• Dedicated to Steak Knife by Nicholas Stillman

    Thomas tried to avoid eye contact with the homeless milling around his apartment. He possessed a long-standing fear of being mugged on his walks to and from the university. He knew he presented a target. His clothes might as well be a bullseye buttoned smartly to his body. Today was no exception as it was Oxford day, both in shoes and choice in button-up. Oxford, he thought about the college with longing–one day he would make it there. One day his novel would get him in. It was early and the mist limited his sight line to a matter of feet. He tried to walk confidently down 11th, but this…