“River Have Mercy” in The Broken Plate

by Jeff Fleischer

Though delayed from spring by the COVID-19 pandemic, the new issue of The Broken Plate from Ball State University is out, and it features my short story “River Have Mercy.”

An excerpt:

The first time I saw her, she was sitting on a bench near the river. She was reading with her legs crossed, in a skirt just long enough to leave some things to my imagination, with one stockinged leg dangling over the other. She moved it like a pendulum, hypnotically, in the rhythm of some song I couldn’t hear, but which brought a shy smile to her face.

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