Time out on Simons Seat

Photo copyright: Danny Bowman.

Photo copyright: Danny Bowman.

Walking the ancient pathway, at last Joseph reached the remote rock face and the hollowed rock know as Simons Seat. Relaxing he attempted to turn his thoughts to the tribes problem, without much success. Soon he was asleep, only to be woken by a terrifying scream…

Leaning over the jagged cliff face he saw the most magnificent hunting dog hanging half way down, it’s front leg caught in a crevice. Carefully Joseph inched his way to the bitch, using one hand to clamp himself to the cliff face, he took the weight of the dog.



In the last  few days I have been shredding paper work! Now I intend to review the material that I have written over the last ten years. Although I will read every post on Friday Fictioneers, I am unlikely to comment for a time.

Today post is a hazily remembered clip from one of my unpublished novels.

This Post Has 48 Comments

  1. Moon

    Nice story, Michael.
    Best wishes as you review and put the materials together. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Moon, I really appreciate your comment.

  2. Sandra

    He gets my vote. I just need to know what happens next.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, in time I hope to unfold the answer to that.

  3. justjoyfulness

    I hope he gets to keep the dog he has rescued 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      If my memory is right the dog can not be owned … ! I do hope to tell more at some piont when I revisit the original draft of the story.

  4. Iain Kelly

    My guess in the novel is he rescues the dog and they become great friends.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You may be right, but that would be telling. Yet I do want to tell the story!

  5. Jelli

    Enjoyed your rescue story this week. I’m sure that the dog became his constant companion after this. Good luck on your shredding and your writing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Jelli, I am looking forward to revisiting a mountain of old material, then hopefully honing it down into something better.

      1. Jelli

        I do that about every six months or so. Hubby says I hoard little pieces of paper…the likes of which are covered in writing. I just can’t stand to see good paper go to waste when there’s a story to be told. BTW, Fri Fic’s fit well on grocery receipts. hehe,

        1. Michael Humphris

          Until recycling really got going, I tried to be careful with paper. Recalling how paper was once a rare commodity.

          Today I used a Costa coffee receipt to record the details of a book I wish to read. On my previous trip to a coffee shop, the back of a receipt was used to draw details of a switch mechanism. What can I say: I must have a receipt fetish

  6. yarnspinnerr

    The prompt does provoke a thought on rescue.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I can not reveal that yet, but Joseph is a compassionate person I do hope at some piont to post more from this my first novel length story

  7. gahlearner

    Joseph is a good man and that dog is a lucky dog. Lovely writing, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you gahlearner, so far the character of Joseph is compassionate. But the story is not yet finished.

  8. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    You just have to love a dog story with a happy ending. I love the scene you set – magical and mystical.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is so kind of you to say this; I can only hope my novel from which this is taken lives up to being mystical, if it does I would be more than pleased.

  9. Sascha Darlington

    This is good, intriguing and begging for more (hmmm, that sounded a bit dog-like 🙂 )

    1. Michael Humphris

      Woof woof.

      1. Sascha Darlington


        1. Michael Humphris

          So pleased, thank you.

  10. Dahlia

    I somehow got the feeling he was dreaming…

    1. Michael Humphris

      There is a element of deep reflection in his behaviour, Thank you Dahlia

  11. Christine Goodnough

    Seems you’ve created a likeable character for your tale, risking his own safety to rescue the dog. Best wishes with your compilations.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I like him, so he should be alright. The need to bring clarity to rather a lot of old writing notes and short stories, intimidates me. But it is better that I deal with it sooner then later, I guess.

  12. Mrs. Completely

    A great story, Michael. I liked it immensely. :o)

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a kind comment.

  13. granonine

    I would love to know the rest.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you granonine. I do hope I manage to post more

  14. Dale

    Oh, how can you leave us “hanging”, Michael!! We need to know that it ends well!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, you would need to read nearly two hundred thousand words to find the end!!!

      1. Dale

        Well there you go.

  15. plaridel

    glad the dog was saved just in time.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So was the dog, I can say no more in case I give part of her story away.

  16. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Good suspense in this one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to hear that, thank you Dawn

  17. Rowena

    What a great bloke! I ‘ve just signed up with a dog rescue group and have two pups on my lap. They think you’re great. Hopefully, they won’t be needing such help.
    xx Rowena

    1. Michael Humphris

      What a lovely thing to do, all credit to you. Give them a gentle pat or cuddle from me.

      1. Rowena

        They gave you a big lick and then fell asleep on my lap reading your message, Michael. My in-laws have fostered babies for years. Puppies are much easier and so much fun. We love them so much!

        1. Michael Humphris

          So pleased, puppies sound great.

  18. Shweta dave (@shwetadave)

    intriguing..would wait for a part 2 Michael! loved this one!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your encouragement, I must away then to the editing pencil.

  19. seekeroftruthweb

    Great rescue story, as the others said. All that was lacking were cheering witnesses.

    1. Michael Humphris

      One witness will perhaps make themself known in time, but first I must return to the draft of my story, to check that. Thank you so much for your supportive feedback, it was appreciated

      1. seekeroftruthweb


  20. athling2001

    Great take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you. Athling

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