Flashing #36: Fable

Monday, May 11, 2009

In before mindnight! The bachelor party took up my entire weekend and I didn't get to sit down and write until a little bit ago. And now I have to do tomorrow's story...

I tried to reshape the original memoir into an Aesop-style fable. Hope you dig it. More Flashing at the main page.

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The Rat and the Cat

A rat was making his way towards the garbage can that he feasts at everyday. The garbage can is behind a cheese shop, and there is always a selection of soon-to-be moldy brie and epoisses and stilton. As the rat approaches the garbage can he hears a cat from the rooftops and he begins to scurry back to the safety of his nest.

“Don’t run away,” said the cat, “I just wanted to tell you about a better feasting spot. One with cheese and bread and wines and fish eggs that are sweeter and fresher than the trash you now eat. Follow me, and I’ll show you a feast that will make your tongue happy and your coat nice and oily.”

The rat has always dreamt of eating food from a table or right in the kitchen and decides to follow the cat. Once the rat is far enough from his nest, however, the cat pounces on him, and gobbles him right up. It is the freshest meal the cat has had in weeks.

If your life is already perfect, there is no way you can make it better.

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