Indestructible by Christopher DeWan
Hayley Fitz on today’s bonus story: I was chatting with some other editors while perusing our submissions queue when I found Christopher DeWan’s “Indestructible.” To be real, I was pulling it up with a bunch of other stuff and hadn’t meant to read it right then, but my eyes hit that first sentence and I couldn’t escape. I threw my laptop at the other editors like, whoa, stop what you’re doing, you have to read this. So, now we’re throwing this wild ride to you, dear PN readers. Take cover.
My mom says I'm a miracle because when I was eight I was diagnosed with cancer, a bad kind of cancer that no one survives, and I survived. She says I'm indestructible, that I can't be killed, and she believes it. That's why she's got a gun pointed at my head while she robs this bank. "It'll all be okay," she tells me. I don't know if it'll all be okay, but we have to pay those doctor bills somehow.
Christopher DeWan has published stories in journals including A Cappella Zoo, Bartleby Snopes, DOGZPLOT, Jersey Devil Press, JMWW, Juked, Necessary Fiction, and wigleaf, and his story collection Hoopty Time Machines is forthcoming from Atticus Books. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Learn more at http://christopherdewan.com.