A private person not afraid of taking chances, she likes to gather misfits and strays under her wing. Friends’ kids, foreign students far from home. And me, adrift. When she flies west to see her mom, she asks me to keep her man company, and I do – on the couch in their TV room, a rescue cat watching with a baleful eye. She brings us back matching tee-shirts and sends us out to dine and dance, while she stays home to read, the cat warm in her lap, her glass cupped in a napkin to soak up the weeping ice.
Fiona J. Mackintosh is the Scottish-American author of a flash fiction collection, The Yet Unknowing World from Ad Hoc Fiction (https://www.adhocfiction.com/). A past winner of the Fish, Bath, Reflex, and Flash 500 prizes, her flash fictions have been selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2019, Best Small Fictions 2019 and 2023, and the 2018-19 BIFFY50. Her short stories have been finalists in several major competitions including the Colm Toíbín, Bristol, Galley Beggar, and Fish Short Story Prizes.