Spartanburg

Spartanburg

  Clara Jayne liked secrets. For example: 1. She liked sliding onto the wet spot after sex with Richard, her husband. 2. She didn’t want to have a child with Richard, or anybody. 3. She didn’t mind he’d gained twenty pounds since the marriage, though he didn’t believe...
Porcelain

Porcelain

    I once heard in NPR about a guy in Brooklyn who had a rat appear in his toilet. Apparently it climbed up the pipes and when the man walked in, there it was, looking up at him. No. In this story, the guy first lifted the lid of the toilet. I don’t know if I thought...
No Signs

No Signs

    When Judy was taking another sip from the bottle, the car swerved to the right. Marcus grabbed the wheel, steered all the way to the left. Several minutes later, Judy pulled over and left the car. After staring at the valley beneath them, she crawled into the back...
All Our Sins and Griefs to Bare

All Our Sins and Griefs to Bare

  The minister is at the Days of Jesus before the girl arrives. He is in his office, waiting. His sermon is written and placed on the pulpit and he waits for the girl to arrive as he has all summer. She comes in the side door and takes the stairs to the basement...
Attractive Nuisance

Attractive Nuisance

    A week after the fourth of July, my dog Speedy nipped an eight-year old kid who wandered onto my property from the subdivision across the way. Speedy was a Shepherd-Husky mix and normally pretty docile, so I thought the kid must have been teasing him, asking for...
Date

Date

  Fuji Bay in Sioux City, slow Monday night, and The Bachelorette’s on TV. She’s stopped on her way back from the airport, in an attempt to self-soothe with sushi. Earlier in the day, she said goodbye to The Beloved in a different airport, then dozed on and off...