The Honor of Armadillos

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The armadillo had wandered into the middle of the road and stopped. It was either too stupid or too scared to move, even with the truck headed straight towards it. Gilman stared at the animal. Then he stared at the telephone pole twenty-five feet off the right side of the road from where the armadillo was standing…

Armadillos becoming roadkill on the burning asphalt of desert highways. The tangled lines connecting a father’s past in the jungles of Vietnam to his son’s future in the desert sands of the Middle East. The colliding forces of patriotism and self-preservation, duty and decency, honor and honesty. A young soldier with a decision to make—or not.

All of these things swirling in the dust storms of a scorching Texas summer in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq helped create my short story “The Honor of Armadillos,” available now in the summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher along with poems, artwork, and prose from some of the Pacific Northwest’s most original and exciting writers and artists.

Detail from "World Quilt, Panel 1," by artist Beth Yazhari, featured along with more work in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher

Detail from “World Quilt, Panel 1,” by artist Beth Yazhari, featured along with more work in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher

Click here to go directly to my short story, “The Honor of Armadillos,” from which you can also access the rest of the issue  for free along with past issues and an engaging community site; or click here to go directly to the first page of the Summer 2015 issue, with an introduction by managing editor Tiah Lindner Raphael.

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