Caroline Beimford’s stories and essays have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and Arkansas Arts Council. She is currently a Sturgis International Fellow in Madrid.
A short story from the Summer 2018 issue.
Instead of coming to my birthday party, Shelby decided to become a Mormon. Every year since I turned nine it was me, my Nan, and Shelby eating meringue and lighting off snakes and spinners. Then her new church threw her a potluck, and she picked deviled eggs and dip over me. I got so mad I wanted to tell her what I really thought. That she was only getting saved—converted, dunked, brought into the light, whatever—because her dad said he’d pay for BYU. She knew her tips would never cover West Virginia, so she was going along with the God stuff.