Ashleigh Pedersen

Ashleigh Pedersen has published fiction in New Stories from the South: This Year’s Best 2010 and Iowa Review. Her story “Small and Heavy World” was recognized as one of the “100 Most Distinguished Stories” in Best American Short Stories 2010. She is currently completing a collection of short stories, singing a lot of karaoke, and teaching high school English in Austin, Texas.

Sleeping Giant

By Ashleigh Pedersen

Tonight you find out there is a Peeping Tom prowling your neighborhood. Your neighbor Mrs. Chong, a tiny black-eyed woman who reminds you of a beetle, calls your parents with the news. When your mother hangs up with a roll of her eyes you beg her to explain what’s going on—what secret she knows.