Fiction: "Don't Mess" by Jeff Kass
Published in BULL magazine
Men's fiction. Now there's something I can get behind. BULL is like Maxim magazine, only instead of being mindless and annoying, BULL is thoughtful and fun to read. So I guess it's not really like Maxim at all, except that it's geared toward men. But that doesn't mean women can't enjoy it, too, right? After all, I read through Amy and Isabelle and enjoyed it, although I'm sure I missed some things that women might have picked up on. Great book, by the way.
Anywho, I think you should check BULL out. Here's an excerpt from "Don't Mess," by Jeff Kass:
You dont make out with your girlfriend, no matter how cute, when youre seeded 4th and youre about to face the top-ranked wrestler in your weight-class. Not when he can see you making out and hes not making out. Not when hes warming up in that arctic drafty gym, bouncing from one foot to the other, shaking his arms loose, seething. Because what hes thinkingwhile you suck face and are not warming upis that you dont respect him. Hes the top seed and youre treating him like hes some guppy youre gonna flop onto his back. What hes thinking is hed like nothing better than not only to beat you, but to humiliate you in front of your hot cheerleader girlfriend. He wants you on your back, his breath stinking and thick on your neck, in your face, you squirming, hoping youre still gonna get someunlikelyafter your girl sees you weak, pathetic, beaten.
P.S. I'm still loving my subscription to One Story, and I just got a new issue of the Missouri Review. Loving both of 'em.