Each of these stories is exactly 100 words.
Mickey pokes his nose out.
The lid rattles. He leaps into her hand almost before it’s inside his glass aquarium. Her scent is a mixture of crispy bacon and roses.
Mickey trembles upright on her palm. He begs her ocean eyes to see who he really is inside rather than as the white rodent form he’s trapped in. He stretches near her magic rosy lips. She could change him back into a handsome prince with one single kiss.
Emily hands him a peanut instead. She brushes his fur against her cheek and drops him back in his tank.
THE RAT SITTER
When Nevi watches Emily’s rat for her, the rat acts strange.
The little guy stares at me as if he can read my mind. It’s almost as if he wants to transmit his ratty thoughts to me.
This time Nevi is careful to keep his gaze on soft focus. He doesn’t want to end up in another staring contest with Emily’s pet white rat.
When the tapping starts, Nevi jumps. The rat holds an almond in one hand.
Or is it his foot?
The rat taps the glass with his almond.
Nevi sits suddenly.
Emily’s rat knows Morse code.
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The bacon pops and wrinkles in the skillet. Emily watches him through the veil of steam on her kitchen window.
Mickey’s hair flashes like spun gold in the sun as he shoots baskets in his driveway.
He’s more interested in basketball than in me.
She wishes he could feel the longing that floods her heart.
Emily uses string to tie bacon into the shape of a man. Then she goes out to the arbor to cut a single red rose.
After she speaks the words of enchantment, his abandoned basketball rolls against the curb.
She grabs the rat.
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Thanks for reading.