The smoke makes it difficult to breathe. Where is my human? Why is she screaming outside instead of helping me?
Blaring noises and blinking lights scare me. I crawl away into the dark, to my crate, to safety. I curl up on my pillow and whimper as the smoke in the air thickens.
A monster bursts through the door. I bite at its thick hide, but it doesn’t care – it just grabs me and drags me outside where I see her.
“Human!” I bark. “Human!”
I break free of the monster’s grasp and leap into my human’s protective arms.
This was written for the November 29th challenge on the Carrot Ranch – ‘Into the Dark.’ While I was instantly reminded of Devil in the Dark, an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, I thought about my fear of fire as a child and how children hide from the fire by going to closets and dark places. Feeling that a child trapped in a fire might be too much for a daily flash, I wrote from the perspective of a dog.