Brandon Getz

Skins

I perch myself on the steel stool beside the worktable—needles, pliers, penknife, and thread spools all laid in a row on its chrome surface. When I press my boot on the foot pedal, the conveyor belt cranks and whirrs, and the morning’s first load of assorted critters rumbles toward me. I start in on a ratty-looking jackrabbit, hoping to keep a steady pace and clock out a little early. It’s Taco Tuesday, and the girls are expecting chimichanga kids meals for dinner.

Brandon Getz

Brandon Getz holds an MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane, WA. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Versal, The Ampersand Review, Thin Air, and Ghost Ocean, and stories are forthcoming in The Delmarva Review and Paragraphiti. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his dog, Marlo, where he is writing a novel set on Mars.