Cover Photo: Welcoming blue water, with a shadowy, inky figure rising from the bottom left, and a circle of liquid gold at its center.
Photograph by Jr Korpa/Unsplash

A Seller of Luxury Hair Products in a Texas Shopping Mall Recounts the Wealth of Natural Springs in His Home Country

My mother’s favorite spring has water that reflects her beauty more honestly than a front-facing camera.

One spring flows with Coca-Cola. Next to it flows one with cold, fresh cream.

Brendan Egan’s fiction has been published by Witness, North American Review, Yemassee, and other journals. He is the winner of the Greensboro Review’s 2020 Robert Watson Award. A graduate of the MFA program at McNeese State University, he lives in West Texas where he teaches at Midland College and attempts to keep a garden.