"So you're an eggplant?" he said.
"Uh--" he stammered. He wanted to tell her that he wasn't just a root. He'd listened to the songs of earthworms and heard seeds sprouting. He knew the stories moles tell each other during long nights underground.
But at that moment, Billy and Katherine were joined in the bag by two yellow peppers, a zucchini, and some green beans.
Billy sat silently at the bottom of the bag listening to everyone chatter about life in the sun. Eventually, he drifted to sleep.
He woke when they were thrown into a colander. Then they were run under a tap and dumped, dripping, onto a cutting board. A knife flashed several times and the vegetables were chopped into cubes.
Billy Ray's wish had finally been granted. He was just like the others. And he realized, suddenly, that it wasn't what he wanted at all.