here to see what others wrote based upon the pic above:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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26 Responses to The Good Neighbor – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. What an amazing dog! I agree, no one would believe him. Wonderful story Eric! Very imaginative and creative. Loved it! Once again, thank you for participating in the FFfAW challenge!

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  2. Danny James says:

    Here he comes to save the day! Mighty dog is here.


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  3. Great story! Every house needs one of those dogs next door! 🙂

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  4. Lyn says:

    LOL wonderful story, Eric. Exactly what everyone needs living next door–a dog and his man. Have one question for you though…who owns the boots?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. A super-crimefighting-dog next door should definitely raise the property value. 😉

      Boots? I couldn’t figure out what those were in the path. I might’ve included boots somehow if only I knew what they were. Oh well. Thanks much, Lyn!

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  5. List of X says:

    The kids are probably not going to keep the secret that well…. 🙂

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  6. tedstrutz says:

    Dear Lord! Is there a writing prompt this man does not know about??? Good one… I liked the leash connection.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! There’s a lot of them out there. This is me when I’ve narrowed it down to my faves. Glad you enjoyed the leash bit. It’s the easiest way to control his human puppet. Thanks much, Ted! 🙂


  7. luckyjc007 says:

    Great story! Yes indeed, “a dog is a man’s best friend.”

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  8. joetwo says:

    Well there is an interesting turn to the question “Who is taking who for a walk?” Good one.

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  9. afairymind says:

    I think everyone should have a dog like Gregory living next door! A wonderfully imaginative response to the prompt, Eric. 🙂

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  10. Woot woot! A super dog and his human-size ventriloquist dummy. Ha! “Like a good neighbor, this super dog is there.” What a creative and entertaining take on this prompt. I look forward to your future flash fictions.

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  11. Joy Pixley says:

    Ooh, what a interesting direction to go with this! And I agree, the leash is a nice touch.

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