He told her how his parakeets died, all at once, in the middle of a regular day. A bird holocaust. She could see, behind his words, such gorgeous, frantic colour that she held his hand. There were so many stories he’d never tell her about other departures. He was busy trying to make her laugh, reaching for a joke, and it would work! She’d laugh her fluttery heart out, hand it to him from the tip of her tree.


Meg Pokrass’ fifth collection, ‘Alligators At Night’, was published by Ad Hoc Fiction (2018). Her work has been anthologized in Best Small Fictions, 2018 (edited by Aimee Bender) and two Norton Anthologies; New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015). Meg is the Founding Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, Editor-in-Chief of New Flash Fiction Review, and Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival, UK and recently became the Flash Fiction Focus Editor for Mslexia Magazine.