Drawing of two people on a couch looking at a giant screen (from behind). Caption reads: "The screen is really big."

Movie short story by Iris Carden

“Come in. Take a look.”

“Wow, that screen really is big!”

“It really is. So let’s try it out and watch a movie.”

“What are we watching?”

“I thought John Wick, unless you’d rather something else.”

“John Wick: I don’t know that movie. What’s it about.”

“It’s about this guy called John Wick…”

“I kind of guessed that bit.”

“And they kill his dog.”

“Who kills his dog?”

“The bad guys.”

“Bad guys, well that makes sense. It’s not the kind of thing good guys would do.”

“So then he kills everyone.”

“That’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?”

“Yeah, but nah. Think about it. What would you do if someone dogicided your little Miss Fluffymuffin?”

“No-one’s going to dogicide Miss Fluffymuffin.”

“Nah, but yeah, what if someone did.”

“I’d call the police.”

“But you’d want to kill them wouldn’t you?”

“Yeah, I’d want to, but I wouldn’t do it, not unless I was really sure I could get away with it.”

“Nah, but this guy would. He kills everyone for this movie, and two more movies, he’s so mad.”

“So it’s just three movies of this guy killing people?”

“But it ends happy.”

“Ends happy?”

“Yeah, in the end, he gets another dog.”

“Wow, but I don’t think I want to stay for three movies. Miss Fluffymuffin’s only a puppy. She needs to go out every couple of hours. She can’t hold on very long.”

“It’s Keanu Reeves.”

“It’s Keanu Reeves?”

“And he wears a really nice suit. Cool car too, if I remember right.”

“Why didn’t you lead with that? Put the movie on. I’ll order pizza.”

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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