“If you keep making that face it'll get stuck like that.”
Pablo Picasso* #quote
Time is a labyrinth of possibilities where you're never truly sure where the next turn will lead you. So the best thing to do is look around and realize the walls of labyrinth are full of paintings of wonderful moments even if some of the walls have some ugly ones with them. Anyway onto the flash fiction!
The Rat And The Cat
The cat guarded the home and it chased the rat, as cats should. Nastier than a mouse the rat glared and hissed at the cat, but it ran just like a mouse and lived in a hole just the same. Day in and day out the chase happened. One terrible day the cat managed to grab the rat's tail. The rat managed to get away, but lost the tail.
Another day, several months later, the rat could not flee to its hole during the chase, but found that the backdoor of the house had been left open. The rat had never been out of the house, he'd been born to a family of rats that lived in that home. But he took his chances. The cat chased the rat through the neighborhood and eventually to an alleyway. In the alleyway the rat thought it found its end, but instead a swarm of rats appeared. They surrounded the cat. The cat ran, and that day it nearly lost its tail.
The rat still headed back to the house. It's family lived there, and it couldn't leave them even for the safety of the alleyway.