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Knees – Short Story

Here is this week’s short story, “Knees”. If you like my fiction, please buy a copy of my fiction collection, Crushes, available on Amazon in Print and on Amazon Kindle.


Mark drove as straight as he could after Betty pulled over when she screamed at the deer in front of us. We all laughed. Mark kept his head high and his smile on when the cop pulled us over for driving too slow. I explained that Betty had almost had an accident. The cop looked at Mark’s eyes with a light. The cop put Betty in handcuffs after she ran the car’s plate. She told us to tell her sister to come get her. Mark drove a little faster on the way home. When we got to his mom’s house, we laughed and he pulled back out to take me home. When we remembered we were in Betty’s car, we laughed again and we just went to my couch. He fell asleep with his hand in his pants. He woke me up when he yelled at someone outside the duplex for being too loud. When I told him that I thought I’d ordered pizza before I fell asleep, he told me he loved me and put his hands on my cheeks. We lay there, his knee folded into the back of mine, and laughed until we both fell asleep.

A few months later we heard Betty had moved to Salt Lake City and was set up with a job at a church. Mark still has her car parked in his mom’s garage. We laugh sometimes about it. I still never told him that I think it’s cool his legs have no tan lines.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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