Deserted Things

A 100-word story.

After the separation, she put all her effort into creating a peaceful garden retreat. But the neighbor’s cats dug in her flowerbeds and lounged on her patio furniture, covering everything with hair.

She waged war, chasing them with her broom and spraying them with water. Finally the neighbor moved and she thought it was over — but he left the cats behind. For a week straight they haunted her garden, meowing mournfully.

“We three have all been abandoned,” she told them.

When she couldn’t take any more of it, she signed the divorce papers and bought a bag of cat food.

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