Sunday, May 15, 2016

Janet Flash: Dumb Animals

by Michael Seese

This week's Janet Reid contest was somewhat challenging, given the nature of the words:


Luckily, we're allowed to tack extra letters onto the words. Doing so allowed me to write "Dumb Animals."

The deer chuffed as it pranced in the white fluff.

“Take a breath, squeeze the trigger,” Dad urged me.

I froze. The deer spied me and dashed. I exhaled relief. Clearly, bloodlust is miffy. Then Dad coolly felled it.

He sulked the entire drive home. “It's just a dumb animal,” was all he said. The relief of his silence lasted only to the front door.

“I need a stiff drink, and... Look at this house! Where’s your idiot mother?"

That day, for the first time in my life, I saw my Father as a killer. It wouldn't be the last.

I've got to say, "miffy" is a pretty cool word. (And yes, I had to look it up.) 

Let me know what you think.

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