Caleb brought a dog to the wedding and left him tied to a tree
though out the ceremony. The wedding lasted most of an hour toward
the end of which the dog, a shorthaired mix, barked in a rhythmic
way so that the vows were punctuated by his hiccupping yelps.
Someone untied him, leaving the stained leather leash draped over an
isolated chair that had been festooned, like the others, with a
Later, the dog wandered the reception, held on the lawn behind the
beach house, looking for food, or Caleb, who left early with
someone’s sister. Night turned up and dimmed the whiteness of the
bride‘s dress. The band thumped out unmemorable music, and finally,
the dog curled up under a pink skirted table where several elderly
attendees sat, wanly watching the young people, drink, argue and
flirt. The brown dog appeared to be sleeping, but any movement at
the table, and there was little, caused him to open one eye and look
around without seeming to find what he wanted. In the end, he went
home with a waitress.
Cecilia Pinto's work has appeared in Esquire,
Fence, Diagram and elsewhere.