Daisy, a mildly clever Pomeranian, wakes up at the sound of a street light winking out and begins to bark—until she isn’t making noise despite her efforts. She’s floating, carried away by the light. The kitchen window opens for her and closes behind her.
The next morning, her human scolds her while sweeping up the dog food she finds on the kitchen floor, unaware of what she’s destroying.
This is a light-hearted short-short. Poor Daisy, who is only trying to be heard in ways she things her humans will understand, is dismissed and scolded for her efforts. No doubt she’s a good girl. She’s just too easily ignored.
Never fear. Her day will come. Maybe.
I liked this little tale.
According to his blurb, Sean Patrick Whiteley is lives in Massachusetts. When he isn’t doodling or staying up far too late, he is exploring the curious places of New England and experiencing sunlight with his wife. His fiction has been featured in The Furious Gazelle Halloween Anthology, FIVE:2:ONE, various podcasts, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @SeanPWhiteley.
“Daisy’s Star Map” can be read here.
Title: “Daisy’s Star Map”
Author: Sean Patrick Whiteley
First published: Daily Science Fiction, August 3, 2020