Ian Golding


Linus had relished the quiet times when Charlie left to scavenge for copper. Alone, he’d squat on his blue blanket beside the enormous pumpkin and whisper into the stem just how much he loved it. For hours he’d lean close, brushing his lips against the orange flesh, and discuss whatever came to mind—Giant Pumpkin growing season, Giant Pumpkin growing tips, Giant Pumpkin growing records.

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"In the Essence of the Gourd" was originally published at Booth.