Friday Fictioneers~ 3/26/21-Known Criminal

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Had she not waited for the cover of darkness, her presence in the neighborhood would have brought in the authorities.
She was an easily recognized opportunist.
Cutting patterns close to houses during the winter, was less perilous and more productive, but it took her longer to get home. Pilfering heavy prizes was strictly out of the question.
A motion activated light or two sent her running into the shadows but an open garage door was the perfect find!
She stealthily rummaged awhile then made off with some goods.
Her crisscrossing prints couldn’t possibly be followed.
All coyotes know that.

(99 words)

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32 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers~ 3/26/21-Known Criminal

  1. rochellewisoff 03/26/2021 / 4:10 pm

    Dear Susan,

    I like the way you gave the coyote a personality. Nicely done.



  2. abbiejohnsontaylor 03/26/2021 / 7:21 pm

    Wow! This is an interesting story. At first, we think she’s a human thief. Then, she turns out to be a coyote. How intriguing!

  3. Zelda Rene 03/26/2021 / 9:10 pm

    Well penned, loved the subtle tension.

  4. Dale 03/26/2021 / 11:39 pm

    What a wonderful take! Love that we find out it’s a coyote only at the end. Make me want to root for him/her…

  5. -Eugenia 03/27/2021 / 8:45 am

    Compelling piece! Well done.

  6. Iain Kelly 03/27/2021 / 1:12 pm

    It’s foxes round here! Clever take.

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/27/2021 / 1:48 pm

      Thank you. The coyotes are blamed for everything here. Foxes are giggling as they’re free to pillage at will. 😉

  7. plaridel 03/27/2021 / 10:22 pm

    what a twist. i didn’t expect it. well done. 🙂

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/27/2021 / 10:24 pm

      Thank-you! Glad it worked. It’s always hard to tell when you know the ending. 😉

  8. James McEwan 03/28/2021 / 4:14 am

    You made me realise that I do not associate ‘she’ as a thief, but that is illogical on my part. I liked the ending as I sensed a feeling of relief and satisfaction and was reminded of the foxes I often see prowling through the streets at night. Loved the story.

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/28/2021 / 8:35 am

      I found it awkward to assign thievery to a female too. That’s why I did it. Illogical stereotype, isn’t it? Thank you!

  9. Laurie Bell 03/28/2021 / 5:53 pm

    Clever! Little four legged thief ! Well done

  10. granonine 03/29/2021 / 8:42 pm

    I really like this.

    We don’t have coyotes, but squirrels, rabbits and deer often leave their prints in fresh snow. Right up close to the house.

  11. Tannille 03/30/2021 / 12:15 am

    Great twist. I was expecting a human!

  12. msjadeli 03/30/2021 / 5:39 pm

    I thought she was a homeless person looking for food. I feel sorry for anyone trying to survive outside in winter.

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/30/2021 / 5:57 pm

      Glad I captured that. Bet you were happy about the truth. 😉

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