Fred flashed Mama Louise a lopsided grin. “I had a mama once.”
“Really?” Mama Louise asked while smoothing down the front of her flannel nightgown.
Fred nodded. “She went to sleep and never woke up.”
Mama Louise blinked her round eyes once and her expression softened. “You poor dear.” She reached up and patted Fred’s cheek.
Fred closed his eyes and made a grunting sound, reminding Ruckus of his old hound-dog, Bo, whenever he would lean down and scratch the mutt behind the ears.
When Mama Louise finished patting Fred, his eyes shot open. “Do you have donuts?”
(from Driving Me Nuts, by P.J. Jones)
7*/10. The full review is here.