Alan, On His Birthday by Mikki Aronoff 

They shut down the amusement park when beavers ran amok among the rides. Threatened with lawsuits, the manager barked safety exits through a bullhorn. Alan howled and dug in his heels as his mother yanked him away, bumping and scraping him along the sidewalk; his father would take care of him once they got home. They flagged his chart in the ER when they x-rayed his arm. Mother crimsoned. Nurses looked her up and down. Outside, flat tails SPLAT! to distractwhile webbed paws zip the boy away to grow a thick, insulated coat. To learn how to plug leaks.


This story was runner up in the Amok themed quarterly flash fiction competition

About the author: Mikki Aronoff’s work appears or is forthcoming in New World Writing, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Tiny Molecules, The Disappointed Housewife, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, Gone Lawn, and elsewhere. She has received Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Microfiction nominations.