The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet A. R. Rea fiction y the summer of 1984, bankruptcy was so close we could taste it. It tasted like beans, which we ate with growing frequency, and it tasted like fear. It tasted like the cigarettes my mother lit one off the next. My father, meanwhile, fell into deep silences. He stood with his arms crossed, contemplating our many orange Herefords, once valuable enough to warrant his near-constant attention, now worth less than Photo and illlustration by Liz Priddy three dimes a pound. The cows looked back, chewing their cuds, oblivious to soaring feed prices, unacquainted with terms like "mortgaged" and "remortgaged." Neighbors came by to look at the equipment, offering such trifling amounts that my father's face reddened. He turned them down, but they called again, offering less. That same summer, a local radio station announced the First Annual Hunt for the Silver Bullet. They'd hidden an empty keg in fifty miles of wilderness, and whoever found it won two thousand dollars, a trip to Acupulco and a lifetime supply of light beer. "Two thousand dollars," my father kept repeating. "That wouldn't hurt a bit." We tried to calculate the value of the Acapulco vacation, which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Silver Bullet

The Missouri Review, Volume 34 (2) – Jul 22, 2011

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A. R. Rea fiction y the summer of 1984, bankruptcy was so close we could taste it. It tasted like beans, which we ate with growing frequency, and it tasted like fear. It tasted like the cigarettes my mother lit one off the next. My father, meanwhile, fell into deep silences. He stood with his arms crossed, contemplating our many orange Herefords, once valuable enough to warrant his near-constant attention, now worth less than Photo and illlustration by Liz Priddy three dimes a pound. The cows looked back, chewing their cuds, oblivious to soaring feed prices, unacquainted with terms like "mortgaged" and "remortgaged." Neighbors came by to look at the equipment, offering such trifling amounts that my father's face reddened. He turned them down, but they called again, offering less. That same summer, a local radio station announced the First Annual Hunt for the Silver Bullet. They'd hidden an empty keg in fifty miles of wilderness, and whoever found it won two thousand dollars, a trip to Acupulco and a lifetime supply of light beer. "Two thousand dollars," my father kept repeating. "That wouldn't hurt a bit." We tried to calculate the value of the Acapulco vacation, which

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Published: Jul 22, 2011

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