Veronica Chater explains the conflict in her house between her love for her pet macaw—a kind of parrot—and her love for her husband and three kids. The macaw wreaks a sort of low-level chaos in the house, because it wants Veronica all to itself. (10 minutes)
Veronica is the author of the memoir Waiting for the Apocalypse.
Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and in our homes—this one involving an armadillo. (23 minutes)
This work of fiction originally appeared in the Autumn 1999 issue of Story magazine.