Spicy rotting-leaf smell mixes with hops from the brewery. Tendrils of hedges still growing tickle the cheek. Summer is holding her breath, about to drown in autumn.
If you could inspire anyone to do anything, what would it be?
Halsted M. Bernard is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in Innsmouth Magazine, Map Literary, and Bewildering Stories, and she has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, both as a Story Shop participant and with the literary writing and spoken-word performance group Writers' Bloc. For more about Halsted's publications and performances, please see her "Fiction" page.