Humor Flash Fiction posted April 8, 2021

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How my devious sister got a puppy despite parental protest

Grab-n-Go: Dogged Determination

by Elizabeth Emerald

When my sister was nine, she hounded our parents to let her get a puppy. They nixed Nancy's request; we already had two cats at her behest, and guess who never cleaned the litter box.

One Sunday, returning from a visit with my grandmother, we stopped at a rest area. A man in the parking lot was giving away a litter of black-and-brown mottled pups of indeterminate parentage. (Back in the day dogs were unleashed and unaltered.)

Nancy begged to no avail; my parents were relieved when the man said he'd be heading out shortly to try his luck elsewhere.

Nancy snatched one of the pups, ran back to our car, and locked herself in. In the mid-sixties manual era, cars could be locked from the inside; Nancy pressed down on the pop-up button such that my parents couldn't turn the key.

My parents banged on the door, yelling at Nancy to give the pup back before the man took off. 

After five minutes of their pounding, Nancy opened the door, pup in arms, smirk on her face, as we watched the man drive away. 

Guess who never walked the dog.



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