Summer 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 2013 |

Deck

They met at work. Betsy was the new girl and Georgia the veteran of a year slinging drinks until the bar closed at two in the morning. For Betsy the bar was a big step up. Three months ago, she'd moved to Lexington and found a job at a breakfast diner but Betsy wanted more money, and the big tips came from serving liquor instead of eggs. Georgia had a stud in her nose, was into local bands, retro T-shirts, and tattoos. She was the only girl Betsy knew who didn't pluck her eyebrows. They lay along her face like the fir trim on a fancy coat. Georgia showed her the ropes and within a month Betsy's schedule included the weekends. After work they had a few drinks while waiting for Georgia's boyfriend, Jack, who tended bar at the same place. Betsy liked Jack. He wore a white belt and gave Betsy attention without making her feel uneasy. Georgia and Jack shared a singular goal—for everything to always be totally deck. One night Betsy decided to leave early. Her white work shirts w

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