The good-looking one, the one in need, the one that almost was
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Miciah Bay Gault is the editor of Hunger Mountain at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her fiction has appeared in Agni and The Literary Review. For a long time she wrote in a shed on the edge of Oyster Pond on Cape Cod, but now she writes in the attic of a tall blue house in Montpelier, Vermont, where she lives with her husband and children.
In the woods I saw box turtles mating, and I got down on my hands and knees to watch. The female had brown, mournful, thick-lidded eyes, a hooked beak like a bird, and a delicate, curving mouth. She stretched her wrinkled neck away from the male. I felt sorry for her.