Doug the bug needed a hug. He lost his friend June in a horrific accident. June crawled under a rug and was squished by the foot of a man drinking hot coffee from a mug. Doug was traumatized by the negligent homicide. He needed a hug from another bug. He buzzed from room to room, nearly swatted by a woman wielding a broom.
In the kitchen, he landed on a dish. He took a deep breath before he heard, “Hi, my name is Trish.” Startled, Doug buzzed in a circle around Trish before landing back on the dish. Staring into Trish’s big round eyes, Doug replied, “Hi, I’m Doug.”
“You are sad. What’s wrong?” asked Trish.
“My friend June was killed by a human and I could use a hug,” whimpered Doug.
Trish spread her wings and hugged Doug. “I’m sorry for your loss.”
“Thank you,” sighed Doug.
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