Coat of Arms. It’s a 6.

Diminutive in stature, spirit enormous, Maximus of Riding took stock of the surroundings within moments of stepping outside his manor, well understanding it fell upon him to defend the family within; no foe shall breach it’s boundaries nor penetrate it’s walls as long as he draws breath.

His bravery and exploits were known from one end of the small kingdom to the other, neighboring landowners aware and in awe of his esteemed reputation, his loyalty and allegiance to those he loved, his primary purpose.

It was a decisive day early in the year of ’21, in the skirmish with the Dane, when battle colors of the Fawn and the Grey flew furiously, Maximus emerging victorious, thus giving birth to the legends.

As told, the morning had broken with skies adorned in the colors of the season, clear and piercing, air briskly chilled and infused with aromas to arouse the senses; he was vigilant.

*sound of door opening, then closing*  “Hey, was beginning to wonder if you two got lost on the walk, Max might have great stamina but he’s still a little dog.”

*with a smile to her voice”*  “We had a little diversion on the way back – met the new neighbors and their dog; standing beside Max, it was like looking at David and Goliath!”

40 thoughts on “Coat of Arms. It’s a 6.

  1. Pat Brockett June 23, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    You fooled me. I was back in 1621 or maybe earlier somewhere in history, or in a completely different genre of writing. If it hadn’t been for the asterisks I would have still been there. HaHa
    Very clever and entertaining SSS!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 23, 2021 / 9:58 pm

      Hey, 1621 sounds about right, Pat 😀 Could have been the time period permeating my brain at the time, lol
      Thank you!

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  2. CJ Stark June 23, 2021 / 9:33 pm

    Me in the beginning: aww, if this isn’t a dog I’m going to be disappointed.

    Me at the end: Aahhh! I’m not disappointed!

    Cute and clever story. Made me grin 😁

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  3. The Atomic Mage June 24, 2021 / 3:31 am

    Well, that was unexpected, D, perfectly twisted from a feudal battle to a modern-day dog adventure, just so excellently set up and finished 😎😎 Plus, the insertion of directions at the beginning of the last two sentences gave it a ‘script’ feel which was a nice added touch.
    My cool auntie I told you about had two Great Danes when I was a lad, and these dogs were almost like horses to me in their size!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 24, 2021 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you, V 🙂 I don’t know why my brain traveled to feudal times but it was fun. Interesting – “script” feel. Once again, the beauty of this hop – receiving feedback like that. Très appréciée 😎😎 Had not considered as potential effect when writing.
      Yeah, she is. 2 Great Danes, love it! I bet they were, lol

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  4. Chris Hall June 24, 2021 / 4:45 am

    Ha ha ha! Still laughing, Denise! Great set up, great twist. You certainly had me fooled. 🙂

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  5. ceayr June 24, 2021 / 5:42 am

    Superbly built, wonderfully misleading, Denise.
    Chapeau!

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  6. Susan St.Pierre June 24, 2021 / 7:35 am

    You laid this out perfectly! I was imagining Napoleon and “BAM” he turned into a Jack Russell terrier. LOL

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 24, 2021 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you, Susan 🙂 That’s good! He is about that size, lol.

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  7. larry trasciatti June 24, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    That’s a fine twist. It reminds me of a couple women in my neighborhood who have dogs named Emma and Mr. Darcy.

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  8. Michael B. Fishman June 24, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    I loved the twist and after the second reading appreciated just how perfect the whole thing was. I especially liked the song choice.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 24, 2021 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you, Michael! Especially for reading twice.
      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  9. clark June 24, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    Worth every bit of the disbelief I suspended at the start.

    Best part of such sharp-angle climax Sixes, is we Readers get, like, two whole stories.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 24, 2021 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you, Clark.
      That is certainly a pleasant by-product of these type stories 🙂

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  10. jenne49 June 25, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    You had me with that one, Denise! What a fun and clever twist. I had it all pictured in my mind… And then it just ‘re-pictured’ itself in such a delightful way.

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  11. Shweta Suresh June 26, 2021 / 10:28 am

    Haha. Great twist at the end. I didn’t see that one coming. It thought it was sent in the middle ages!

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