“You need urgent medical attention.”

“No hospitals, they have to report gunshot wounds. to the cops.”

“I know a guy, he’s a veterinarian.”

“Okay, that could work.”

“He’ll put you to sleep.”

“Wait, what–?”

[microfiction written to fit in a single Mastodon post]

Author’s note: This idea feels so obvious I can’t believe I’m the first to have thought of it. I suspect I may have  read it somewhere else and forgotten the source.