A Quiet Root

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“Awake at 2:58 AM Anticipating Eruption” by Nathan King

My brother is becoming a bomb. I lie awake while cicadas scream, his wires crossing, sparks hissing. He strums strings and creates such beautiful sounds; I wish they would wet the gunpowder in his head. But he taps at computer keys, and I imagine he’s twisting himself into a rectangular shape with knobs and buttons, preparing for the worst.

Read it in Chestnut Review

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