There's so much going on in this brief piece of fiction. With 911 right there in the middle of it, it appears more and more to me that I am again telling a story about an irreparable rip in a character's life. But then there's also the pervy Scoutmaster, whom you're free to speculate about all you want.
Thank you for the reads! If you right click on the blood-red lake image, and then click on "Read Aloud" you can hear a Stephen Hawkingesque voice read the story!
I must be off,
Christopher Allenis the author of Other Household Toxins(Matter Press) and Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire). Allen's fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in[PANK], Eclectica Magazine's 20th-Anniversary Speculative anthology,Indiana Review, Split Lip Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Yearsanthology,Longleaf ReviewandLunch Ticket, among many others great places. Read his book reviews inNecessary Fiction, Word Riot, and The Lit Pub.His creative non-fiction has been featured inBootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Souland others. A finalist atGlimmer Trainin 2011, Allen is a multiple nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net,The Best Small Fictions,storySouth's Million Writers Award and others. In 2017 Allen was both a finalist (as translator) and semifinalist forThe Best Small Fictions. He is presently the co-editor ofSmokeLong Quarterlyand a consulting editor forThe Best Small Fictions 2018.