Jan/Feb 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 1 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize |

Most Likely To

2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest Winner Proctoring high school exams with Jason was fun and games except it wasn’t really that fun and it wasn’t a game. We were professional, or as professional as ten dollars an hour could make us. We walked miles in between rows of desks and invented diversions to pass the time while the teenagers took their AP exams. Our favorite game was most likely to. Who is most likely to get pregnant before graduation? Who is most likely to end up in rehab? Who is most likely to live in his parents’ basement forever? We projected our own failures, both real and imagined, on those kids. At the end of each exam, after Jason and I counted the papers and dismissed the students, we locked ourselves in a faculty bathroom. Technically we weren’t faculty, just temporary help, but there was no bathroom for people like us. Jason would hoist me up on the sink and I’d tug my skirt up around my waist, the corner of the cool porcelain pressing into

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Shasta Grant’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Epiphany, Cream City Review, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a prose editor for Storyscape Journal. She is currently working on a memoir and a collection of linked stories.

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