fiction by Pamela Perlman
He turned back with a raised eyebrow.
John sat on a low bale of hay with a grunt then gestured for Ruby to sit beside him. She felt sure that now, finally, he would kiss her and clasped her hands together to still their trembling.
She sleep-walked past the pump to the house and let the screen door clap behind her. Then the summer help boy down from college emerged from the shadows of the red barn looking as piewhacked as the girl and followed her wandering path.
Pamela Perlman is a native and resident of Lexington, Kentucky. Her first novel, After the Race, was published by Rabbit House Press in 2020. Her short fiction has been published in Nowhere Magazine, AvantAppalachia, and Fleas on the Dog. She has twice been honored as honorable mention in the Kentucky's Next Great Writer contest sponsored by the Carnegie Center for Literary and Learning.