Short Story

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Author: Mahad Mahi
Length: 30 minutes
Language: English
Written: Dec 2018
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Short Stories  |  Work: Erzählung
Keywords: fiction, short story

A man who lived among donkeys and one child who thought he was a donkey

I first learned that Ditha was a human when my father one day tested my learning about numbers and counting.
"Son, how many animals are in our courtyard?" he asked me one afternoon in early fall before the winter rain began.
Ten," I replied with a triumphant smile.
“No. Try again,” he encouraged.
Eager to prove my prowess, I counted on my fingers to ensure none were missed."Three goats, two cows, one buffalo, one horse, one donkey, one dog, and one Ditha.”
“Oh, no, son. Ditha is not an animal. He is human, just like us.”
I balked. “How could that be? He lives above the barn—he is as filthy as a goat and he barely speaks.”
“Perhaps,” my father replied softly, “that is because people don’t bother to speak with him. What if we treated Ditha not as livestock, but as a person the same as you and me? Does he not feel pain and love, just as other people do?”
Ditha moved as the animals did — slow and lumbering around the yard, and only with purpose to get to food. He smelled as they did, and his hair was unkempt like theirs. He did not look anything like we do, yet my father told me he was a human.
I couldn’t sleep that night. My brain raced with questions. If he is a man, why does he live like animals? Why does he sleep in barnyard? In my dreams I saw Ditha run like a horse and eat grass like a goat. I couldn’t help but feel pity for him.

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