Dark Stars

You see a lot of it in law enforcement,” said Earl McClure, pouring himself another shot of Bulleit. “A family that one bad thing happens to, seemingly random, and then another and another, until it becomes a whole cluster of tragedies. And you don’t know why. Why them.”

Jimbo Hunter nodded. “Like dominoes falling.”

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Elaine Fowler Palencia, now of Champaign, Illinois, grew up in Morehead, Kentucky. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and two collections of Appalachian short stories, Small Caucasian Woman and Brier Country. “Luck of the Draw” is included in her third collection, Riding the Devil’s Bicycle, which is seeking a publisher. She is now at work on My Dear Companion: The Civil War Letters of John M. Douthit.

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