FFftPP– Broken Hourglasses

Posted: February 11, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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“For the thousandth time, I promise you, it wasn’t me!” the puppy protested, looking at his master with big, brown eyes. The air of innocence he projected was rather impressive, especially given what he was. With the way he pawed and whimpered, Death almost forgot that this was one of his creatures.

“If it was not you,” Death said with a sigh, “then who was it? Only you were here, little hound.”

Death’s gaze swept over the chaos behind his hound. Shattered glass lay everywhere and the sands had mingled all together.

“Do you know how long this will take me to fix?” he asked. “Those hourglasses counted down the seconds left in these people’s lives. With the sands spilled like this, I have no way of knowing. I’ll just have to guess.”

The puppy shrank and made a little whining sound. Death rolled his eyes.

“It’s all right,” he said. “I’m not mad at you.”

He scratched the death-hound between the ears and the little creature gave an excited bark.

Thanks to mix-ups of that day, an old woman on her last days lived to be 147, a child miraculously survived being hit by a truck, and a young dictator died suddenly of what seemed to be old age.

Word Count: 199

This is an entry for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, a wonderful challenge run by rogershipp. The picture is from publicdomainarchive.com.


  1. Oh I love it, Mr Pratchett lives on……

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  2. I love this very much.

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  3. The Voice says:

    Oh, I really liked this one. Very clever. Nice that a slight mishap served out a bit of reward and punishment properly. Well done.

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  4. I really enjoyed this 🙂

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  5. Wonderful! So well written with a smiling conclusion. Very imaginative.

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  6. Martin Flux says:

    For a second, before the last paragraph, I thought everyone died. But I like the happy ending. 🙂

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  7. mandibelle16 says:

    Even death needs a dog. Seems like things ended up okay that day — especially with the young dictator dying.

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  8. athling2001 says:

    Great take on the prompt. I enjoyed your story.

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  9. Great ending! I couldn’t tell where this was going and I loved the twist!

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  10. This adorable dog gives an entirely new meaning to the expression “hell hound,” but I’m glad to hear Death has a companion! Great creativity!

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  11. Susan Langer says:

    Good story, especially the ending. 🙂

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  12. rogershipp says:

    That doggy deserves a reward! Great idea for the flash!

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