Jonathan Cardew

Jonathan Cardew

hails from the steel city, Sheffield, but lives in the cream city, Milwaukee. His short fiction can be found at wigleaf, cream city review, Passages North, Maudlin House, and elsewhere. He edits fiction for Connotation Press. Check out more here or @cardewjcardew.

FRIENDSHIP WOLFCHEESE by Jonathan Cardew

Slide through the doors of the convenience store. Live a little in your skin. This skin was given to you in about 1975. Friendship Wolfcheese made sure you got the kind of skin that earned you favor. Ask for cigarettes. Carefully enunciate the vowels and the consonants. Friendship Wolfcheese was very particular about sounds. Marlllllborooooo Liiiiiights. Feel the heat in your cheeks. Why the heat in your cheeks? Marllllllborooooo Liiiights. He doesn’t understand you. This boy of fifteen, with the fresh coat of paint on his face. Squints in your direction. He’s speaking, but the speaking isn’t happening in your…

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