Every morning—I assumed it was morning, but couldn’t be sure as the only light came from stark fluorescent tubes that were always lit—my horns were clasped and measured with calipers cinched by gloved hands.
‘Growing too slowly…’
The man in the white coat would mutter to himself each time before shuffling away, almost tripping over his too-long trousers, to top up my trough with a bland oily porridge that was served cold and congealed. It was unappetising but I’d eat it all, nothing escaping, not even the irony of all the meals I once snapped and shared with friends as though they’d mattered (the meals that is); the freedoms I’d taken for granted had never been photo worthy.
Following my awakening, I’d been kept in isolation and wasn’t aware there were others; my reflection on the glassed enclosure bore a strange resemblance to the me I’d been; my bangs were intact, I could still hear my mother nagging to let her cut it—what I’d give to hear even that now.
Microchipped, and scorched with a hot iron prong, I was led out onto a field where I met the others; on hearing the language—our language—for the first time, I let out an instinctive clicking, salivated yowl that surprised no one but me:
to which the others nodded in response:
The sapped mollasses of their eyes and the drone monotony of their voices made me suspect that life within the glassed walls was better than what lay ahead, even in the absence of company and the intrusive tests; that thought confirmed by a crackling alarm through the air on what I call my day zero, the day I shut my eyes for good, hoping to un-see that which had followed.
This not so micro-tale inspired by Sonya’s Three Line Tales, Week 105. I wrote this a while back but held off posting as I also started an illustration of this beautiful creature that I wanted to share. It requires more time than I have at the moment though, so illustration will be posted at another date. What do you think the cow saw? Also, the image reminded me of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, even though the ‘beasts’ in that film were aurochs, in my memory this is what they looked like. Have you seen that film? I highly recommend it.