Yesterday my very favorite short story, “The Chinchilla Affair,” was published in Quantum Fairy Tales issue number eighteen. I was so excited because the real events which inspired the story make up one of my favorite memories and one of my favorite stories to tell.
When I was about nineteen, my friend and I did indeed find a chinchilla in the middle of a dark road through the woods, and my friend did dash off into the forest to find it. Reality and fiction diverge, however, when The Chinchilla Affair’s MC, Tess, follows her friend. I, on the other hand, seriously considered driving away. (But only for, like, a couple of seconds.) We didn’t find fairies, either.
Luckily, my friend returned with the both the chinchilla and an incredibly redundant observation: “We have a chinchilla.” To which I replied, “What the hell are we going to do with a chinchilla?”
We ended up taking it home and keeping it in a cooler (the only container we had available that seemed both big enough and cat proof). My mom and I took it to the pound the next day. Hopefully someone adopted it and provided it with all the love and affection a fuzzy rodent could want. Personally, I have my doubts, but then I’ve never understood the appeal, being a little unusually perturbed by rodent feet.
In other news, a vignette from Under the Willow Root will also be published at fewerthan500.com on March 14, 2017 (yay!).