What the Government Doesn’t Want You To Know
Pedro Ponce

This is the season of lovers, hands clutched, arms linked through layers of wool and
waterproof. They slow your steps between crumbling snow banks, linger at corners to kiss and ponder private wonders. They avail themselves of an early thaw, making blissful bowers out of toolsheds and greenhouses, backyard gazebos after dark. By morning, the car radio is tuned to a station you don’t remember programming. You check for missing items to an unfamiliar soundtrack. Nothing is missing. The interior is pristine.

Pedro Ponce’s fiction has appeared recently in Copper Nickel, A cappella Zoo, and the 2 a.m. Project. His novella in shorts, Homeland, was published recently by Seven Kitchens Press.