Uncle Skip came in from wood-splitting with the ax lodged in his chest, hugely panicking. The kids yelled, “Pull it out!” But I didn’t, because he’d bleed out fast.
Drove ninety to the hospital.
The Trauma Team paused visibly when Skip said he was uninsured. Then they saved his life.
Todd Mercer of Grand Rapids, Michigan was nominated for Best of the Net in 2018. Recent work appears in Down in the Dirt, The Lake, and Praxis.