Stories

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

On the third day of the April rains, he left to check the fish mill. “That bitch,” as he called the river, was swollen and feisty with the flood. Left alone she’d burst the dams. He was not prone to sentimentality, but Kate could tell by the way he paused at the door...
Things Always Happen Suddenly

Things Always Happen Suddenly

Eliot’s father dropped dead of a heart attack while chopping down a huge Douglas fir two days after Thanksgiving. But that wasn’t the problem. Not really. It was more than that. It had to do with his older sister blaming him for it. And his mother. She...
Yona

Yona

She’d been told the story before. In 1908, a bear had appeared in the town. No one knew where it had come from. There were no mountains nearby. The nearest vestige of the Appalachians lay some ninety-five miles to the east. Past the town of Little Manheim, past...
An Incident in Pottowa County

An Incident in Pottowa County

CHURCH BURNED TO GROUND The burnt ruins of the First Church of God’s Wanderers shocked churchgoers Sunday morning. Eyewitness and burn victim Calvin “Oat” Jenkins said the following: “I was just getting there ahead of time for Sunday School, and the...
Automotive Alimony

Automotive Alimony

It was a long, low, and sleek sporty car with 12 cylinders and the shiniest chrome on any antique vehicle on the planet. White with black leather interior and all original equipment, wire wheels, and mahogany dash, she was truly a stud machine in every sense of the...
Harlan and Gert

Harlan and Gert

“How can they do this to us?” Gert fumed as she climbed into the truck. “After all we’ve done for them? A home, Harlan? Really? That’s all they think of us? They want to put us in a home?” Harlan reached over and patted her hand....