Winter 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 2012 |

Another Story She Won’t Believe

We are the bad mothers, the moose and I―me for drinking, the moose for abandoning her yearling to attend her newborn. I'm reading about moose in a coffee-table book someone gave me last Christmas. I ogle the pictures of moose racks, felt peeling off them in strips like downy rags. Beware the behavior of yearling moose freshly abandoned by their mothers, the book warns. The storm of the decade rages outside. Four inches of snow top the previous night's frozen rain. It's too much for skinny pines and sandy soil. The trees bend and snap and fall down across the roads, ice needles shattering like glass. I suppose the barometric pressure will put women in labor across the South, jump-start a run on milk, bottled water, chicken pot pies. My television flickers. I have it on because I'm lonely and like noise. I've forgotten what I'm watching. A tampon commercial comes on. Girls in high heels. Girls on Vespas. Menstruation is fun, the commercial seems to say. I haven't menstru

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Megan Mayhew Bergman's first collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was published by Scribner, and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick and Huffington Post Best Book of 2012. Scribner will also publish her next collection, Almost Famous Women, and a novel in 2015.

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