Oh deer!

I woke up around 1:40 AM and heard rustling of leaves and snapping of branches in the backyard last night, so I got up and looked out the window, and there, 20 feet away, was a rather large deer in my backyard. It didn’t see me and I remained still and watched it eating grass for a few minutes. It was very cool. It then walked along the side of the house toward the front yard so I went to the front of the house to see where it went. Turns out, it joined an entire gang of deer assembled in my next door neighbor’s front yard. I counted 5 of them. Once they were all together, they moved on down the street and disappeared from view.

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen deer in my backyard, let alone in my neighborhood.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.