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by Megan Fahey

When it was Kathy’s turn to answer what animal she’d most like to be, she blushed and said, “Oh, I don’t know.”

“But that’s not fair,” the other guests said, “We told you ours.”

“A dog, then, I guess,” she said.

But, “No, no,” they told her, “You have to think about it—really think about it. You don’t want to be a dog.”

“Sure I do,” said Kathy. “Dogs are active and loyal and—”

“—And smelly.”

Everyone laughed when Mrs. Cackashinko said this. Kathy sipped her wine.

When she was finished, she put the crystal glass back on the stone coaster and said, “I think I’ll be going now.”

Everyone said, “No, stay,” but Mrs. Cackashinko said, “The coat room is that way.”

Kathy found the bedroom instead and before she left, nibbled just a bit on the old woman’s slipper.

Megan Fahey is a first-year MFA student at West Virginia University and a recent graduate from the MA program in writing at Coastal Carolina University. In addition to having some short plays produced, her fiction has been published in Foliate Oak, The Ampersand, and Allegory.

Lead image: “*DOG REVOLUTION*” (via Flickr user Ste Pagna)


  1. pamelala95 pamelala95

    Very nice piece of flash–spare but impactful. I enjoyed it!

  2. Southpaw Southpaw

    That was thoroughly enjoyable!

  3. You’ve accomplished a lot with very little. I think it’s extremely effective.

  4. I like this. It is short, but makes you think about who she is. I don’t think it needs to be extended. I like to blunt ending.

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