Mar/Apr 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 2 March 30, 2022 |

What Can’t Be Grown Must Be Mined

The first job Annie took after the abortion was the most dangerous one she could find on ShovelBums.org. According to the listing there was a slight possibility she could be blown to bits on this job site in Missouri, though this was not how the US Government had phrased it. Undoubtedly this risk, however slight, was a deterrent for most archaeological field techs, especially the greener ones, but for Annie, this possibility was reassuring. Maybe even welcome. She believed she deserved an explosive death. Plus, mercifully, if she did die, she would never have to see Walker again. • • Annie planned to go to Missouri alone with the hope that when she returned to her dismal one-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee, her boyfriend, Walker, and his things, would be gone. Walker’s plan to repair their relationship seemed to be to smother Annie with his presence, to fill her life up so completely with his smell, his music, his booze, his terrible but impassioned cooking, his tools, and ab

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Willa C. Richards is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, and she is a recipient of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Richards is the author of the novel The Comfort of Monsters (HarperCollins, 2021).

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