Fall 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 2014 |

The Siege at Whale Cay

Georgie woke up in bed alone. She slipped into a swimsuit and wandered out to a soft stretch of white sand Joe called Femme Beach. The Caribbean sky was cloudless, the air already hot. Georgie waded into the ocean, and as soon as the clear water reached her knees she dove into a small wave with expert form. She scanned the balcony of the pink stucco mansion for the familiar silhouette, the muscular woman in a monogrammed polo shirt chewing a cigar. Joe liked to drink her morning coffee and watch Georgie swim. But not today. Curious, Georgie toweled off, tossed a sundress over her suit, and walked the dirt path toward the general store, sand coating her ankles, shells crackling underneath her bare feet. The path was covered in lush, leafy overhang and stopped in front of a cinder-block building with a thatched roof. Georgie looked at the sun overhead. She lost track of time on the island. Time didn't matter on Whale Cay. You did what Joe wanted to do, when Joe wanted

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Megan Mayhew Bergman's first collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was published by Scribner, and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick and Huffington Post Best Book of 2012. Scribner will also publish her next collection, Almost Famous Women, and a novel in 2015.

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