Though they weren’t married anymore, Chelle and Bill still got together for sex from time to time. But only when they had both been drinking at the Elks, usually on nights when the special was tequila. Cheap tequila with a little lime and salt was Chelle’s favorite. After the first few shots, when Chelle said, “That’s it for me—I don’t want to crawl home,” Bill would send a shot over to her table, then another. He would bring the third one himself.

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Laura Leigh Morris lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she is an Assistant Professor at Furman University. She has previously published short fiction in The Louisville Review, Weave Magazine, Conclave: A Journal of Character, and other journals. “Muddin’” is part of her collection, Jaws of Life and Other Stories, a book currently in search of a publisher.

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