Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Cynthia Gregory lives and writes in northern California. Her short stories have appeared in the Ear, Santa Barbara Review, Briar Cliff Review, Red Rock Review, and the Writer’s Digest Year’s Best Fiction 2001. She recently completed a collection of short stories called Amen, Baby, and is at work on a novel set in the Napa Valley.
Silas started the way all babies do: a divided cell, a spot of blood. Then, after all the work, the perils of miscarriage, the sickness and swelling, he was born too early, and I found that my precious boy had a bad heart. He needed blood and money and about a million years of good luck.