Baking Red Delicious
Kate Hill Cantrill
Stefan woke. He had to bake something. It was that sort of day, the way
the sun poked through the storm of clouds, jester-like, waving beams by
his hot face—boasting power,
the gift that is light.
Stefan saw apples, the type that sell cheap in rickety crates. He is an
old man and in that truth he understands the sun and his immodest glow.
peel apples! Stefan said, as
he dove his fist through the column of dust set afire by the light
shone into his kitchen. He sat at the table and peeled the waxed red
away from the meat—the true heart of the fruit.
Kate Hill Cantrill's work has appeared in Sleepingfish, DIAGRAM, Story Quarterly, The Believer and many
others. Her first novel will be published next year.
Detail of photo on main page courtesy
of Leo Reynolds.
Detail of photo on main page courtesy of Leo Reynolds.