birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

White on White

Bleached blonde, nursing a baby with a dark mole on its fat cheek. The Ensign of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the seat pocket in front of her. White shirt, glimpse of a bra strap at the neckline: white appliqued with shining white. Off-white skirt with ample fabric, calf-length. Off-white canvas shoes. Child on the seat beside her, honey-colored hair in braids framing her face, quiet, well-behaved, watching Frozen on a small screen, pink water bottle, tanned arms. An expensive haircut — shaped at the neck, the white-blonde dyed hair layered deliberately over the ash-brown original. It seems unlikely she is going to Seattle on business, unless family is business...


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