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Hindsight Story Night #82

The inside of the car looked like outer space or an aquarium

So many things in Alice’s life needed a heavy touch.

Bubbles the Snake needed to wrap something up until it snapped before he ate.

Watching Bubbles eat was like watching a professional wrestler pop a zit with a choke hold.

His belly stayed swollen for so many weeks that Alice stopped smelling like the pet store where she bought live mice.

Those girls teach us just about everything, except how to swim.

According to a crying Alice, all that disappointment just takes the breath out of you.

Colton would like us to know the following:

Colton Merris’s work has appeared on Chuck Palahniuk’s Plot Spoiler, The Buckman Journal, The Coachella Review, The Clackamas Literary Review, and others. He is currently working on his kitchen-table MFA from Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, and Monica Drake. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Insta: @colton_merris Email:

Best story yet, Colton.

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