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“Afraid of the Dark”

Percival Everett


He ran along the north rail and practiced rollbacks. His mule was getting the hang of it, but still he was a mule and wanted to think about everything before he did it. Austin considered the fact that he had to be smarter than the animal. Apparently, spending most of the hours of most of his days working his equine friends hadn't made him that smart. It had made him broke and divorced, but not smart. Sarah said as she left, “You go out on trails all right, but what you really love is riding around in circles.” She said that and drove away in a Chevy with a weak battery to the house of another man. 

We read it in Damned If I Do.