Matthew Salesses

The boy had grandparents on his mom's side, sure, but I wasn't about to see them. They hadn't claimed him after her funeral, and I didn't want to get involved with that level of devotion. They must have had lives they did cling to; the boy, I guessed, wasn't dead enough. They had their daughter's gravestone. The boy never asked to see the cemetery. I never offered to run into anyone. Maybe he forgot I had parents, or maybe he didn't.

Matthew Salesses is the author of OUR ISLAND OF EPIDEMICS (PANK) and THE LAST REPATRIATE (Nouvella Books). These two stories are from I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING, which is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms.

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Detail of art on main page courtesy of Levin Garson.

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