Once upon a time, through a knot hole in human character there was a curious world of critters who had somehow become much more human than...well, humans. Yes, they still looked like dogs, ducks, chickens, bees, frogs, fish, birds and even rats but one night everything changed...on the inside.
As humans moved faster and faster, moving to and fro, focusing on their pads, screens, phones and other entertainment modules, their "human-ness" just slipped right out of them. Like a wet sheet in the spin cycle of a washer...kindness and orneriness, alike, spun right off the humans because they were just moving too fast.
Well, all that emotion had to go somewhere. So, as it goes, good and bad rolls downhill and one night, for those humans who had creatures in their midst, all the stuff that makes humans, human, covered the critters like cake batter shooting off a blender set on high, it spattered all over those unsuspecting, simple creatures.
This story is about one such home, one such night. A home that had three dogs, five chickens, two ducks, twenty fish, a thousand bees, a dozen frogs, a hand full of dragon flies and just one lonely rat.
All was as should be one hot summer night, or rather all was as it had become...the humans at 711 Parker were rushing and bustling. This particular home had only two humans but more than enough human-ness to cover the critters. Each of the two humans, from old to young, had no less than three devices before them. One device would chime an alert, the other would squawk a report, another would scroll messages with explanation points, all vying for the attention and emotion of the human. Faster and faster the humans spun. Spinning in worry and hurry, not noticing each other or that their compassion was sliding right out of their toes.
Keep in mind, losing your human-ness does not happen all at once. It's more like a slow seep that gets faster and faster. Then, like I said, this one hot night the critters went to sleep thinking of nothing more than the moment they were in...nothing more, nothing less, when they awoke, they had a full library of human emotion, thoughts, curiosity and wonder which flowed unfiltered from all those humans who lived upstream.
Now its an odd thing to wake up with emotions when you've never had them before, especially if you just happen to be a critter no one particularly likes.