“Artificial Sweetener,”  The Offbeat , Volume 19, Fall 2018.   Winner of the 2018 Fiction Prize judged by T. Geronimo Johnson.

“Artificial Sweetener,” The Offbeat, Volume 19, Fall 2018.

Winner of the 2018 Fiction Prize judged by T. Geronimo Johnson.

Koko didn’t come in his official How to Care for Your Therapeutic Seal box, since she’d bought him used from an unauthorized dealer, but no matter—she’d already read all of the directions online, and watched an excessive number of YouTube videos that featured elderly people in recliners listlessly stroking their new pets’ heads.

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