Her messages were composed almost entirely of cat photos. Doug hated cats. What good were they in the food chain? Despite his distaste for felines, Doug continued to receive cutesy cat-themed messages from Melvina—almost daily. He wondered how Melvina was able to spend so much time on Facebook and Tumbler, while she was in the joint?
As he turned up the radio in his new Mercedes and pulled out into traffic on Sunset Blvd, he found himself thinking, What a shame that a good woman like Melvina should get “Life” for a murder she didn’t commit.
Of course, Doug had been the one who pulled the trigger on that little mongrel behind the counter at the Bakersfield Seven Eleven—seemed like the little yappy mutt would never have shut up—but this time, he couldn’t help it that he used the piece that had Melvina’s paw prints plastered all over it.
Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California, and lives in Boston. Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in: The Baltimore Review, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday, The Potomac, San Pedro River Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Barely South Review, Right Hand Pointing, Sleet, Boston Literary Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Camroc Press Review, Short, Fast, and Deadly, and other publications. Links to his poetry and fiction can be found at: http://bradrosepoetry.blogspot.com. His chapbook of miniature fiction, Coyotes Circle the Party Store, can be read at https://sites.google.com/site/bradroserhpchapbook. Audio recordings of a selection of Brad’s published poetry can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/bradrose1.