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Peter Spencer’s brief, funny and acutely observed story is a runner-up in Litro’s #ThisIsNotLove flash fiction competition.
This morning, she posted a picture of a funny cat on my Facebook wall.
She knew I’d appreciate it because a few days ago I’d posted one on her wall, though that one was thematically different – that cat was asleep on a lamp whilst this one had butter all around its mouth. I formally ‘liked’ the picture precisely twenty minutes after she’d posted it. I felt as though that was a decent amount of time to wait: I didn’t want her to think of me at my computer all day; nor did I want to come across as slack or inattentive.
Six other friends ‘liked’ the picture before I did. They don’t even know her, but I suppose a picture of a cat is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Five minutes later I wrote ‘love this’ in the comments section underneath.