I’d forgotten Martha’s birthday. Again.
“I bet you’ve got me that kitten,” she said, but I hadn’t.
Two minutes later I was banging on my neighbor’s door.
“Right, Johnnie,” I said. “I told Martha you were looking after a kitten for me. Now I’m going back to tell her you left the window open and it escaped.”
“You’re a piece of shit,” he said.
Back upstairs, I explained the situation.
“It’ll come back,” Martha said, and she carried a saucer of milk down to the sidewalk.
You should have seen her sitting out there.
It would have broken your fucking heart.
Laura Besley says
Julian Grant says
Great story. Sad.
Yolanda Joosten says
There’s a lot of story in your 101 words!
Am I heartless to think the subterfuge was hilarious? 😉 Well done.
Scott Bogart says
This one hits me in the funny bone. Sounds like the guy is a well known POS, always working angles. I’ve known a few shisters like this in my time.
I had a friend who lied to her daughters and told them that the dog she put down ‘ran away’. For a full year they stood in the yard until dark every night calling for their dog. I love my friend and believe she tried to do the right thing, but when she told me this I had to say, she deserved this heartache. . . Don’t lie to your kids!
Jennifer J. says
There’s a lot of emotion packed into this piece.
Eunice Amero says
A strong and good piece.
Really liked, it, thanks for sharing.