Foundling MAG

July 15, 2013
By GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 392 comments

They say the moon can make you a little mad. Maybe that's why I stop. I'm driving home late. Admittedly, I'm a little drunk from a solitary glass of gin I snuck in the office. Even when I hear the sickening sound of my rubber tires hitting something and squelching over it, I don't want to stop. I just want to drive home, take a hot bath, and go to sleep. But there is no denying the reality of the lump grinding beneath my wheels. I don't want to see the bloody mess I've created out of the once-­living flesh. I hate blood. It makes me feel faint. ­Besides, I don't want to acknowledge that as a result of my human error, I have quenched the spark of life.

I don't want to stop.

I have no reason to stop – no one has witnessed my would-be hit and run. But something makes me press my foot on the brake.

I get out of the car. The world is dark, illuminated only by my pale headlights and the silvery glow of the moon. At first I can't see anything. I round the car, almost convinced that my imagination was at play. That's when I hear the keening. It comes in bursts, sharp and pitiful. I close in on the sound.

There, I find the mangled form of a great gray wolf. Its body has been rearranged by the force of the impact with the car. It lies limp, and for a moment I am confused about the source of the noise. Then a small patch of fur detaches itself from the maroon mass of shadows. It makes a whining noise. Its eyes glitter in the moonlight. It's just a baby. Just a pup covered in its mother's cooling blood, but it's alive.

A lifetime of warnings about rabies and wolves and sharp teeth flash through my mind, even as I pick up the pup and wrap it in my shirt. It doesn't put up a fight. Instead, it snuggles against my skin as I drive home in the moonlight.

At home, I make a bed of newspapers in my sock drawer and put the wolf pup inside. It looks strange and wild in the dry light of my bedroom, but I am too tired to know what else to do. I resolve to take the pup to Animal Control in the morning, and then I sink into a deep sleep, punctuated by occasional squeaks from the wolf.

I wake up to the sound of a baby crying. The noise is harsh and foreign, as unfamiliar and unexpected as drywall crumbling in my bedroom. Dazed, I stagger out of bed. Finally my mind clears enough for me to realize the sound is coming from the sock drawer.


“They say the moon can make you a little mad,” I always warn my daughter. I tell her to lock herself away when the full moon comes out, and it's almost become second nature to her. They say the moon can make you a little mad, but I'm not sure if she's the mad one or I am.



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GreyGirl ELITE said...
on Oct. 5 2013 at 9:45 pm
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 392 comments
Merci beaucoup

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 18 2013 at 5:28 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 527 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

This is seriously amazing :) Cutoz on the Editos Choice

on Sep. 18 2013 at 10:42 am
TargonTheDragon GOLD, Ofallon, Missouri
15 articles 16 photos 292 comments

Favorite Quote:
First dentistry was painless.
Then bicycles were chainless,
Carriages were horseless,
And many laws enforceless.

Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless,
And coffee caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy was hatless,
The proper diet fatless.

New motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religion — godless.

*couldnt stop  

on Sep. 18 2013 at 10:41 am
TargonTheDragon GOLD, Ofallon, Missouri
15 articles 16 photos 292 comments

Favorite Quote:
First dentistry was painless.
Then bicycles were chainless,
Carriages were horseless,
And many laws enforceless.

Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless,
And coffee caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy was hatless,
The proper diet fatless.

New motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religion — godless.

i really like this. i thought at first that it was you telling the truth (or were you?) and i thought, by the end of the story, that it was fictional. i could believe you hitting something with your car, but it being a wolf, and the wolf having  a puppy was a bit far fetched.    i actually have had some pretty bad expiriences with this though...   one time a bunny ran out in front of my car and i hit it. i could stop cause i was on the highway going 65 miles an hour, and i had no reaction time.   then, just this morning, i almost hit a squirrel that so foolishly ran in front of my car. i was going slow enough to let it pass though.

GreyGirl ELITE said...
on Sep. 17 2013 at 11:40 pm
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 392 comments
thanks so much :D

on Aug. 9 2013 at 7:48 am
DeathOfAStar GOLD, Kailua, Hawaii
11 articles 1 photo 70 comments

Favorite Quote:
" Emancipate yourself from mental slavery"




- Bob Marley

This is really good. c:  


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