University of Central Arkansas
Arkana: A Literary Journal of Mysteries and Marginalized Voices
The lake draws small ripples at the shore. Pines in the forest across the way sway slightly. Slapping twice against the window pane, a tattered shade moves off-beat to the curtains that billow toward and away from the long grass. Nothing else stirs except unseen robins singing close by. No one walks the distant dirt road. Damp, sharp scents wind inside the house up up to the second floor.