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The Short Form

“Dot or Feather”

Nina McConigley


Cindy smiled and watched as Carol placed a bag of chips on top of cans of vegetables. When she first arrived in Wyoming, Cindy thought there had been a mistake. She was expecting a Riverdale, like the one in the comic books. Instead, when she came off the plane she was nearly blown off the stairs. All around her was desert. The open spaces scared her. Where were the trees? The birds? When Carol and Jim pointed out an antelope as they drove home, Cindy felt the animal's disdain for her, although it was beautiful. It looked up and then continued eating.

We read it in Cowboys and East Indians.