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.