Gary S. Watkins

Gary S. Watkins is a middle school teacher living in the Arizona desert. He has been published by Nevermet Press, 5×5 Fiction, and Trapeze Magazine. The long, searing summers of Phoenix will almost certainly inspire additional fictions, and not all of them fever dreams.

Stories by Gary S. Watkins

Bug Catcher

Illustrated by Delilah Buckle

“Let it go! Let it go!” Shayla screamed shrilly, pounding Derek’s back with tiny fists. “No! It’s just a bug and I can do what I want with it.” An impromptu game of hide-and-seek with his little sister had quickly ended when Derek spotted and snatched an unknown bug from its perch on the trunk of a …