Luck of the Irish by KG MacGregor
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If Jackie has one flaw, it is her big heart for animals, so the two of them have a rather large “family”: four dogs and three cats that Jackie could not bring herself to put down, and then there is an Irish setter in the shelter whose time is about to run out.
Their combined income is not even enough to buy a badly needed battery for Abigail’s car, so having to feed yet another mouth is not going to be greeted with enthusiasm by Abigail; in fact, she made Jackie promise not to bring more animals home.
Still, this particular dog reminds Jackie of one she had when she was a kid, and so she returns home with it, only to find Abigail in tears: the cats and the dogs have totally torn up her school workbook, and besides the massive amount of work that will have to be redone, a new workbook just is not budgeted. When she hears the setter’s distinctive bark, that tears it — she moves to her sister’s place, needing to come to rest and regain some sort of perspective.
It is rather rare that characters touch me so much that I find myself wishing for a good fairy to get them a break for the better they so much deserve. These two could as well have been created by O. Henry, but then this is a work by KG MacGregor — enough said. Skip this story at your own loss!