Berlin Pastoral

This is the story of Uschi, Susi and Tom who live peacefully on a balcony in Berlin. When a baby comes along, their idyllic relationship in a very small space is threatened but using cunning and creativity, they make do. First published by Fatboy Review now re-issued for this mobile format. I'm working on a German translation to be published here, too. This story will only be online for a while as a teaser for the publication of my collection of short stories by MadHat Press |


7. The Homeless


There are many homeless people on the square. Tom has a soft spot for them and likes to throw food down. Sometimes they throw it back. Sometimes, they throw other things back, not nice things. Then Uschi shouts at Tom that she doesn't want to have this shit in the same space with the baby.

There isn't much extra food anymore anyway now, because the baby seemed to eat like a grown man. Before the baby learns to talk, it learns from Susi how to take a machine gun apart and put it together again in under a minute. "This baby's a genius," she says.

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