By DS Levy

That afternoon, Joyce finally sat down to write the letter she had put off for too long. She had received a grant from the state and was required to thank her Senator for his support of the arts. Joyce lived in a red state. She had never voted for the Senator and thus wrote the letter without conviction or gratitude before printing off two copies, one of which she rushed to the post office.

Back home, she glanced at her copy and noticed that in her closing, in which she had invited the Senator to attend one of her classes—as she had been obligated to do according to the rules of the grant—she’d typed: “Refreshments and snakes will be served.” Even if she had caught the mistake, she would have let it stand.

DS Levy lives in the Midwest. Her fiction has appeared in many journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart and Best Microfiction, and was included in Wigleaf‘s Top 50 2021 and Longlist 2022.

Art by Lesley C. Weston (Digital Collage)

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