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Rumpus Original Fiction: Nacho

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The benign lipoma floated in a small jar that Abundio had set on his nightstand when he came back from the doctor’s office. At first, when Dr. Reyes had asked him if he would like to bring it home, Abundio had laughed in the belief that this was nothing more than obtuse doctor humor. But Dr. Reyes did not smile and waited for a response to her question. So, Abundio said: “Sure.”

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Inheritance

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When she was seven years old, Lottie killed her first rattlesnake. As long as she could remember, her grandfather had instilled in her that The Good Californian killed the rattlesnake, spared those behind him the danger of snakebite, the venom sapped from their future. She thought it was allegory until she came face-to-Western-face with a Mojave rattlesnake in the scrub out by the foothills.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Scale

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With my first blood, a scale appears, hard and iridescent in the soft skin below my arm. In bathroom mirror light, elbow raised, I press and prod, fingertips rusted from menstrual discovery. They trace red, which soaks into the skin and blossoms more scales, reflecting blue and green. I wash my hands. And the scales […]

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From the Archive: Rumpus Original Fiction—The Christmas Party

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I laugh. My laugh, this thing that sounds better on somebody else.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: On Sight

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You stood and put your hair up. It made you a different man. You got hard and decided you were why.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Barong

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Appearance aside, my boss took his work seriously.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Daddies and Sons

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When Jeb was old enough to have a family of his own, he hardly ever laid hands on his boys.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Poor People Disappear

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Nothing is not right. There is no indication there has ever been a house.

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