Action: Bite nails. Wonder what I'll write about.
Result: Start writing entries as if they were written with the same structure that I wrote The Call, as diary entries, only I won't write them from my husband's POV, the way The Call is. Instead, I'll write them from my POV.
Call: A draft horse with a sarcoid on his neck.
Action: Drove to farm with my husband over damaged roads that were so torn up by the flood it seemed as if we were really driving over rocks and boulders in a dried out stream bed.
Result: Watched husband tranq the draft horse, then inject it with carbocaine while the owner pointed out to us her new herd of 10 white propane tanks that had migrated to her field. They were from a heating company miles up the road and had floated down in swirling brown flood waters. They were close together, huddled by her barn wall. The shape of the incision made it look like the draft horse now had a third eye on its neck.
What the draft horse did after my husband sewed her up with six stitches: walked out in the field and joined the 10 propane tanks, standing by them, some blood dripping from between his sutures.
What the owner said about the draft horse and the 10 propane tanks: He won't leave their sides ever since they've come.
What we see on the drive home: A roadside vegetable stand with the sign "Home Groan Vegetables."
Thoughts on drive home: Our flood damaged torn up black top road looks like the jagged end of a key.
What the children say when we get home: Some men came to the door. They said they were from the Government and they wanted to know if we needed any help.
What the husband says: Those are the scariest words you'll ever hear.
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Yannick Murphy is the author of the novels Signed, Mata Hari, Here They Come, and The Sea of Trees, as well as two story collections and several children's books. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a Chesterfield Screenwriting Award.
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Yannick Murphy is the author of The Call: A Novel