Good Narrative Principles

Find Charlie


Nadia is nuts about dogs. The bumper sticker on the back of her ’92 Volvo reads “If my dog doesn’t like you neither do I”. Once a month she marches her two teacup yorkies, Harold and Maude, in the dog parade held in her hometown. Twice a day she brushes their very fragile and brittle teeth and has done such a fine and thorough job that her Vet congratulates her every time she stops in for a quick hello and a check up. When she sees the photo of Charlie, the missing blonde Lab, taped to every streetlight and stop sign, her heart breaks. The next night, despite the frigid weather, Nadia volunteers for the search team. Periodically, she hears reports of a blonde Lab chasing cars near the exit ramp of the highway or raiding the dumpster of the local Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Invariably, she arrives too late. Four months later, Nadia is the captain and only remaining member of the Find Charlie Club. Even the dog owners have moved on. In her inbox are pictures of the new blonde lab named Charlie 2. Their seeming indifference only strengthens her resolve. Tomorrow she will be interviewed by a local NPR reporter. With any luck the story will go viral.  (Photo: Tim Duch)

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