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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

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Roberta Beary
Bethesda, Maryland, USA


Unreliable Narrator

Midwinter dusk and the big city high school is deserted. Except for one teacher and student. The teacher says he wants to discuss an idea. An extra credit paper on Faulkner. Here in the corner of his classroom, where they won't be disturbed. At 16 she recognizes the weird look on his face. When he edges closer saying, "I can help you get into a good college," she doesn't wonder if it's true. Instead she says her father is picking her up. And will come looking for her if she's not out in front. He steps back and smiles his teacher smile. She knows she's safe for now.

above the clock steeple
stars patch the sky

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