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by J. Bradley


Mom pets the schnauzer with the new gloves we got for the latest version of her body. The schnauzer growls. We try to pull her away but the schnauzer turns and snaps.


Mom pets her new schnauzer. She pets the schnauzer with her index finger underneath its jaw. The schnauzer's leg shakes. We look in the newspaper to see if anyone reported what happened to the schnauzer she pet yesterday.


Mom won't tell us how she made the schnauzer. It's a miracle, she explains as we watch her pet the schnauzer in her glass house. She reaches inside her green gaseous body and pulls out a ghostly tennis ball. Mitch and me drink to forget what it looks like when a schnauzer bites the wrong hand.

About J.

J. Bradley is the author of Greetings from America: Letters from the Trade War (Whiskey Tit Books, 2019). His flash fiction piece, “How to Burn a Bridge Job Aid” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019. He lives at

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