May/June 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 3 Fiction |

Black-Woman

I Black-Woman was born in the back of her father’s baby-blue ’49 Ford pickup. Her mother lay in the rusted flatbed, her feet pressed into the sides, toes curled in her slippers, and dressing gown pulled over her face. She screamed through the knot of gown in her mouth as her husband stared between her legs. His brow furrowed. He held the flame of a lighter between her thighs. He could see a small blue foot. Few cars passed, the blur of their high beams a brief spotlight on their dramatic scene. No one slowed. The grass was high around the truck and the ground boggy from recent rain. Her husband slipped, wiping the mud from his hands onto his jeans as he crawled onto the flatbed. He pulled out the lighter once more, careful to avoid the foot hanging out of his wife. “What you see?” she asked. “A foot.” “That ain’t right.” She pulled the gown from her face. Her eyes wide and wild. Her brown skin slick with sweat and dew. “I can’t push it back in.” He fli

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Brianna Johnson’s stories have appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, FIVE:2:ONE Magazine (online), and the Molotov Cocktail. She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize nomination for work featured in Gigantic Sequins (Issue 9.2). An MFA graduate from the University of Tampa, she lives in Orlando, Florida, where she teaches and serves as managing editor of Burrow Press online journal Fantastic Floridas.

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