Summer 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 2009 |

Terrier

Will went with Linda to the animal shelter because he had a crush on her and thought that the trip would help her to see him in a good light. She called Sunday morning, told him she needed a favor, and he said he was free. A lie. He'd planned on going to yoga in the afternoon for his back pains. He met Linda a month ago at yoga, before she quit to join a more challenging class. She picked him up and told him in the car that she'd put a hold on a dog yesterday. "Impulse shopping," she said, and that she needed a neutral party. Will felt absurdly hurt, but said, "I'm your man." The shelter was south of town, in an area that was undeveloped two years ago when Will moved to Colorado. Tract houses were there now, and people were raking leaves and washing cars. He saw a sign for Shaeffer's Miniature Animals and Petting Zoo, and in a small field beyond the houses, children were looking into an oval pen. "They do something scientific to alter those animals," Linda said. "It

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