January’s Pure Slush Counterpoint Story features Berit Ellingsen and I with complimenting pieces. Berit’s main piece The Punishment is a unique tale, and when asked, I jumped at the chance to write a counterpoint story.
It was a fun ride. Let’s just say I dove deep for this one. Pretty damn deep.
Here’s an excerpt from The Plan.
She flicks her hair. “I hate you.”
“I know. I’m sorry.”
“Why’d do have to do it?” she asks. “Why on my birthday?” My sister wrinkles her nose. Her face looks wavy in the plastic wall that separates us. “That’s all they’ll remember now,” she says. “Not me. Just you and that gun.”
“You said that already.” She crosses her arms. Exhales. “He came by the house the other day.”
“That guy…the guy who keeps poking his nose into our business. Doing research on you or whatever for the court.” My sister laughs, a little chirping sound. “I think he thinks mom used to beat you or something. It’s pretty funny.”
I put a hand to my temple and watch the light. “Hilarious.”
Visit Pure Slush to read the entire story and Berit’s piece The Punishment. Special thanks to Editor Matt Potter and Ms. Ellingsen.