Ashutosh Srivastava: Confused Platypus

One of the winning entries in the Platypus Day flash fiction contest.

The platypus was confused.

The whole of his life, he has been told by his mom and dad to look out for a healthy female and give them a grand-kid. That’s what good platypuses do. Go champ, get them – his dad said. But he never felt anything inside him wanting to do that. He wanted to be mad and stupid in love like his friends. And have babies to make his dad proud.

And today, he felt something. The spark, the rush, the dizzy feeling of being in love. But it was not for a female.

The platypus was confused.

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