You look down a lonely alley, and see a mutt rummaging through trash on the ground. It's slunk low with its tail between its legs. You feel sorry for it and approach softly saying encouraging words to soothe a hungry and frightened animal Then it looks up from the refuse it's sniffing through, and you realize it's not a dog's face staring at you, but a human one with deep-set, sad eyes. It's says, "Leave me alone."
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer