“Aesop’s 11,” by Alexei Kalinchuk

Aug 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Fiction, Prose

Bears stole our garbage at the cabin that year. One bear in particular, recruited others from the wilds, from circuses and from zoos. This was the last big score, or so he promised.

“So this is your plan,” said a panda, skeptical and recruited mostly for his superior tumbling abilities and because his bamboo-rich diet created a tension-releasing distraction in his frequent bowel movements. “You really think it’ll work?”

“My dear panda,” said the first bear straightening his posture and speaking in a most unctuous voice while raising a paw, “do I not shit in the woods?”

This sarcasm caused the panda to soil himself in rage.

In that moment, the seeds for a double-cross were planted.


Defenestration-VikingAlexei Kalinchuk says, “I’ve been published in Amoskeag Journal and The Bitter Oleander, and am a well-regarded Master in the art of Ukrainian Massage. Also, I’m a former Mouseketeer—one of the ones they arrested for wire fraud.”

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