115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Worst Things

Meaghan Loraas, Texas State University

Meaghan Loraas is a second-year MFA student at Texas State University. Her work has most recently appeared in New South Online, subTerrain Magazine and is forthcoming from McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is working on her first novel.

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Meaghan Loraas lives and writes in Texas. Her fiction has most recently appeared in New South Online and subTerrain Magazine. Her narrative nonfiction piece, "Open Letter to the Old White Men I Encountered at the Minimum Wage Texas Barbecue Job I Had During My First Year of Grad School" is forthcoming from McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is working on her first novel as well as a collection of stories. 

"The Worst Things" excerpt:

The spring before we met, she’d been driving to work the usual way and saw a squirrel flattened on the side of the road, near that corner store where I buy my not-so-secret cigarettes, the store that makes me laugh because it looks like a log cabin. Who are you kidding, man? You’re a gas station. You’re not fancy. You’re not a log cabin.

Pay attention to me, she said. What was worse, she said, the squirrel was a mama squirrel and her babies were around her, surrounding her.

Oh fuck, that is sad.

No, no, what was worse she said, the babies didn’t realize their mama was dead. They were trying to get her to wake up. Or something. They didn’t know she was gone.

I asked her how she could’ve seen all of this while driving and she said, “It was the worst thing I ever fucking saw.”