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A Short Story by James D. Pratt

Copyright 2011 James D. Pratt

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Pug Haggard sighed. “Boys, it’s time to go to town.”

He looked down at his brothers, his expression a comical mixture of affection and contempt. Utler and Rez were a mess, but they were his mess. Like their daddy always said, the only two things you could really count on in life were death and family. Of course, ’ol Pa Haggard had rendered that little nugget of wisdom obsolete by outfoxing Granny Death on numerous occasions, but that was beside the point.

It was still a bit of a novelty for Pug, be able to look down at his brothers like that. Time was, he’d had to content himself with merely looking down on them which as the oldest he’d been doing for the entire duration of their long, strange lives. In the old days, before Miss Fortune’s shadow had fallen upon the Haggard Brothers in a big way, Pug had worn a much more compact frame and as such required a box on which to stand or a club with which to swing were he desiring to look his brothers’ in the eye.

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