Pet Shopping

“But daddy I wanted one of the cute humans, this one is all sad and fat.”

Fat, I think poking my midriff, I am not fat, “excuse me?” I begin hoping to get the older green blob to turn back around from the instrument panel he uses to navigate the craft out of the Earthen atmosphere.

“Beggars can’t be choosers. I had very little time to decide.”

“Look, everyone,” I say again standing up and for the first time not being concerned with how naked I was. “I am not a pet.”

“Oh, daddy. Never mind look he is talking like he thinks he’s Zopnok!”

“Oh God,” I scream as the blob picks me up by my left arm. I dangle as she licks my face with a transparent tongue, or what I assume is a tongue only because I would rather it be that and not some other alternative.

As she licks I scream.

“Oh daddy this one loves me, it’s purring.”

“As long as you’re happy darling.”


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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