Kira Homsher

A Philadelphia native, Kira Homsher is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She has won Phoebe Journal’s 2020 nonfiction contest and was a finalist in CRAFT‘s flash fiction contest. Her writing also appears or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Ghost City Review, and others. She is working on her first short story collection. You can find her at kirahomsher.com.

HARDING’S REFLEX by Kira Homsher

It’s an involuntary reflex, like how looking at the sun can make some people sneeze. Whenever Harding drives past a 7-Eleven, he has to turn around and buy a pack of cigarettes. To be clear, he is not a smoker. He buys a cheap pack of whatever color looks most appealing in the moment, regardless of brand, then smokes exactly one cigarette in the parking lot before stuffing the pack in the glove compartment and driving to his destination.  He particularly likes packs in yellow. And sea-foam green, because they look clean and soapy.  If he had to explain it,…

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