“How Do You Thank a River?” by Tara L. Masih

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For Bose, to cross the Red River is to know freedom. But the cattle are stubborn, his comrades are wounded, and the memories are as solemn as the waters that run with the blood of his people. He’d been forced to the side, but he never forgot where he came from, and now it’s time to go home – at whatever the cost.


How Do You Thank a River?

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About the Author
Tara L. Masih is editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle (both ForeWord Books of the Year), author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows, and Series Editor of the Best Small Fictions. Her flash has been anthologized in Word of Mouth, Brevity & Echo, Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose, Flash Fiction Funny, and Stripped, and featured in Fiction Writer’s Review for National Short Story Month.
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