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

Refuge

I. Claire unwinds her scarf and gets to work setting up the metal detector. Her usual job is to search the backpacks while Jackson, the other school police officer, handles the wand. Most days she doesn't find anything more than a pack of cigarettes, and Jackson, an old man with skin like cracked leather, just messes with the girls as they pass through, moving the wand close around their curves. But this isn't a normal day. Last week there was a brawl out by the bus stop and some kid got stabbed seven times, and then yesterday Claire caught a boy with a hunting knife stashed in his boot. Today, anything can happen. Jackson tosses her the keys, and she feels him watching as she makes her way down to unlock the front door. His gaze makes her uniform feel too tight. He is one of those small men who always find a way to mention they prefer large women. "I still got plenty energy." He laughs. "Time for you and me to do some desegregation of our own, baby." Desegregation is

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Adam Stumacher’s fiction has appeared in Granta, Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Massachusetts Review, and Sun, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. After living in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, he currently resides in Boston, where he teaches at Grub Street and in a public high school, and is working on a novel.

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