‘Nature’ by Cheryl Pappas

An old woman freezes in a sewing factory, and the boss takes her to unthaw before sending her back to work. So far, so good, but of course there’s so much else going on, and every reading tells another story. I picked this one because the writing shows how everything matters: the rhythm of the sentences, the choice of verbs, and even the title can point us in many different and possible directions. Glorious.

First published in Smokelong, October 2017