Ian Riggins

A Boy Right Here in Town

My wife, Becca, says she was the first one to spot the McCloskey kid washed up on the shore of Franklin Hollow Lake. Ever since spring broke through the stubborn Virginia winter, she’d walked with a group of neighborhood wives in the evening. Twelve, maybe as many as fifteen of them. They walked the two miles around Franklin Hollow Circle, sometimes detouring along the drives that twisted off the road like snakes from Medusa’s head. Neighborhood watch, they called it, and we laughed. They carried weapons with them—Maglites, Little League bats, anything they could find in the garage or attic or basement that might fend off a burglar or vandal. They strapped Nalgene bottles of white wine to their fanny packs...

Ian Riggins

Ian Riggins is a graduate of Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has been published in Pithead Chapel, Buffalo Almanack, Rappahannock Review, and more.