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2009 Dogzplot Flash Fiction Anthology article

 

 
 

SNOW - Hardy Jones


She, being from the tropics and having seen the Olympic Winter Games on her village’s TV, named her only child Snow. She had never been in snow and Snow had never been in snow, so it became the village’s – whose name is not pertinent and is difficult to pronounce – one desire to get Snow in snow. This cause was helped along by Snow’s grandparent the village leader, who each year after Snow’s birth saved part of the village’s profit from its harvest of mangoes, tamarinds, lychees, papayas, pineapples, and rice to pay for Snow’s trip to be in snow.

The grandparent and the rest of the village could not decide where the best snow resided for their Snow. The Himalayans were suggested, but that place, the villagers heard, had the abominable Snowman, and no one, especially she and the grandparent, wanted Snow to be taken by an evil Snowman. She, after the others had reached their wits ends, thumbed through the atlas and found the perfect place: Iceland. She remembered the Winter Games had ice-skating, ice hockey, and the luge and bobsledding were conducted on ice; ice, she concluded, must be a requirement to have snow, and a place named after ice would have snow for Snow.

After six transfers and twenty-seven hours in planes, Snow was in snow. Snow froze Snow’s mouth, so Snow didn’t like snow. Snow decided that snow was not Snow, and that hating snow, Snow did not hate Snow, but hated snow.







Hardy's Publications and Awards

Grants and Awards article
People of the Good God (Memoir) article
Novel "Every Bitter Thing" article
Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South article
The Best of Clapboard House Anthology Volume 12 "Bunk Beds But Not Chairs" article
Louisiana Folklife Journal Volume 34 "Rendez-Vous des Cadiens Prairie" article
Louisiana Folklife Journal Vol. 33 "Grab Yourself a Cup of Coffee " article
Louisiana Folklife Journal Vol. 32 "Blessings from a Woman of the Good God" article



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