Constance was a doting, single mother of an infant. One night there was a fire in the baby’s room, a result of faulty wiring. She tried to save her baby, but the baby perished.
Constance’s brain dealt with the horror by convincing itself that the baby was a puppy. Constance dealt with the loss of her puppy by volunteering at the local animal shelter. She never understood why this gave her no sense of fulfillment.
Jon Beight lives and works in Western New York . He has been published in Red Fez, The Cynic Online Magazine, Apocrypha and Abstractions, and Feathertale.