Postcard-sized flash fiction about the things we think we know about others, life, death, and everything in between. And it all starts with an image...

Stray Animal

me: Did you feed him?
 
him: I didn’t. You told me never to do that, so I didn’t.
 
me: How did he get here?
 
him: I don’t know. Maybe he followed me home last night.
 
me: He’s old and rusty and his hind end sags. He needs a doctor. It’ll cost. If we keep him, it’ll cost.
 
We stand there looking at the wide-set eyes and rangy body.
 
him: I can’t send him away. Not with him looking at us like that. If you don’t want him, you get rid of him.
 
We never did. And it cost us some, but not as much as I thought. And now, man, oh man, does he growl when he gets rolling. It’s the best sound ever. It’s been two years and neither of us can remember a time when he wasn’t sitting in our driveway, waiting for us to take him for a ride. It’s like he’s always been one of the family.

 


 

Postcard Stories Podcast – An Author Reading.

 

 

Postcard-sized flash fiction about the things we think we know about others, life, strays, and everything in between. And it all starts with an image...
6 Comments
  • Michelle Sampson
    Reply

    I’m a few behind on my Postcards but I’ll catch up here later today. Enjoyed this story. Creative as always!

    May 27, 2020 at 12:36 pm
  • Mary Izzo
    Reply

    Love this. Same thing happened to my grandson, only with a lizard.

    May 30, 2020 at 10:02 am
  • Michele Venne
    Reply

    Cool story! Love the pic and the words…lots of strays out there in the world.

    June 12, 2020 at 6:12 pm

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