Today, I’m linking you to one of my favorite stories, that appeared first in RiverSedge, and now is republished online with Necessary Fiction — curated this month by the amazing, Stefanie Freele.
Please take a look at this site. There is wonderful work here, and of course be sure to pick up one of Stef’s short story collections, if you haven’t already.
But to wet your appetite –here’s the beginning of “Seniors at War”
Sergeant Scrubs’ battalion No. 363 was getting the shit kicked out of them, but no one could hear him squawk for help over at Geriatric Base Southeast Quadrant. The hearing aids belonging to all Command Central personnel automatically shut off whenever the mainframe went down—which it always did when the temperature rose to 110˚.
So, around lunchtime in the summer, the commanders went deaf for 25 minutes.
The enemy knew this, and Com Cen knew they knew. But no one had figured out how to reset the system.
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(Copyright, Stephanie Barbe Hammer, 10/21/2012)
Published by Stephanie Barbé Hammer
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a magical realist prose fiction writer, novelist, occasional essayist, and a committed, intermittent poet, as well as a passionate instructor of writing. A 7-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize she has published work in Hayden's Ferry, Pearl, CRATE, Rhapsoidia, NYCBigCityLit, the East Jasmine Review, Apeiron, Inlandia, Literary Alchemy and the Bellevue Literary Review among other places. She is the author the fabulist novel THE PUPPET TURNERS OF NARROW INTERIOR (Urban Farmhouse Press), a novelette, RESCUE PLAN (Bamboo Dart Press), a prose poem chapbook collection, SEX WITH BUILDINGS (dancing girl press), and a poetry collection, HOW FORMAL (Spout Hill Press).
Stephanie's new novel PRETEND PLUMBER is available for order from your favorite bookstore, and her poetry chapbook CITY SLICKER appeared in July 2022. Stay tuned for her novella, JOURNEY TO MERVEILLEUX CITY, coming out in 2023!
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