Natalie loved her job as much as she hated her boss, but Charles was 20 years from retirement, so she took matters into her own hands.
When her experimental Platurtlepus used its tail to whack a groundhog into submission, Natalie knew she was on to something.
A few early tests failed: Rhinoseal was just horny and mated with dolphins, sea otters and hippos; Flaminbeego stung a vulture and flew off; Crockaroo bounced from its creek into oblivion.
But her Gorillaphant – while it took some coaxing – adapted well to Natalie’s training. She abandoned him, hungry, in Charles’ office on a Friday night so ol’ Charley was the first piece of meat her Gorillaphant encountered Monday morning.
Last week, Natalie’s new warden for the next 40 years to life refused her request to keep a rat in her cell, saying “that lady is an animal.”
And that, my friends, concludes our romp through the alphabet with six-sentence stories of occupational hazards for the A to Z Challenge. These stories were inspired by Ernest Hemingway, who created the first six-word story: For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
Thank you for hanging with me during the month. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and would never have made it without your encouragement. I’m serious. Without you, I probably don’t make it past D. Okay, I would have done E for Editor cuz that was fun.
I’ll do some sort of recap next week and post it on the blog. I get to celebrate the finish line all day Saturday at a bachelor party that begins at noon and allegedly ends at midnight. Might as well call Uber now because I won’t be driving.