Short fiction published in Litro UK

My story ‘Flight’has been published by Litro UK.

Courage tries again, in vain, to explain to Eustace that his beloved Muriel is in danger.

Eustace kicks him muttering, “Stupid dog.”

Courage says, “Oh no, Muriel, I’ll save you.”

I’m watching Courage the Cowardly Dog and eating cornflakes. Courage lives in the middle of nowhere. Creepy things happen in nowhere. And the narrative always relies on him to save the day. I live on this small island in the Gulf with my parents. I could have been anywhere else but I’m still here. Stuck like Courage. I used to love how Courage always saves the day, saves his family. But I don’t think I do anymore. What if Courage could be free from the burden? Muriel and Eustace would be just fine without him. He could walk away anytime he wanted. But no, dogs are loyal. And so are daughters expected to be. Birds are not. We had birds before. I loved them a lot and took care of them. I opened their cage to test their loyalty. I was a fool. But they deserve their freedom … I guess.

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Michelle D’costa is a Mangalorean from Mumbai. She was born and raised in Bahrain. Her poetry and prose has been published widely in journals like Eclectica, Litro UK, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Coldnoon and more. She loves to interview writers. Her debut full-length short story and poetry collections are complete. She edits Kaani, an ezine for fiction. She talks about books on YouTube and blogs on WordPress.

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