“Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely,” by David D. Levine
First appeared in Realms of Fantasy, June 2004; anthologized in Year’s Best Fantasy 5 (edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, July 2005) and The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy (edited by Mike Ashley, Running Press, 2008); collected in Space Magic (Wheatland Press, 2008); read for Drabblecast 113, May 6th, 2009, and featured in a Director’s Cut episode, July 1st, 2018 (see the Internet Speculative Fiction Database page)
A few thousand words?
Cute. And very typical of the Drabblecast; the sound effects are a nice touch.
I didn’t know it had also appeared in Realms of Fantasy. I wonder how typical it is of that publication (which is now defunct)? I imagine it stands out as a bit oddball. It feels like a slight stretch even classing it as fantasy.
Edited to add: Just listened to the Drabblecast episode reprising it, and I forgot how good the last line is.