‘Elk Talk’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

A powerful depiction of precarity and human entitlement, with a great deal of modern resonance.

They both watched as the camera slowly pushed out the cloudy, damp photograph.
“Hold this by the edges carefully,” Jean instructed, handing it to Benny, “and see what turns up.”
There was a knock at the door.

First published in Story. Collected in Pilgrims, Houghton Mifflin, 1997