Gulf Coast: Schisma & Prix Fixe Dating Menu
Don’t you love it when your odd pieces find homes? These two pieces of flash fiction couldn’t be more different. “Schisma” is pretty traditional (narrative) that came from leftover research that I didn’t want to discard, and “Prix Fixe” is an experimental piece that grew out of the horrors of dating in Tallahassee. Luckily, Gulf Coast was into both of them.
From “Prix Fixe Dating Menu, Tallahassee Edition,” which was named in Wigleaf’s Top 50 short fictions of 2018.
“Coffee @ Obviously Christian Coffee Shop: Slurp a fishbowl of Arabic coffee. Mumford & Sons, the music so loud you can only nod at one another, smile in frustration. He points to the ceiling—he means the music—so fake liking the band because his fingers tap out a rhythmic Morse code on his knee. Watch him untangle his skinny-jeaned legs to drop a dollar into the donation box, the crucifix barely a watermark on its façade.”
Click here to read the rest of “Prix Fixe.”
Here’s the opening of “Schisma:”
“For ten euro, you’ll rest easy aboard Posidonia, the smoothest ship in all of Schisma. Happily we’ll sail to Kalydon, just twenty minutes across the sea, and through the main gate of the island we’ll walk past a field of wildflowers, maybe pause for a picture by the old fort. If you wish to hear of the Ottoman rule, I am the woman for you. I’ll tell you how during the revolt of 1878, Cretan revolutionaries took everything in the name of Christ but couldn’t touch Kalydon. You will learn the best of history from me, Anna. A perfect host, my facts lined up like so many pencils on a table.”
Click here to read the rest of “Schisma.”