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I blame the Salvation Army, but I guess it’s really Mom’s fault. She’s the one who donated my lion costume to them in the first place. She must have thought it was from some Halloween back when we were kids. I had been hiding it in a box in the garage to keep the whole thing under wraps, but Mom threw it in the garbage bag with the rest of the donations: scratched Teflon pans, an old domino set, Mavis’s miniature glass pony collection, a pair of Winchester roller skates, a bunch of musty books (like they’re going to get read) and clothing. Lots of clothing, including my fucking lion costume, a.k.a. my work uniform.

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"Plush" was originally published at Booth.