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In Haskins

Jennifer snuck down from the stage as twilight struck and the big sky above the small town glowed with gold and crimson ribbons. The people were drinking their ciders, wiping the grease from the lips of their masks as they devoured turkey legs through the slits that made up their mouths.
She found Rance sitting on a hay bale, his legs resting on a large pumpkin with a blue ribbon. She said his name and he reacted in mock exaggeration, pretending to fall from his spot. Rance had always been a jokester—for the last three dozen years, at least. Before, he was cruel—a bully—but time had softened his demeanor. He was now something of a class clown. Even in Haskins, times change.

Current IssueIssue 127Short Fiction

This Shattered Vessel, Which Holds Only Grief

“I was part of the Free Zone downtown,” she tells him at last. “Kam swore we could hold the cops off if we stuck together, but they tore through our wards, bashed in the walls—and I fled. When my family needed me most, I ran.” She has never told anyone this. The words twist in her. Bile rises in her throat.
“I just want to have stayed,” she says. To have faced it with the others, the community who had been so certain that they would change the world.

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Issue 127

New fiction from Marie Croke, Izzy Wasserstein, Carson Winter, Erin K. Wagner, Stephanie Kraner, and Zahra Mukhi, Classic fiction from Nicole Givens Kurtz and Michael Boatman, and nonfiction by Carlos Hernandez and Gerald L. Coleman. Cover art by Magdalena Pągowska.