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Issue 4: July 2020
Micro-Fiction: 101 words,
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By Heather Bourbeau



When she heard the coyote, she gave herself 15 minutes to pack what she could. She thought she might have a greater chance at making it to Canada if she left before the sun came up. She tied her larger suitcases to the top of her car and drove, taking back streets, avoiding checkpoints. In the morning, her daughter woke unknowingly to an empty house. She ate, dressed for work, caught the carpool. It was only when she saw her mother’s hand-dyed scarf among the clothes strewn on the road that she understood—her mother had finally escaped, without her.

Heather Bourbeau’s
Issue 4, July 2020

fiction and poetry have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cardiff Review, Cleaver, Short Édition, and The Stockholm Review of Literature. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been published in several anthologies, including Nothing Short Of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost 19), Respect: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press), and America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press).

Ms. Bourbeau has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia. She is finishing a collection of one hundred 100-word stories entitled Tart Juice.

Author’s website: https://www.heatherbourbeau.com/

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

100-Word Stories From Tart Juice

How to Talk to a Former Warlord, a poem by Heather Bourbeau in The Missing Slate (18 March 2015)

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