This story is less than 3 full pages. Donegin, just fourteen years old, is teaching himself to surf in Florida. It's written in present tense and such a close 3rd person POV that its feels like a first-person story. "Donegin Takes on the God of the Sea" jumps into the life of this kid just as he confronts a crucial moment in his life. Donegin needs to find an inner strength to help him cope with his slut of a mother.
One of my favorite parts of this story is the transition from Donegin's small cut on his foot that is lightly bleeding and his mother's refusal to pay more money to feed him well. "He wonders if there are sharks in these waters, and if they will be drawn to his anemic blood. His pediatrician had told his mother to give him more meat."
This story was published in the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 issue of Ep;phany: a literary journal.
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