What Price Love

lurvI got this in a knife fight. Yeah, I’m lyin’. I got it when I visited a friend who has a large and friendly dog. The dog jumped up to greet me and accidentally raked me with her nails.

She’s a good dog, but still pretty puppified. My friend is slowly but surely training her, and the dog is getting much better at containing her enthusiasm, but one misplaced paw did some damage that looked much worse than it actually was.

Thing is, we were on our way to a book sales event, and I didn’t want to leak precious bodily fluids all over the stock or take a chance on freaking out the customers, so I covered it up. This is the second change of bandage, so it looks all nothing to see here. This doesn’t concern you. Nobody even asked me about it.

And I was all ready with the knife fight story, too.

I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about the last (almost) plate of fresh food of the summer.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Why is your main character sporting that big bandage?




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “What Price Love

  1. Jane

    September 20, 2016 at 8:51am


    Okay, I CAN see Grigori in an eyepatch!

    Please have your Mommie give you a nice healing mommie kiss!

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      Marian Allen

      September 20, 2016 at 1:14pm

      OO-oo-ooo. Grigori in an eyepatch — I am SO THERE. *sigh*

      I’m too old for that mommie kiss stuff. If I asked her to kiss that mess, she’d be all, “EWW-ww-WWW!” lol

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  2. Jane

    September 20, 2016 at 8:52am

    BTW, yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day.

    AND David McCallum’s birthday. I believe it’s his 82nd.

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  3. Joey

    September 20, 2016 at 9:26am

    Where’s the link to the foodie post today?

    Also, ouch, I know it well. My dog gets super excited when certain people come to call. First she spazzes out and cries and all that, then she gets a toy (I’ve redirected to the point that she does that!) and then when the person actually gets to the door, she lies down and rolls over, because belly rubs. (I’ve worked really hard on this!)

    BUT! Sometimes she’ll jump up after and try to I don’t know what to my FIL or me or whomever, and sometimes it’s scratchy ow! I hate that.

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      Marian Allen

      September 20, 2016 at 12:48pm

      Yeah! That poor sad bastard has blood all over her toenails! Yuck! Sure would hate to be HER!

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  4. A.C.Flory

    September 20, 2016 at 7:56pm

    oUCH! My dog is not very well trained either but luckily she’s tiny so the amount of damage she can do is minimal. If we had fur the way they do, we wouldn’t even feel it. -sigh- The downside of being the naked ape. 🙁

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      Marian Allen

      September 21, 2016 at 8:16am

      I hope your dog is learning as well as my friend’s dog is. The first time I went in, I practically needed a whip and chair. This time, she wouldn’t have tagged me, but I dropped my concentration before she had completely calmed down. She’s a good dog, she just, as you say, forgets we aren’t protected by fur armor. 🙂

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  5. Mary

    December 21, 2017 at 5:09pm

    A big dog full of enthusiasm can be rather painful, just like a playful kitten with little razor-like claws! Sometimes…love hurts.?

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