Gag Order

Picture of a pocket gopher

“Oh come on, who doesn’t love a whoopee cushion?” Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher choked out between laughs and tears. “I mean really? I can’t help myself, I just can’t. Don’t be mad, Goat, please?”

Table for One

An Olympic Marmot Photo by Hosea Georgeson on Unsplash

“I shouldn’t have! Can I believe this? I am too much and too good to me! Far too good.” Olympic Marmot took in the enormous cake with lit candles. “Somebody would know that if had any friends. Yes, well, more cake for me.”

Good Deeds

A Kangaroo Rat Photo by Jonas Renner on Unsplash

Agile Kangaroo Rat knew he was in the lead of the crowd leaving the theater, now that the motion picture was over, and sprung for the door to hold it open. Only realizing too late, “It’s a trap.”

Fortune Telling

A Virginia Possum Photo by Christian Bender on Unsplash

“I don’t know why y’all are so worried about the rain.” Virginia Opossum said wryly. “Pretty soon it won’t be near as far to the creek as it once was, and that’s a good thing.”


A fox face Photo by Sunyu on Unsplash

“I came.” Swift Fox looked down at the inscribed stone in the grass. “You probably don’t know it. You can’t hear me, you can’t see me. But I’m here anyhow. I think you always knew I would so… here I am.”

Take a Turn

A picture of a shrew

House Shrew studied the table’s pieces carefully. “I’m not a political creature by my nature. To be honest, I believe in peace, harmony, and serenity. I also believe that sometimes one has to take matters unto themselves. So I plot, and I plan, and I move things along because I believe in my peace, my harmony, and most of all, my kind of harmony.”