Fall 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 4 Fiction |

Mormons in Heat

He that knoweth not good from evil is blameless.     —Alma 29:5, The Book of Mormon Sunlight flashes off chrome fenders, hitting Eli's eyes, blinding him. Eight motorcycles enlarge in the rearview mirror. Hot this morning, and warming up. "More highway company," Eli says to Sutton, or to the steering wheel—whichever. This latest cache of sightseeing brochures is simply hypnotizing his partner. Sutton holds one by the edges, handling it like a delicate specimen. Splashed across another glossy pamphlet are different types of cacti. "Forget about those, Sutton. Pay attention," Eli says. "You might learn something." As the bikes approach, down goes Eli's window. He wants to side glance that fine Harley craftsmanship. He wants to inhale, for a moment, the freedom. "Chicks on motorcycles," Eli says, clenching the steering wheel. He can almost smell the armpits. Leading the charge is a woman wearing square gunner's goggles. Eli clocks her at fifty, maybe fi

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