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June, Dunked, late August 1998

June, Dunked, late August 1998

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June tries too hard to hold on to something. This story is the first chapter of the novel-in-progress, Flying Through The Air With No Particular Ease, by Janet Ference.
June tries too hard to hold on to something. This story is the first chapter of the novel-in-progress, Flying Through The Air With No Particular Ease, by Janet Ference.

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Published by: Blue Fern Press on Jan 23, 2011
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 June, Dunked late August 1998
a short story by Janet Ference 
 
 June, Dunkedlate August 1998first chapter of the novel-in-progressFlying Through The Air With No Particular Easethe author wishes to offer many thanks tothe inimitable Lori HabigeCopyright © 2011 Janet Ference www.janetference.com www.bluefernpress.com www.twitter.com/bluefernpressBlue Fern PressSan Francisco, California
 
It was six days after her Daddy died when June took the first full breath of her life, atthe tardy age of fifty-six.Her little sister, Avis, was to blame for it. Avis borrowed a speedboat, a beauty of aboat, a dart of a thing with electric red striping, and she took June and their middle sister,Meg, out on the lake for what she assured them would be a lazy turn on the water. Hoping for a break from the heat of that week, June hiked up her skirt and got onboard. Meg, alllong legs, in short shorts as red as the streaks on that prow, piled in with a six-pack of PabstBlue Ribbon. Then Avis gunned the gas, Meg and June grabbed for the rails, and the boat went flying, leaving a breakneck wake.During their last dizzying spin, the boat up out of the water and threatening to tip,Meg lurched sideways, and in a single great heave, she threw up all her off-the-wagon beer. June slid away from it and allowed as how she wasn’t going to be the one to clean up thatmess out of the pristine stern of Mac Mattingly’s pricey boat. That Mattingly man hadcarried a torch for Avis since they were twelve years old and somehow he still hadn’t figuredout that she was gay, but even so, he wasn’t likely to take kindly to a stink like that, and Junesaid so.Meg actually cussed at June, a thing she’d never done before in their lives. She usedthe “f” word. Then she proceeded to lean over the stern and rinse her mouth out with yetanother Blue Ribbon beer. She spat out a stream of bile as foul as her language into thebright blue spray of their wake. That’s when the outboard, as though insulted, began to spit and sputter and die.Seemingly delighted, Avis threw her hands up to the heavens and called out theLord’s name like a believer. She was roaring that deep-throated laugh of hers and looking at

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Opening of my novel-in-progress, Flying Through The Air With No Particular Ease. Three grown sisters rock their boat, after their Daddy dies. Posted on Scribd @bluefernpress
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Opening of my novel-in-progress, Flying Through The Air With No Particular Ease
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Andy, thanks for sharing this with others!
Catherine Stine added this note
Nice voice. You really create a mood. Keep going!
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Nice voice! You really create a mood here. Keep going. Catherine
Jake Ference added this note
I love this story. the imagery is outstanding. I felt the cold of the water and drew a fresh, calming breath as though I were there
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