Take a Bath, Already!

Flea

A Conversation

“I trained all of them. Just put your nose under the big top so you can see.”

“There’s no big top. Just a bunch of dirty hair.”

“Humor me; if you dig in there you can see the center of the tent. That’s where they perform.”

“I can’t get past the smell. You need a bath.”

“Forget about me. Focus on the stage.”

“I see them. They’re all just sort of sitting there.”

“Watch this. Did you see it?”

“See what?”

“Harvey. He flipped in mid-air and landed on his nose. The world’s fastest jumping flea!”

“Nothing happened.”

“Harvey jumped! He’s just so fast.”

“Uhm, he just sat there.”

“Maybe your nose is too long and you’re not able to see him jump.”

“I’ll have you know my nose is short for a dachshund.”

“Here. I’ll get them to jump all at once. Did you see it?”

“No. They all just sat there again.”

“Pooey. You’re just blind.”

“Now that you mention it, my eyes are starting to water from that mix of dander, foxtails, and grass. Man, you really need to dip yourself in the dog dish.”

“Fine. I have the world’s fastest, best trained, most spectacular troupe of jumping fleas on my back, and you’re worried about me taking a bath. You frustrate me.”

“I think I’d be less frustrated if you took a bath.”

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Michael Shawn Sommermeyer

Michael Shawn Sommermeyer writes fast fiction, observations, poetry, mysteries, fantasies, and science fiction. He focuses on oddities, unbelievable facts, strange phenomenon, discoveries, and the people who wander uneven worlds. He ponders the dreams of mythmakers and explores what the every person dreams about. He writes fiction for http://wordsmithholler.com and has written scientific and technical writing for a number of magazines.

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