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Monthly Writing Contest

August 2005 Winner: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, A Brief Encounter
Honorable Mention: Carol Gandolfo, Seymour's Dilemma
Honorable Mention: Barbara Schnell, Skunk Story
View the 2005 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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August Honorable Mention
Skunk Story
by Barbara Schnell

     It all started with that damn deer, Flower thought mournfully as he surveyed the horticultural wreckage his life had become.
     He’d been a lonely little fellow. Nobody would play with him because he tended to expel nasty gases when he got excited. He’d been hiding in a flowerbed, enviously watching the other kids play, when Bambi caught sight of him and mistakenly called him ‘Flower’. So, to make himself acceptable to herbivores he’d adopted the name and buried himself in all things floral to mask his natural scent. He finally had friends. Unfortunately, none of them were skunks.
     The friends grew up, as friends do, and gravitated to others of their kind. Except for Flower. Other skunks thought his fixation with plants (for decorating, not eating) was odd. Some whispered that he was gay.
     Now Bambi had a mate and Flower had pansy-motif bed linens.
     He was an adult skunk, dammit! It was time to accept what he was, find a mate, and get on with life. He released long pent-up flatulence with a sigh of relief. What freedom it was to be able to quit worrying about personal odor! He looked at his bedroom critically. Tomorrow he’d lose the foliage and get striped sheets and a leather daybed. He rubbed his paws together in anticipation. Little skunky odors escaped from under the covers and he inhaled them in appreciation.
     But first he’d change his name to Stinky..


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