Okay peeps it’s been a crazy busy week so for my lack of time I’m posting this short flash. It won the monthly challenge over on Devin’s forum and the theme for February was Pet Love Tails. I was in a very deep mood when I wrote this. I was thinking about minorities, of all kinds, and how they are often treated/mistreated. I thought that if I could show this same thing through the eyes of our pets that perhaps younger kids would better learn the message. I hope you enjoy it.
A Tail of Purr-spective
“Your tail is short. It’s not like ours.”
“Yes I know.”
“And your coat is thick and fluffy. Ours is sleek and perfect.”
“Is that hair on your belly?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Well you are not one of us, not at all. Are you some kind of foreigner?”
“Yes, actually, I am.”
“Well that settles it then, you will never be one of us.”
“I’m sorry, but why would I want to be one of you when I am already one of me?”
“Well to fit in of course. You will be laughed at, teased, you will never gain acceptance here with us.”
“I will find acceptance here. Perhaps not with you, but I will find a place to belong here.”
Just then, one of the young greyhound pups skittered over to halt in front of the strange fluffy tailless foreigner.
“Hey I have fur and so do you!” said the pup.
“Yes, I do.”
“And you have a tail too!”
“Yes, I do.”
“Would you like to be my friend?”
“I really would! But you do know that we’re different from each other don’t you?”
“Well that’s cool, I’m weird too. I have a missing toe, see?” said the pup as he stuck his paw out for me to see. He licked my face wetly, covering it in drool. “Wanna come play with me?”
“Oh yes! I love to play.”
“Awesome! You can come live in my crate with me and we can play together all day long forever and ever.” he toddled off toward the back door and I followed after my new mate.
The old mother hound sat there staring after her pup in shocked horror.
“There, you see,” I purred loudly as I passed her by, “Told you so.”
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
Get outta your funk. When I feel down or uninspired, I write flash. My manuscript is 150 pages of dramatic fiction; I’d never before considered writing about vampires, angels, or even unicorns. However, I had the very good fortune to come across Kelley Armstrong’s novels and her writing forum. It has opened my eyes to a completely new side of myself that I’d never have met otherwise.
If you really want to get better, as both a writer and a person, then go find something far outside your personal comfort zone and give it a shot. Write it. You might just surprise yourself. 😉