“Paying the Piper” in Landlocked

by Jeff Fleischer

The new issue of Landlocked (which used to be Beecher’s) at the University of Kansas is out now, and it includes my short story “Paying the Piper.”

An excerpt:

When the phone rang early Thursday afternoon, the Piper didn’t answer it right away.

It rang a few times, the dusty receiver vibrating on its base, before he realized what was making the noise. Honestly, it had been so long since anyone called the landline that he forgot he even had it. The landlord had set it up years ago and, since it wasn’t a separate bill, he never thought to disconnect it. The Piper eventually rolled himself off the edge of his bed and ambled to the desk.

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