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The Short Form

“Whatever Happened to DB Cooper”

Thomas Batten


Second Runner Up, The Short Form Story Contest, Spring 2013.

Full Story

He ended up in Berkeley, where he used the money he’d stolen to fund a production of Hamlet with an all-dog cast. They wandered the stage and literally chewed the scenery. Voice actors stood behind the curtain and read the dialogue into microphones, and the dogs were fitted with electrodes, so they’d jump a little when it was their line. That was to make it easier on the audience. When the run ended, DB released the dogs in a supermarket parking lot at night. He’d used all the money he’d stolen, he didn’t know what to do next. Neither did the dogs.