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I saw the rat again tonight. I saw it two nights ago, but I had chosen to convince myself that I was just imagining things. How could a rat have gotten into the house?

*****

A.V. says I can’t write a story about a rat.
Why not? I ask.
“Because it isn’t poignant. If you’re writing, it has to be about something important. ”
“Important? Important like what?” I am genuinely puzzled.
She says, “well, for example, the rat can be a metaphor for our failed government.”

Now I’m really confused.
“Huh, what failed government?” I think as I start over.

*****

I saw the rat again tonight. I saw it two nights ago, but I had ignored it and hoped it would go away.
Tomorrow, I will buy some poison or a trap. And I will kill it.

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9 responses »

  1. Tolu Talabi……………………….

    Tolu Talabi……………………………………………………………………………….

    Tolu Talabi……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I am speechless with laughter! You are officially……………………..

  2. (Uche)Is there something deeper within this story that I’m supposed to get? Cos I certainly am not reading between any lines with this one.
    Its probably the shortest story ever but it still shows its authors skill. I like. A lot. I’m still very hungry for more though.
    “If you’re writing, it has to be about something important”, should that “if” not be “when” instead?

  3. Proactive, that’s our Tolu. Take the situation in hand and all of that. B-. (I never give As they make people lazy). The minus is because I hate rats. Consider your mammal choice wisely next time.

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