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first place in the Sacramento News & Review 2010 Flash Fiction contest
Illustration by Jason Crosby
by William Doonan
Jess Weimar stepped out of the wreckage. Parts of the airplane still
burned. Judging by the vegetation, she suspected they were deep in the
“Can you help?” someone shouted.
Jess found him. It was Billman, from the home office.
“Are you a doctor?” he asked.
“No, I’m Jess. We met in Rio. I’m a corporate headhunter.”
“That’s too bad,” he said, and he died.
She searched around, but found no other survivors. She wrapped herself
in a blanket and got afraid.
The Jipitos came in the night. Jess woke to find them standing over her,
thirty of them. They were naked and carried long spears.
Jess stood up. She should have been scared, but she wasn’t. The Jipitos
grinned, revealing rows of sharpened teeth. Jess grinned back, already
becoming something new. She would spend the next four years learning
just how satisfying headhunting could be.
Judge Fioravanti had this to say about
first-place winner “Lady Anaconda”:
how smooth and shapely this piece was. The dialogue, the deadpan
humor, and Jess’ casual self-awareness make this story work.”