A few nights ago our Aussiedoodle, Sachi went out in the backyard and within minutes barked as if his life depended on it. My husband and I went out to see what the ruckus was about and discovered our dog had cornered an opossum against the fence. You might think: and so? Opossum are common in many regions in the States, but not here in Southwest Montana. My husband managed to draw our dog away from the opossum by pulling out his back two legs. We hurried the dog inside.
Everyone survived without scratches or bites, but the incident caused a fast heart rate for a few minutes. Come to think of it, it took several minutes to calm down. All sorts of possibilities had come to mind; the dog attacking the creature huddled in a corner, the opossum lunging at our dog and biting him, rabies, a wild creature wounded.
Unexpected scenarios, emotions and imagining all the possibilities. Isn't this one way in which we can harness ideas for writing fiction?