I’m going with fiction this time, In the Fox’s Parlour, a piece of flash published in the Jet Fuel review, and nominated by them for the Pushcart and the Best of the Net.
Here’s an excerpt– for the entire piece, click here.
We’ll meet outside the city at noon, wheelchairs clanking, and I’ll teach you how to make out with a fox. Foxes have longer tongues than women. They will reach into your throat, down to your stomach. They’ll extract your truth, pleasuring you the while.
If you’re in pain, they’ll find its hard ball, stroke it till it dissolves on their black tongues. Don’t be afraid, they will do it at noon, under a tent of prayer flags strung together on three bamboo sticks. Three is magic: you, me, and the fox.
Your family tells you be thankful for what you got, of the way you can paint tracks on sand with your wheelchair. I’ll show you how to dance, walk on your palms, your head, your wrists. Who needs feet?
I like to think of it as a story of hope amidst despair, of taking refuge in the fantastical when the real becomes too much, of the descent (or ascent) into our animal selves when we’re pushed to the edge, when we’re pitied, reviled, rejected. This flash is the day in the life of two people on wheelchairs.
My days are not very interesting, so I chose a fictional day in the lives of fictional characters.
What is a day in your life like? Do you read or write Flash Fiction? What do you have to say about ‘In the Fox’s Parlour?’
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