“At half past ten the guy from the corner mart came into the shelter. Naomi had only seen him a few times, but he had a distinctive look, to say the least. He was young but rugged, with short-cropped hair and broad shoulders. It figured that the most attractive man in town her age was also a triple amputee. It was so hot out that even he was wearing shorts—red mesh ones with a faded Cola High School crest, below which were hi-tech black metal prosthetics inserted in grubby tennis shoes. He walked up to her and rested his elbows on the counter, and from that position looked normal, except for the one hand that was a carbon fiber hook.”
“A Local’s Guide to Dating in Slocomb County” was published in the summer 2015 issue of the Oxford American. It later won a Pushcart Prize, and was reprinted in The Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses.
It features a novelty dog bone, a cotton field, and several shirt options.