Scene at a Vet’s Surgery
by Dannielle Viera
The door opened with a bang. Molly’s squeak of surprise was drowned out by a wave of hisses and howls. A wild-eyed woman dashed to the desk and wailed, ‘My cockroach is crook! Please help him!’
She held out her hand. The cockroach was as big as a kitten. Everyone in the waiting room looked at each other and made a face. Who would own such a yucky pet? Then the cockroach jiggled to life … and jumped.
As it scuttled across the floor, people scattered. A boy with a tortoise leapt onto his chair. Two men fled out of the open door, hugging their cat carriers. A grey-haired granny grabbed her poodle and shouted, ‘Get him, Rex!’ The poodle hid behind her and trembled.
Molly giggled. ‘What a silly bunch,’ she whispered to her guinea pig, Gordon, before placing his cage on the seat beside her. Molly walked over to the shelves that held pet food, and reached underneath. When she pulled out her hand, it cradled the cockroach.
‘Here is your friend,’ Molly said to the woman. ‘I think he is sleepy, not sick.’
‘Thank you,’ said the woman, as she gently took the cockroach and kissed its coffee-coloured head.