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Friday Fiction: Unusual Pets

Kind of late but it’s still Friday in this particular time zone, and every time zone before mine so here’s my it’s almost midnight Friday  Fiction. A little bizarre maybe even for me.

Once again prompt from Rachel Poli:

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Time to Write: Unusual Pets


“Take it in, take it aaaaalllll in!”

She spread her arms out and twirled around in a slow pirouette, which only embarrassed me more in the bustling city streets. It was one thing coming from the village and seeing a city for the first time, and another for her a city dweller, to proclaim it to the passing crowds. I pushed her arms down and held them against her waist,

“I get it, the city is… humongous.”

“Oh no, it’s more than that. Look at that man over there.” She pointed at the lanky man attempting to readjust the metallic arm of an old man who seemed to be more rust than flesh.

“I’ve seen an android before.”

“No… look closer.”

“At what?”

She threw her hands up and freed herself from my grip only to drag me along with her towards the scene that seemed so mundane, the people passing barely gave them a second glance. We edged our way past the crowds, getting disapproving grunts from those we pushed past but none of them seemed to mind as much as I’d thought.

“What are you showing me!?” I managed to straggle out in between breaths but she was determined to show me whatever it was she was dragging me towards. We finally stopped before the two men and I gaped in wonder at the spectacle before us. She turned to stare at my gaping form

“Is he…?”

“A Transmodified horse. Yep!”

I looked from her, to what I had thought was a rusted old man who turned out to be an old horse whose skin had shriveled up so much it clung to his almost humanoid bones.

“What… what is this?”

“New trend here in our beautiful city. Transmodified animals as pets of sorts…”

“That’s inhumane!”

“That’s city life for you.”

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

4 responses »

  1. Awesome story! I especially loved the ending line.

    Reply
  2. Pingback: Time to Write: Stranger | Rachel Poli

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