“Make love, not war.”
Genghis Khan* #quote
Today I communicated with the spirits. They told me we should stop calling. Anyway onto the flash fiction!
The World Beyond The Cage
A linage of a rare species of rat lived in a zoo. Their striped fur had a beautiful mix of sky-blue and cloud-white spots made their species be nicknamed the the Sky Rats.
Fluffy, the youngest, with the most rigid tail and biggest eyes of all kids asked his parents, “What's the outside of the walls like? Beyond the rooms and the zoo?”
His parents looked at each other. The father honestly replied, “We don't know son. Our family has lived here for generations. Some of the walls outside the cage have pictures.”
A mother of a different family living in the same cage added, “Those pictures do look amazing. I often stare at them when I nest on the tree in our cage.” One trait of the Sky Rat species is that different families blended with each other and shared territory instead of fighting over it. Unusual considering many animals fight with others of the same species for territory.
Fangs, one of the eldest children proclaimed, “I'd love to explore that world.”
A zoo keeper then opened the cage. The rats gathered as often she would give them food. But at this moment she was adding two four rats. A mother, father, and their two sons. Because of the fact that Sky Rats bring others into their groups easily the zoo figured the wild ones would be able to mix with the ones bred in captivity. At least, that was the experiment.
Fluffy then yelled, “They, they're from the outside.”
The four rats scrambled into the cage and began muttering. “Where are we? Where's the nest? Where's the nest? Where's the nest? Are there holes to hide in?” They looked up panicked. “Hawks! Hawks! Look for hawks! You, you, you all have nests! Right? Let us join you! We must hide from the hawks.”
Fluffy then looked at his family and the others native to the cage and said to them, “Maybe we shouldn't go outside the cage.”