Fiction from NER 32.4.
They started out very calmly, hello, Kalypso, how have you been, do you still have that necklace I made for you out of shells and dolphin tendons. Pretty quickly he began adding in short vignettes about his kid and some hunting trips they had been on, or how they’d gotten together on a Saturday afternoon and fixed a broken yoke. Then the kid stories stopped and he started telling her all about his fears—someone was in the house last night but he couldn’t catch him, someone was killing his beeves, there was a knife under his pillow he hadn’t put there, real chilling things.
Zana Previti was born and raised in New England. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the University of California, Irvine, where she is at work on her first novel. Her fiction has appeared most recently in Hayden’s Ferry Review and the Los Angeles Review.