Artifacts Worth Saving

Artifacts Worth Saving

    THIS STORY WAS A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 NEIL SHEPARD PRIZE     The night before Elsa left, she and her husband, Landon, discussed the difference between azure and powder blue. Decisions had to be finalized before she left to do archaeological field work in Italy:...
A Girl Walks into a Bar

A Girl Walks into a Bar

    THIS STORY WAS A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 NEIL SHEPARD PRIZE     A girl walks into a diner but she wishes it was a bar. A girl walks into a diner for breakfast. A blinking red light in the window says “Eat Good Food.” She wishes it was a Budweiser sign,...
Diving

Diving

I keep coming back to the night we found out about the twins. Michael and I had been married for ten years at the time. Clare would have just been turning five. Michael had been called in before, but never for anything like this. Our community hadn’t faced this kind...
White Texans

White Texans

Louis Offer, formerly Ortega, crossed the border near the rattlesnake hills outside of Rio Grande City. Within a year he’d set himself up as a customizer in a body shop on Spaulding Avenue, his specialty the crafting of hearses from platforms that normally did not...
Heirlooms

Heirlooms

  My mother has a box. One day she will pass it down to me because mothers are supposed to give things to their daughters. But I don’t want it.   Inside my mother has eggshells, small bones, carved sticks.   My mother has told me the story so many times I should know...
Realpolitik

Realpolitik

I thought talking politics with the manager at the Salt Cavern would be safe—I mean, salt therapy much? But, turns out, Gary had been held up when he worked as a liquor store cashier and had been backing gun rights legislation by way of NRA donations and bumper...
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