Flash Fiction Friday – Space Barks

April 3, 2023, prompt: Write a story about a dog in the desert in 99 words (no more, no less). Why is the dog there? Who else is involved? Is there a deeper metaphor you can make of the desert? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Space Barks – by Hugh W. Roberts

Lassie roamed the barren wastelands of a far-off desert planet. She was no ordinary dog. The genetically engineered work to withstand the planet’s harsh conditions and assist in the search for a rare mineral was crucial to the survival of all humanity.

With her advanced sensors and augmented strength, she scoured the dunes, her nose forever twitching as she detected the faintest traces of the mineral.

Triumphantly barking again, she dug up a cache of the precious substance.

Now, the humans could survive, knowing their trusty dog companion had saved the day and helped them beat the virus again.


Image of a dog in the desert
Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Space Barks

  1. Very nice YA piece Hugh. I miss the inclusion of animals and especially pets in most modern stories I have read. I recall Andrea Norton having a series of books where animal partners featured prominently. Where have those stories gone?

    1. Thanks, Will.

      You’re right. We don’t see pets featured much in books, although I used to love reading Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven books, where a pet dog called Scamp also featured a lot. I read the whole series even though I struggled with dyslexia. Her writing and stories were so easy to follow.

  2. First of all, photo of the dog is adorable, Hugh. Secondly, a wonderful post about the loyalty and intelligence of our canine companions. Great story and a really fun idea for a whole book. Happy Easter to you and your family, from Bryce canyon National Park in Southern Utah! 🐾☀️

    1. Charli (the host of the 99-word flash fiction challenge) finds all the photos, Terri. Glad you enjoyed my piece of flash to go with it.
      Happy Easter to you all. 🐣 Have a wonderful day.

  3. Aw, Lassie to the rescue ❤️. Takes Me back to childhood and Lassie 😁
    I’m always amazed at your ability to get your stories into 99 words

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