Summer 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 2012 |

Humans Being

The woman probably thought I hoarded things, I thought—like those sad, demented, obsessed, focused people on recent cable shows. She came to my door in search of a wild, lost, running dog she'd adopted from the Humane Society two days earlier and had a drawing of the thing, seeing as she hadn't had time to pull out a camera and take photos. She wasn't much of an artist. I'm no expert in all things traceable, but it seems to me she could've gotten on the Internet, Googled "dog images," found something that looked like her mixed breed, then gone around the neighborhood showing off a picture that didn't look like a crude cartoon character. I pulled open the front door hard in order to shove a box out of the way and reach my arm out to take a better look. "A couple people down that way," the woman said, pointing with her thumb down Slaughterhouse Road, "said that you might have taken a stray dog in." She looked past my body, through my underarm at all the boxes stacked up in the f

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George Singleton has published five collections of stories, two novels, and a book of writing advice. His next collection of stories, Between Wrecks, will be available on May 13, 2014. He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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