She hasn’t been right since she hit the pheasant. It was a sign, she says. Of what, she doesn’t know, but it was definitely a sign. She worries about the lack of trees, about plastic in the oceans, about not waking up in the morning. She refuses to drive now. She closes her eyes and hums every time we pass a squashed rabbit or mangled fox. She grabs my knee, digs her claw nails deep into my flesh. It’s all just blood and guts and fur, she cries. Another pheasant, baking in the early evening sun. A badger, still twitching. 






Gary Duncan’s flash fiction collection, You’re Not Supposed to Cry, is available from Vagabond Voices. He is the founding editor of Spelk Fiction.

Photo Credit: Miguel Tejada-Flores

14 Responses to “Roadkill”

  1. Janice says:

    Absolutely wonderful visuals – as much as they made me cringe!

  2. Eric Skinner says:

    This is quite wonderful. Thank you for this brief tour through roadkill and its consequences.

  3. sian says:

    well done, I like this has a lot of unknown meaning, engages the reader.

  4. Melissa says:

    Really good read.

  5. Mark says:

    Very good.
    So good, in fact, that one of my sophomore students copied it verbatim and handed it in as his own.
    As I scanned it, I laughed at the intro, and said to myself, “This is GOOD!” I kept reading. “This is VERY good.” I hit the twitching badger ending. “This is very, very … um … ah, heck, this is too good.”
    A quick Google search later and … voila, Gary Duncan.
    My student got a zero, a call to mom, and a lack of trust forever from me, too, but, hey, at least he had good taste!

    • Gary Duncan says:

      Ha! I’m flattered – I think! That’s a first for me. He didn’t even change a few words? You might want to let him know there’s this thing called the internet and you really can’t get away with that kind of thing now. Thanks for the feedback!

  6. Reece says:

    Great read, love reading these.

  7. Tony Press says:

    So good!
    “She closes her eyes and hums every time … .”

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