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Neighbours

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By Megan AndersonPublished 11 months ago Updated 11 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
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They’re feuding. Have been for months. Next time, the dog gets a bullet.

She ruffles Baxter’s fur – watch it buddy – but one whiff of sheep and he’s over the fence, ears pinned, nipping at lamb rumps.

The gunshot splits time. She finds Baxter in undergrowth, blood soaked and stiff. That same day, her husband leaves her with two under two.

Word gets around. Winter bites. The neighbour appears, unbidden. He stacks wood in her shed, unloads hay for the horses.

Thought you could use it.

Rain pelts down.

She ruffles the puppy’s fur, and puts the kettle on.

Microfiction
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About the Creator

Megan Anderson

Loves a yarn. Draws a bit. Sings in the yard. Spells things the Australian way.

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Outstanding

Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  2. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

  3. Expert insights and opinions

    Arguments were carefully researched and presented

  1. Eye opening

    Niche topic & fresh perspectives

  2. Masterful proofreading

    Zero grammar & spelling mistakes

  3. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

  4. On-point and relevant

    Writing reflected the title & theme

  5. Easy to read and follow

    Well-structured & engaging content

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  • Jay Kantor6 months ago

    Dear Ms. Megan - I'm so glad I've discovered your unique and creative way of storytelling. As I scroll though your presentations this one caught my eye since I also like to write about pets. I'm just a retired legal writer morphed into a 'Goof-Writer' nothing more. I don't do contests/rewards but I enjoy reading 'Shorts' from all over the world on this marvelous platform. I see you haven't posted much of late. *Megan, I've subscribed to you with pleasure hoping to see more of your work.  Jay, Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Village Community -

  • Paula Romeu 10 months ago

    This is so incredibly smart and perfect I had to read it four times

  • Sandra Matos10 months ago

    Congratulations on your well-deserved win!

  • Rachel Deeming10 months ago

    Not quite Ramsay Street, eh? You crammed a lot into 100 words. Impressive.

  • Novel Allen11 months ago

    Great story in so few lines, emotions and suspense draws you in. Congrats.

  • Oh wow! You did amazing with the suspense and emotions! Awesome story!

  • Ward Norcutt11 months ago

    this is a fine story. Terse and full to the brim at the same time. Complete. Vocal got it partly right....my sincere congratulations on a wonderful piece!

  • John Cox11 months ago

    Wow! This story is a shortstory workshop for how to evoke mood, tension and emotion. Great work!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby11 months ago

    Very chilling and emotional, it grand you and doesn't let go. Congratulations 🎉 on your win💕

  • Dana Stewart11 months ago

    Quite deserving win. Such depth in so little words. Congratulations 🎉

  • Antoinette L Brey11 months ago

    Very nicely done, very emotionally touching.

  • Roy Stevens11 months ago

    This is excellent and should have been the first-place story.

  • Mackenzie Davis11 months ago

    This is a prime example of using small sentences to show a whole sequence of events. Amazingly well written. I can’t get over how much you wrote in so few words. The emotion is not cheapened at all by the brevity, and it’s just a masterclass in micro fiction. Bravo! And congratulations! 🎊

  • sleepy drafts11 months ago

    Wow! There is so much detail here. Beautifully done! Congratulations! 💗

  • Suze Kay11 months ago

    Wow, this story is so compact and so complete. Without describing any emotions, I felt them all. Congratulations!

  • Dana Crandell11 months ago

    Really well done. Congratulations on placing!

  • Congratulations on your excellent Top Story

  • Test11 months ago

    Everything in seasons, especially on the land. Love the cyclic nature of this gorgeous little micro, Megan. So much said in so little. Congratulations on second place.

  • Lilly Cooper11 months ago

    Country living, out on the land, such a different way of life ❤️ but Aussies are a tough lot and you captured the spirit perfectly! Congratulations on placing!

  • Ash Taylor11 months ago

    Fantastic story! Congratulations on second place!

  • S. C. Almanzar11 months ago

    This truly does contain a whole story in just a few words, great job!

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