The Caged Mind (A flash fiction story)

11 Jul

The Caged Mind
By Ray Daley

“You shouldn’t keep him locked up like that. Like some bloody animal!” Ian said.

“What do you suggest, open up the cage, give him free run of the whole zoo? Then wait until he pulls someone’s arms off? Like some bloody animal? Because that’s what he’ll do. He’s a bloody gorilla, for fucks sake!” Maxwell hated to argue when Ian was like this but it was getting to be too often now.

“Send him back to the wild then!” Ian said.

“He wouldn’t last five minutes in the wild. They’d eat him for breakfast, maybe saving a little for lunch. He was born in this zoo. He grew up in this zoo. He sees the keepers so much he probably thinks he’s human too! He watches that bloody television often enough.”

But that was before Ian finally went too far, putting his plan into action.


The soldiers guns rang out a second time. Ian’s hand fell, pushing the cage door fully open.

Taya sat at the back of the cage, unsure what all the noise was about.

The soldiers raised their guns again.

“No! Let him do whatever he wants! At least Ian won’t have died for nothing then. We’ll see what the bloody gorilla really wants.” Maxwell shouted.

Taya knuckled over to the open gate and looked through. He saw Ian’s body, lying next to it. He pushed it a little, confused at why his friend was so still. Taya looked at the gate once more. He had seen the keepers come in and out of it many times before.

He knew exactly what to do next.

Taya reached up and pulled the gate closed, using his massive index finger to slide the bolt shut. Then he turned and rushed back to the safety of the hide.

“See! I told him. Taya has everything he wants here.”

As soon as Taya entered the hide, the security gate locked shut. Inside the hide Taya was already being given a banana.

From the safety of the enclosure Maxwell shouted “Someone clean up that fucking mess outside. It’s scaring my gorilla!”

In the hide Taya sat, happily enjoying his banana and his favourite TV show.



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