While Chewing, They Seemed Grateful

by Joanna Ellsworth

A caterpillar took out a second mortgage on his bungalow
in Vancouver to cover the cost of private preschool for the larvae. The ink
on the paper assaulted his antennae with the scent of sacri ce.

He sets his alarm for odd
increments of time and wants
nothing more than to sleep for eight consecutive hours and thirty-seven minutes.

Second mortgages are cheaper than rst mortgages. Mostly because you die
before you have to pay it all back. The larvae slithered through the yellow shag
carpet to ask for a drink of water. The caterpillar folded the bank forms into a funnel and fed
the signatures to his young.