Jim Selleck Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Jim Selleck is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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The Kitten
by Jim Selleck

Bob peered in the window again for the hundredth time. His wife Sheila lay on the bed inside, peacefully sleeping next to Alex, his supposed best friend. It had been six weeks now since Sheila had killed him and he had been reincarnated as a cat. Six weeks of confusion and muddled impressions, huddling with his new brothers and sister, searching for Mother’s sweet milk. Finally his memories had returned, and as soon as he gained the strength and agility, he had come to this window, to stare mournfully at his murderer. He had thought about scratching an accusatory message in the sand, but who would see it?

Turning away, he licked a paw and groomed himself thoughtfully. There had to be a way. Stretching, he padded back across the patio to the converted dog house Sheila had made into a nursery. New scents were everywhere, tantalizing, some delicious, others dangerous. He had to focus on his purpose. As a house pet, he could not hope to take revenge directly. But how, what? Could he possibly find a computer keyboard left logged in and painstakingly type an email to the police, one paw at a time?

As he approached the nursery, he froze at a new sound. He was suddenly grabbed and lifted. Looking up, he saw the joyful face of a little girl. Licking her finger, for the first time in his life, he began to purr.

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