“BEWARE OF DOG” – the chipped brown wooden board read, its bold, white letters still wet, with smudges here and there.

With some rusty, old nails she found in dad’s tool box, she had installed the board onto the gate of her front yard.

Screwing up her eyes in the bright sunlight, she examined her gate with its new look. If someone approached her house, they wouldn’t fail to notice the board, right? she wondered as she admired her handiwork. Would it scare them enough to keep them away from her house?

Now, if only Buzz and his gang of rowdy friends came over.

if only they spotted the board and the warning.

And, if only Russo growled that deep, menacing growl like her neighbour’s dog…she would brag about it to her friends.

Her darling Russo – the mongrel she had picked up at the dog shelter last month. The scraggly black dog she had instantly fallen in love with; the one without an eye, just like her. The one who despaired for love yet gave it freely to those who sought it, just like her.



Photo by Josh Hild for



The above post has been written for #fictionmonday.

Today’s prompts: Picture prompt and word prompt (Beware).

Do join in for the fiction writing challenge, an initiative by my friend, Vinitha Dileep.

I am sure you will enjoy it! 🙂


Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

11 thoughts on “Russo

  1. What a sweet story, Shilpa. When I picked this photo for picture prompt I did have you in mind. I’m so glad you came up with a beautiful story, my dear!
    I will write mine today. Have been going through a fiction slump of late. 😊

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