Winter 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 1 2010 Kenyon Review Short Fiction PrizeJanuary 1, 2011 |

Death Threat

2010 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest Winner   She knew it was serious when she saw her father strap the gun belt over his pinstriped shirt in the morning as he was getting ready for work. Guns were nothing unusual in their house—Robins mother often joked that the children had learned the four seasons the wrong way: fish, bird, deer, and fly-tying. When Robin would leave for college, she would shock her big-city roommates with stories about rifles stored in their coffin-like cases under her childhood canopy bed, about evacuating the house before a flash flood with her arms full of her mother's Hummels and her father's shotguns. But the handguns were different. There was a .44 in her father's top bureau drawer; she didn't know if it was kept loaded or not. Robin was usually more interested in the roll of crisp twenties that he kept there, snuggled inside a pair of argyle socks. There was the semiautomatic, which he attached to his belt when they were going out f

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Megan Anderegg Malone was the 2010 winner of the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, and her work has appeared in Ploughshares, fields magazine, and on National Public Radio. She lives in Sonoma County, CA with her husband and two daughters, and she is currently at work on a novel.

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