The Last Rat Standing - A Short Story

in writing •  2 months ago

That night, when Pap crawled out of the abandoned jungle boot in the store, he was unimaginably hungry. For three days, he had luckily hid himself to safety, escaping the disastrous onslaught which Bob had unleashed upon his brothers. Pap was the last rat standing. He had lost about twelve of his brothers in the last three days.

For fear of his life, Pap would not have minded remaining in the boot for a longer number of days but Hunger overpowered him. By now, his tubby body had melted slightly and his long, dark whiskers had fallen. As he crept out of his haven, he hoped that he would not meet his death.

Pap did not quite recognize the once familiar kitchen when he arrived there. Bob had kept everything neat and clean and empty. There were no dirty plates. No crumbs. No juicy tiny things littering the floor. Nothing for the boys.

Pap considered returning to his haven but his grumbling stomach was not to be ignored. So, he decided to check out the little library a few yards away from the kitchen.

Once there, Pap squeezed himself into a black folder lying carelessly on the floor. The folder contained several papers and documents. Knowing there was no time to waste, Pap set to work. In a few minutes, he had eaten up half of a delicious, A4 sized paper. He would return on the next night to eat up the remaining part. So, he belched and retired to his station.

At dawn, when Bob entered the library to pick up his folder for the job interview he had that morning, he realized the catastrophe - the delicious paper Pap had consumed was, in fact, his degree certificate. The last rat standing, it would seem, turned out to be the deadliest.

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How could one through his certificate in a open folder. great job pop. Nice story. write us more stories.


Thanks for your warm comment. I think Bob was just being careless. He must have thought that all the rats in his home had been killed. could someone just throw away their certificates...haha he deserved it...


Hehehe Alice. I think I agree with you.

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Hahaha, that was very funny and of course disastrous for Bob
Damn, too sorry for him. He should have at least left some food for Pap, that way, his degree certificate wouldn't have been eaten up.
Oh, poor Bob, how does he get to attend his interview now?


Thanks for your beautiful comment. It is refreshing to know that you enjoyed the story. Bob may have to swear an affidavit before his would-be employers.

The story above is a satire. It advances the view that the oppressed will always fight back when they are pushed to the wall, the thorny walla of subjugation and alienation. The rat, as you perfectly observed, had to eat what was available when there was nothing left again. There is a saying to the effect that one day the poor will eat the rich when there is nothing left to eat.


Hmmm. Very deep and resound one....

One day the poor will eat the rich when there's nothing left to eat.

Hmmm, true though. Just like Pap.
It was an amazing story and one I could easily relate to.


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