It's hard to find short stories for students to read and analyze that are plagiarism-proof. The internet is full of answers and student responses so that students don't have to do the thinking required to analyze a piece of literature. This assignment includes a very short, but very dense and beautifully written, story by modern Canadian author Vincent Lam. Students are asked to read the story and analyze it, following the prompts provided for responding critically to a short story. From there, students write their critique. A teacher resource with suggested ideas is provided as well.