Ran into this short story by Mitch Lavender late last Thursday night. It’s been stuck in the back of my head since then. I just had to share. Don’t let the sadness of the first few lines put you off. (I almost didn’t read it because I thought it would be a heart-breaker. I’m a sucker for dog stories.) This is a startling and interesting piece.
After you’ve praised the author, come back and tell me: could you do it?
This story appeared in Untrue Stories, Volume One, by Pantoum Press in 2012. It was inspired by a story written by David Yu – Standard Loneliness Package. I hope you like it, and if you do, please share.
Nothing More Than Feelings
by Mitch Lavender
Mari showed up at my cubicle at 10:40 in the morning.
“What’s your eleven o’clock?”
I checked my screen, sorted through my cases and replied, “I’ve got a funeral.”
“What kind of funeral?”
I clicked the case and waited for it open. “Grandmother.” I looked at the description. “Oh, man. And I’m a thirteen year-old girl.”
“Want to trade?” Mari asked immediately.
I did funerals every day. Some days, I had three or four in a row, but a grandmother was a tough one, especially when I’m getting the transmission from a thirteen year-old girl. Mari’s case must be super-bad if she wanted to…
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