Spring 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 2 2022 Short Fiction Contest |

Siphonophore

2022 Short Fiction Contest Winner Molly wanted to go to Galveston for her birthday. I balked when she told me, mystified by the thought of celebrating her sweet sixteen in a town infested with tourists — young families and old couples in matching visors milling around the pier, stuffing their pockets with cheap souvenirs and saltwater taffy before boarding one of the cruise ships stretched across the channel. If the sea lice levels were low, we could lie on a crowded beach and wade out into the bathwater-warm waves ’til our shoulders and shins burned. By the end of the day, our swimsuits would be stained brown by the Mississippi silt and haunted by the sharp funk of low tide. But Molly insisted. She joked it’d be like the Bowman family trips she and Bucky hated when they were kids, before their mom died.  “Could be the last time I ever see the Gulf,” she said, wistful and breathy and awful. My stomach clenched, the threat of her words as real as a bull ho

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M. W. Brooke is a queer writer originally from the American Southwest, now living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Atticus Review, CHEAP POP, Waxwing, and X-R-A-Y. Find her online at www.mwbrooke.com or @mwbrooke on Twitter.

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