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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A short story depicting a first-person perspective of what animals must go through living within a zoo, a unique telling of an event that happened on May 26th, 2016 that shook the world with the unnecessary death of a strong beast defending an innocent and young child.

This short story was written in 2016 and was published within my high-school anthology book series, full of short stories and other written pieces by other students per year as part of their literature festival.

Here I am, lying in pain. The throbbing agony in my body. The mighty suffering humans can cause, I am locked within these savage caves. The rats expose us to what we fear within our own eyes. The fear of the humans observing and spying on us like mice. Seventeen years of utter cruelty we have anguished, the human child who carelessly fell into the pits.

His pain I could not bear seeing, I took him in my hands as the rats roared above us. The splash of water echoed their raging screams. I took the child away, away from the savages. I comforted him as he was in broken anguish, it broke me to feel that I cared for him.

The child that could have been snatched by the others, the slow smile he gave to me as I held him carefully. The tears falling from his small face. I hear a bloodcurdling scream behind me.

A pain comes, brutal suffering within my body. It’s hard and rough like a slick-hot knife. I fall with the child; the child has fallen in pain. I have seen a lifetime of cruelty, cruelty no human would dare to feel.

Lying on the ground I feel myself, vaporizing into the air as I float to the Great Kingdom. I see myself while floating, I can finally escape the internal pain endured with me forever.

Submitted: April 28, 2021

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olive tree

Thank you for writing this. Was interesting from the animal perspective. Not many people are empathetic towards animals, we cherry pick the cute ones and even then systemic injustices are carried out on species driven into extinction. Couldn’t agree more. We think we’re civilised but we’re brutes with superiority complexes.

Wed, April 28th, 2021 10:17am

LE. Berry

Fine piece expressing in empathy that of a non-human mind that can be strikingly similar to ours. I like the ending with a spirit space for others.

Thu, April 29th, 2021 8:53pm

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