Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 FictionNovember 28, 2023 |

No Fury

Long vowels, short fuses.  “‘You look like you could use a glass of iced tea’ ? An iced tea? I’ll get him something, and it won’t be an iced tea.” With a Southern accent, iced can languish, hold the door open for itself, morph into assed. Maggie’s mother speaks in italics, silken but life-or-death. Another thing Maggie wishes she had inherited, along with the adriatic eyes and the monthlong legs: the impenetrable belief — no, the ungovernable conviction — that if she had something to say, it was worth saying.  “People just . . . don’t know what to do or say during this kind of stuff. But did you see her?” Maggie asks.  “I don’t want to sound ugly,” Edie answers, gaze unmoved from the road. “I really don’t. But, good Lord. She couldn’t have made them a little less obvious?”  “I don’t think she was going for subtle.” Maggie looks at the passenger window, not beyond it. Raindrops have collected on

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Jane Walton received her MA in journalism from the University of Mississippi. She was the winner of the inaugural Kenyon Review Developmental Editing Fellowship for Emerging Writers in fiction, and she is at work on her first novel.

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