Ever since he was roughly 11 years old, Aksel woke each morning in the same state.
Today, at 27, he did not.
It did not make him feel old, exactly.
Aging. Yes. That was it. And it came with a profound sense that this was the first of many unexpected, unwelcomed, truths.
Oddly, he found himself radiating a sound that could only be described as a bleat.
J. Edward Kruft received his MFA in fiction writing from Brooklyn College. He is a Best Short Fictions nominee, and his stories have appeared in several journals, including Jellyfish Review and MoonPark Review. He lives with his husband, Mike, and their adopted Siberian Husky, Sasha in Astoria, NY and Livingston Manor, NY. His recent fiction can be found on his Web site:and he can be followed on twitter: @jedwardkruft.