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Fiction, Sweet Rotten

My story, "Sweet Rotten," is in the augural issue of Cobalt Review:

When Clea writes, it’s always about her 2-year-old daughter. It’s not that Hennie minds too much, it’s just that she loves Clea more. She has loved Clea since they were high school freshmen, when they cut gym class to smoke cigarettes behind the cafeteria, since Hennie joined the Army two years ago and went from Fort Knox to Fallujah. She loves all things about Clea to the point that she knows them, and it is her preference to hear about those first, if not exclusively.


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