The mobile rang in the dead of the night, sending shivers, as I expected the worst.

“Sergeant, she is breathing her last”, informed the voice on the other side.

Without wasting time, I raced out of the house and drove my car at the break-neck speed to reach the clinic. With no traffic and all traffic signals snoozing, I reached the reception of the clinic in under ten minutes.

Suddenly I felt heaviness in my legs as I had to drag myself to where she was. With my throat dry and heart-pounding, I reached her side. She was taped all over and wires of all sorts surrounded her. With her eyes closed, she appeared tired and lay still. Gathering courage that lay scattered in bits and pieces, I approached her.

Stroking her gently, I called her out.

“Diana. You have been the best partner I ever had and ever will. Without you I am incomplete. But now I want you to go ahead with your journey and end your suffering. You will be missed dearly”

She moved a bit or at least I thought she did and the next moment she was gone. Her heavy breathing chest came to stand-still. She lay motionless as if she was waiting for that final goodbye.

I couldn’t bear the pain of parting. My knees went weak. The guard that was holding my fort caved in, with a deluge of pain and sorrow. I collapsed near her, with pools of tears wetting my night suit.

…For she had sacrificed her life to save mine when we were chasing the drug peddler in the narrow shady lanes and by-lanes of the town on a no moon night, two days ago. We were tasked to trace, a fresh consignment of the drugs which was delivered in the city, on a tip-off by the informer. I had set out with Diana. She had never failed in her job for she was well trained, strong, sharp, and agile. She had a proven and perfect track record of five years since she joined us.

Letting her lead me, I followed her, matching my pace with hers. As she went around the corner, which was darker than the rest of the area, I inched cautiously. As I took the turn, I spotted her glowing eyes. It was unusual for her to stop and wait for me to catch up with her, lest she had discovered something suspicious. I was about to step ahead when she leaped in my direction and grabbed the hand of a masked man brandishing a knife, the blade of which shone brightly, a step behind me. The masked man growled in pain and stabbed Diana with another knife using the other hand. Now it was Diana’s turn to howl. In a span of a second the hell had broken loose. Turning towards them, I dashed and knocked the masked man. As he got off the balance and stumbled, I knocked him further. Once he was on the ground, biting the dust, I clutched his hands.  The backup squad joined us by then. Giving the charge of the masked man to the squad, I rushed towards Diana. She was in pain. Her otherwise bright eyes were turning dull with every passing moment for she had a deep injury in her chest and had suffered a heavy blood loss. Holding her in my arms, I hurried towards the police van. Soon I was on the way to the clinic, all the while calling out to Diana and making the arrangements for her in the clinic via walky-talky.

Diana was a beautiful, fierce and fearless, alert, squarely built Belgian Malinois breed adopted into the K9 squad and I, Sergeant Dimitri was her handler.

The mission was successful as we nabbed the peddler with a huge stock of drugs but I had lost Diana forever. Mission was sure to fetch me a bravery medal and a promotion for me. But without Diana on my side, it was a zero-sum game!


With this last story, I now zip up my Stack of Stories. Its been a wonderful journey of rediscovering and redefining the 26 English alphabets over the month of April, in my own way, through the short stories.
At this juncture, I wish to thank you my dear visitor, reader, and patron for giving me company all throughout the journey of 30 days. Your encouraging remarks motivated me to complete the task. Your views on the topic of the story brought a fresh perspective to the table, adding value to the story in turn. Even your silence spoke to me in ways that would help me to be better at my crafts.
Every end is the beginning of something new. Post A to Z Challenge, I will be working on my recently launched YouTube Channel, “Canvas with Rainbow”. I will be presenting to you one of my stories every week over the weekend. One story, Once Again is already up and running on the channel. You may like to enjoy it. My channel awaits your shower of love in the form of likes and subscriptions!
As for the activity on the blog, I wish to take a pause, ponder on the month-long sojourn, pick up a book or two for reading which has taken a back seat. It’s going to be ‘rest a while and then run a mile’. Till that time, take good care of yourself and stay safe! See you after a while…
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Explore previous stories at Stack of Stories
Categories: FictionShort Story

29 Comments

Kikibee · April 30, 2020 at 7:51 am

You write beautifully.. all your stories have read are conveyed well.. even if they are tragic..emotions are clearly expressed

Chandrashekhar · April 30, 2020 at 8:42 am

I read not each story but most of them. Very nicely written proving your vast vocabulary.

msjadeli · April 30, 2020 at 10:35 am

Such a good story to finish with. I like how you led me, the reader, to the realization that Diana was not a human but a K9 crime fighter. I’ll be checking out your youtube.

Archana (@yenforblue) · April 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

Sad ending.. I didnt expect Diana to be from the Dog Squad of narcotics department.. You have obviously researched the topic as all details are so very well touched up! Great work Anagha and Congratulations on a super successful AtoZ!!

Navita Bhatia · April 30, 2020 at 11:08 am

Glad to find you through this series. This is another story which keeps the reader captivated till the end. Have read a few of yours earlier. Will catch with the others soon. Take care!!

Dashy · April 30, 2020 at 11:21 am

It was nice to read your stories, Anagha. Congratulations on completing the challenge! 😀 And all the best with your Youtube channel. 🙂

Durga Prasad Dash · April 30, 2020 at 1:02 pm

It is ironic that to get some we inevitably lose some.
Thanks for being a co traveler in this series. Wishing you all the best for your youtube venture.

Unishta · April 30, 2020 at 1:39 pm

What a twister that story was ! I shall miss your daily dose of story telling Anagha! Good luck with the you tube channel

Vaishali Khot · April 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Kudos to Diana for her courage and loyalty!! Loved reading most of your stories. They were all varied and touched many different aspects .Congratulations for the the successful completion of the challenge .Will definitely catch up with your channel .

Jyoti Jha · April 30, 2020 at 2:44 pm

I enjoyed reading your mix-bag of emotions in the variety of stories in this series. Yet to catch up on some of them though! Very well written and gripping. Best wishes for your Youtube venture, looking forward to seeing you around 😊

Balaka · April 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Your stories eased my anxiety during this trying time. I hope you will publish them as a book soon. all the best. Keep in touch.

alpanadeo · April 30, 2020 at 5:01 pm

Enjoyed all the stories Anagha. You know how to take your readers with you. Congratulations to your Youtube channel. Are you going to read them?

purbajune · April 30, 2020 at 5:38 pm

Brilliant.
Enjoyed reading your stories. Your writing style is so unique and beautiful.
Best wishes for your channel 💛

Madhu Bindra · April 30, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Congratulations on the successful completion of the A to Z Challenge. I loved reading your stories and now going to check out your Youtube channel.

Srivalli · April 30, 2020 at 6:07 pm

This is heartbreaking and beautiful. Ever loyal, aren’t they always?
Congratulations on the completion of the challenge and the new YouTube channel. Will be visiting it soon. 🙂

nooranandchawla · April 30, 2020 at 6:54 pm

Congratulations on successfully completing the A to Z Challenge!
Your stories were fresh and engaging, and today’s tale was no different. I’m glad the death of the police dog meant something to the protagonist. Too often, these unsung heroes are simply taken for granted.

Nisha · April 30, 2020 at 7:04 pm

Loved your stories Anagha. Hope to read more from you. I, too, feel like taking a pause and read a bit. Keep in touch!

Keith's Ramblings · April 30, 2020 at 9:48 pm

A great story with which to bring the month to a close. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

Z is for …

Pradeep · April 30, 2020 at 11:45 pm

A sad story. But nice one! Enjoyed your daily contributions.
Take the well-earned rest. Looking forward to the day when you resume.
Meanwhile, I will be blogging, though not every day. Do drop by if you get time.
I shall check your YouTube channel.
Take care.

bloggeray · April 30, 2020 at 11:50 pm

The first four paragraphs almost read like a poem, with pauses for change of tune. It took me a while to get that Diana was the police dog, and not a human. Goes to show how well you disguised that fact, and how much, consequently, she meant to the narrator himself. 🙂

I enjoyed your stories, and as we discussed on my Z post, I’m happy we discovered each other’s blogs. Your setting up of the atmosphere of the story, and the poignancy they all have, are great attributes.

Best wishes for the YouTube channel. 🙂

TheDreamGirlWrites · May 1, 2020 at 2:15 am

Ohh poor doggy…😥

Congratulations on completing the A-Z challenge!!
I enjoyed reading your stories!

They never failed to make me feel, be it happiness or sadness!

Ira Mishra · May 1, 2020 at 5:04 am

I have loved each and every story of yours all throughout this challenge. You weave magic through your short tales. I will for sure look forward to your YouTube stories and subscribe to them. With this challenge coming to end my only worry was I won’t get to read your stories again on a daily basis just before I go to sleep… But I guess I will satisfy myself now with the you tube solution yoy have for us :)!!Congratulations to you and a big hug and thanks for all the lovely stories :)! I hope you take a tiny break and get back to the blog sooner :)!

jlennidorner · May 1, 2020 at 8:49 am

I had a feeling a curve-ball was coming. But I admit, I didn’t think it’d be that it was about a dog. Very moving.

Congratulations on reaching z.

I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

    Anagha Yatin · May 1, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Happy to have you at my blog. Thanks for visiting and enquiring about me and my family. We are doing well.
    I am glad you liked the story. Thanks once again.

Suchita · May 1, 2020 at 12:58 pm

I love how your stories have so much heart and even though this was a racy piece, the heart was still intact.

Shweta Suresh · May 1, 2020 at 3:20 pm

I loved the twist but it was so sad that Diana had to die. 🙁 This moved me to tears. I had a lovely time reading all of your stories, Anagha. Thank you so much for making my April lovely. Please don’t zip up your Stack of stories. I would love to read more! And I will keep visiting. Much love, Anagha.

Simon · May 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm

Congratulations on successfully completing the A to Z Challenge Anagha! You are a great story teller!

soniadogra · May 1, 2020 at 10:40 pm

Well done Anagha. You are a wonderful story teller and each bit of your flash was captivating. Congratulations and good luck with your channel.

Lynnette Forest · May 5, 2020 at 4:26 am

Intense story with an unexpected ending. Congratulations on finishing your A to Z Challenge!

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