Emerging Writer Contest 3 Winning Story

Emerging Writer Contest 3 Winning Story

Emerging Writer Contest 3 Winning Story
WOUNDS, by Kit Storjohann

WOUNDS

That doesn’t go there. Her thought doesn’t quite find its way into speech. They seldom do anymore.

The left hand remains cradled in the pocket of her robe as its mate re-opens the cabinet and takes the coffee cup out again. It does go there, she knows, but only after she’s drunk the coffee and washed the cup.

She sits at the table and looks around the kitchen again, hoping that the corn-spangled wallpaper and dark wood chairs will trigger some memory. Since she grew up here, the place should be rife with shadows of her past, cues nestled in every corner. Instead she has only confusion and a half-empty coffee cup. Did she drink some or spill it? There is no evidence for either.

The left hand now flops onto the table, practically dead at the end of her wrist. Defensive wound, doctors deduced. But the shot would have struck her head with or without the hand in the way. Screaming stampedes and a bullet-centric manifesto claimed a hand — and a chunk of her mind. Was it occipital or parietal damage? PTSD? Or mere mental fragility? You know how women can be.

Unable to recognize her face in the mirror, she has stopped looking at it. The hand is witness enough. Bionics, someone once suggested after seeing pictures of robot-limbed soldiers, but new lives aren’t free. They are the purview of heroes — not victims.

A man’s face fills the screen of the phone sitting on the table, one she feels like she should know, but is even less familiar than her own. Her finger repeatedly grazes the grain of the wood two inches away from the phone in a futile attempt to slide across the vibrating smile and give it a voice.

About the Author: Christopher “Kit” Storjohann is a writer, photographer, film archivist, and meditation teacher living in Mattituck on the east end of Long Island. A founding member of the North Fork Writers Group, his stories were featured in their anthologies Seven Voices: Volume One (2015) and Seven Voices: Volume Two (2018), both published by The New Atlantean Library. His writing has also appeared in “The Mindfulness Bell,” the online version of “Here Comes Everybody,” and the anthology Beach Street Reads: Paradise (2018) published by Third Street Writers. Kit’s works are slated to appear in upcoming issues of “The Moving Force” and the “Toho Journal.”

Emerging Writer Contest 3 Runner Up Story

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Emerging Writer Contest 3 Winner(s) Announced.

Emerging Writer Contest 3 Winner(s) Announced.