Fair – Six Sentence Story

Johnny didn’t trust anyone because he knew they were a lot like himself and knowing himself he knew better. He didn’t think there was anything wrong with his own behavior because when dogs ate dogs the rats better watch out.

After all, wasn’t it the point of the game, the purpose of life, to get more stuff than the other guy before one died? He just didn’t like it when someone pulled a fast one on him and wasn’t fair.

Surveying his wealth Johnny was proud of all he had been able to accumulate before he died. However, on the final day of his life, too weak to chase them off, he watched dogs fight over his treasures and rats clean up the crumbs.

Denise offers the prompt work “fair” to be used in this week’s Six Sentence Stories.

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Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

42 thoughts on “Fair – Six Sentence Story”

  1. Fun Six. (No, really! A moral and a tale tightly written, nicely done!)

    but! that expression, “when dogs ate dogs the rats better watch out” I googled it and turned up nothin’
    Which, in my reality, is ‘Bravo!’ To create an expression that sounds like it’s been around for a long time?

    v cool

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    1. The “dog eat dog” phrase has been around like in a “dog eat dog world”. At least it was a half-century ago when I was in school. I recall someone calling it a “doggy dog world”, but I don’t think they heard the original correctly. Like that person I also modified it a bit and added the rats.


    1. Good point: treasures in heaven start with loving our brethren.

      Your own story was a beautiful description of taking care of an infant who doesn’t want to sleep. Another way to love our brethren.


  2. He amassed wealth then left empty-handed. It sounded a nightmare for him with the dogs and rats waiting at the end (I imagine him as a high-up gangster, so the dogs and rats have probably always been there, but they largely abided by his principles of fairness). He could have left happier knowing his heart was full of love and not fixed to his material gain.

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