by DAVID CLARKSON
Cat #361 by K-nekoTR| Flickr
Where to begin? Openings are never easy; whether it is opening a story or opening a box. More so when opening a story about opening a box. Sometimes it’s best to go right ahead and do it.
So that’s what we’ll do. We’ll open the box as we open the story. Then all that is left to do is take a look inside.
“Well?” asked the owner. “What do you see?”
The vet stared into the box. There was no need to check for a pulse. They had enough experience of death to be able to spot it anywhere.
“Your cat is dead,” they told the owner.
“Are you sure?”
The vet looked again. The prognosis was beyond doubt. A taxidermist could not have fixed the animal’s expression more solidly. Although they probably would have tidied up its expression a bit. The tongue protruding from the side of the deceased’s mouth was most distasteful.
As If Hell Were A Real Place
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