Floods and Fires

Families will not be broken. Curse and expel them, send their children wandering, drown them in floods and fires, and old women will make songs of all these sorrows and sit on the porch and sing them on mild evenings. —Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Hap Enders watched as Sheriff Huntley, who used to be a fat, freckled bully with coarse red hair and pale blue eyes, searched his garage for a wanted man. Huntley’s hair, what little he had left of it, looked almost brown now, but his eyes were still a spiteful shade of blue. His reputation as a bully had followed him into adulthood, but in towns the size of Pinkerton, badges go a long way in the forgiveness of sins.

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Dan Leach was born in Greenville, South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 2008, and taught in Charleston until 2014 when he relocated to Nebraska. He writes short fiction that explores connections between the South, masculinity, faith, and failure. His work has appeared in New Madrid, Deep South Magazine, Two Bridges Review, Storm Cellar, Drafthorse, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on his first novel.

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